Ease of use
Fast start-up time
Tremendous sync with all your Chrome/Google stuff
Cons Yes, it feels a little too flex-y
Keyboard is a little mushy
Summary I bought this for my 12 year old son, hoping he'd like it for school, wireless printing, some games, transfer his music collection to Google Music, have easy portability, etc....He didn't love it. Why? No Minecraft, different version (or none) of familiar games, different interface than the Apple/Mac versions he plays with on his iPod Touch, unwillingness to stretch and learn Google Docs, etc...Just not an easy sell to a 12 year old who likes all things Apple. So...I took it back from him (with no guilt; only after he confirmed he finds it more trouble than it is worth to use and is too different from what he is comfortable with)...and...I really, really like it. Boot-up/fast start-up is at least 3 times faster than any Windows or Mac thing I've used, the screen is bright enough, the keyboard is okay-enough, and it is light, ultra-portable and connected with everything that matters to me -- G Mail, Google Music (with over 12,000 songs on it, for me), Google Docs, Facebook, other apps. It prints wirelessly to my Lexmark printer, I can use it to take notes while people are talking (I'm a therapist), it recharges quickly...What's not to like? If you are lucky enough to still find one to buy, get a 3 year Square Trade Warrantee with it. They've replaced/fixed my old Lenovo laptop twice under warranty, with free shipping both ways. Peace of mind. Thanks Google and Samsung!
Pros cheap price ($249 plus 100gb of free storage online for 2 years), thin, good battery life, easy to use
Cons must familiarize yourself with Google operating system to use effectively (like any new type of computer there is a learning curve).
Summary This computer meets the needs of most consumers. It is fast and browses the internet quickly. Almost everyone uses their computer on the internet exclusively. I haven't used any computer in the last 10 years without internet connection, so it was an easy buy for me. Also, Google provides many programs and services for free. There is no need to buy security software or any other misc. programs. Over the life the computer, most computer users will save a lot of money if they learn to use Google's free ecosystem.
Pros Fast start up
Fluid, responsive, and quick
Chrome remote desktop
Access online content not accessible to tablets
Cons Will slowdown if you try to open 10 plus tabs with a lot of content.
Not a lot of useful apps, could really use a better PDF reader.
Summary When it comes to web-browsing, there are a lot of sites that use flash that aren't tablet friendly. And there are also websites that restrict content from tablets, like Hulu.com. With the Chromebook, you have access to all those sites just as if you were visiting them with a regular Mac or PC.
This computer doesn't have the most powerful specs, but because of the ultra lite operating system, everything works and responds very vast. However, the machine is not invincible and will start to struggle if you open about 10 or more content heavy websites.
My favorite feature on the Chrome browser is the "Chrome Remote Desktop" application. It makes it easy for you to control a computer at home remotely with your Chromebook through the internet. It is easy to set up and it works great (as long as you have a decent internet connection wherever you are). So if you need a powerful machine, you can just use the Chromebook to access and do work on a more powerful desktop on the go. I use my Chromebook to work on Matlab projects on my home desktop while I'm at college.
Of course this machine is almost useless without internet connection, but isn't that true of tablets as well? You can still watch movies, listen to music, and play games that are stored locally on the hard drive or on an external drive.
My main gripe with Chromebook is the lack of applications. I use this machine for college, and I have a lot of content on PDF files to study. The standard PDF viewer in Chrome is very basic. It doesn't let you add comments/highlights or jump to specific bookmarks. Hopefully in the near feature there will be an upgrade or a better app available on the Chrome Web Store.
"Good Product"on by bsgraves49
Pros Good Performance, Fast Boot, Light
Cons Not Netflix ready, some internet services don't work, Internet based (Better have internet connection to do really anything)
Summary Great Product, Cheap, Love It, Would recommend to anyone on the go or in school.
Pros Very portable, and capable of basic everyday tasks!
Cons The screen isn't the best around, but for the cost it's good enough.