sanderclan wrote:I too was looking at the chromebooks, what are the shortcomings?
There are a lot. I don't know about you, but I got the 3G one, and it's a bad joke. 100MB of data per month is pretty pathetic, but would have worked for my needs--if the service wasn't so bad in my area that it takes five minutes to load even the pictures on any given webpage.
Aside from that, the construction is VERY poor. I can click the mouse by pressing on the case on the OUTside, opposite the track pad--makes the clicking sound and everything. If you press on the back of the screen, not only does it bend forward significantly, but it also exposes the USB sockets that are under it: that is, they are not fully enclosed, part of them is just blocked by the screen.
Beyond all that, I just don't like to be spied on, and the deal with the OS is that EVERYTHING is Google--you literally cannot install any software on it unless it is an "app" that Google developed and, Google being Google, they mine all your information (everything that you do on the computer is accessible to them, because all the software is theirs), keep it, and use it to (at least) advertise to you. I'm pretty freaked out by that.
On the other hand, I just got a laptop from here that has a much better processor, better construction, is an HP, has a disc drive, and WITH THE WARRANTY, will cost the same amount as the Chromebook that I'm now returning. Thanks Woot!