Being what it is, look around for the famous cheap refurb chromebook from best buy. Here's the link I found.
That's 199 and you won't feel as burned if it doesn't meet your needs.
As to the Haswell question, you'll pay for that.
I am looking into purchasing a Chromebook, but need some advice. I am a high school teacher and use Google Docs exclusively and thus have no problem with the Chrome OS or always connected issues. I also have no desire to purchase a tablet, as I have worked extensively with both the newest IPad version and Microsoft Surface. Both of these do not fit my needs as an educator at all. I also have a laptop and powerful desktop, but need something portable. Here is what I need help with:
- Samsung, Acer, or HP?
- I read about the new haswell models: are these worth waiting for? Any idea when they are going to be released? I am not the most patient person when I have my mind made up on something.
- I also like idea of my device not slowing down over time (like my laptop) - any alternative options to the Chromebook that isn't a tablet?