First, a word to the uneducated about Chromebooks, what they can and cannot do. When I got my first one, I discovered that you can't download and install software as you can on a PC. You can't install very many apps (although that is changing). There aren't very many flexible settings. If you need to run programs from your computer, the Chromebook is not for you. This is what the Chromebook does: it gives you an instant-on, always-fast web browsing experience, with light weight portability and long battery life. No need to take a power cord with you. No need to wait for warmup. No crashing, no hangups, almost no interruptions for updates, no screen suddenly going dark to save on the battery, no antivirus software slowing things down, and the machine will work just as fast a year from now as it does today.
Just about every Chromebook offers that. So why do I love this Chromebook? Well, this is my third (technically, my fourth). It costs nearly twice what the lower end Chromebooks do, but it's still a whole lot less than a well appointed laptop, and it is a phenomenal machine. First, let me just say what I use this for. I'm an insurance agent and I meet in people's homes. I want to pull out my tools without interrupting the flow of conversation. This machine is light as a feather and fits in my briefcase right next to my notepad (I've dropped machines and broken screens, so protection is a must for me), so I can make a very professional impression. The screen is small enough that it doesn't become a wall between me and my clients, but large enough for me to see everything clearly and for the touch screen to respond to the fine points with my fingers. (I hate touchpads.) If I really need to fine-tune, I have a stylus handy. The stylus can also allow me to "fancify" my presentation. I just use it to access buttons that are very small on my screen, that's fine enough. Also, on the rare occasion I need to resort to downloaded software, I use Desktop Remote to access my home computer from the Chromebook. The Chromebook has a wonderful size, a great light weight, a great look, and the ability to handle a dozen tabs open effortlessly. It just instantly became a seamless part of my presentation, and I don't have to worry about my brow becoming furrowed or the expression on my face becoming pained as I deal with any hang-ups, as it just doesn't screw up or lag behind my thoughts. I couldn't be happier. True, the apps don't download all that well, at least not yet, but for what I need, I'm thrilled.
Now for the fun part. It's just a whole lotta fun to zoom all over the web, to touch the screen, to get incredible quality for pictures or for watching hulu or Youtube or facebook, for carrying around. It just takes it all in stride and then some. Fun factor: 10. I imagine the Google Pixel, now discontinued but perhaps to be resurrected, would also be a 10, as it is the only machine out there with a better screen resolution, but it weighs a pound more. That's significant for me. The bright screen is amazing. For those who like tablets (I am a purist for a keyboard myself), it folds over nicely. The only drawback there is that the power button is on the right hand side, so if you turn the machine to the right and stand it on its side, as you might do if you want to read an ebook, you'll power off. (The Lenovo laptop I have also does the same thing -- what were they thinking?). You can rotate to the left, but that just doesn't feel natural to me. I vastly prefer a power key at the top of the keyboard. I also wish there was a DEL key, rather than having to learn some shortcut to delete. There are a couple of quirks to the keyboard, such as a small backspace key and a search button in place of the cap lock key, but it's a good size and not cramped for my slightly large (female) hands. I would prefer slightly more travel depth to the keys as you hit them, but they still feel pretty solid. Backlit keyboards are pretty, but not necessary with the light of the screen in my opinion. For me, that's irrelevant.
So, if you want a laptop without all the power and versatility that drags those things down, if you want absolutely breathtaking imagery, if you want portability, if you want a comfortable screen size and a very responsive touch screen, if you want to surf the web with a dozen tabs open, if you want a good long-lasting battery, this is the machine for you. I saw reviews about poor quality speakers, but they seem just fine to me. If this machine is out of your budget, and tablet mode isn't your thing, I highly recommend the HP touch screen machine for $259 instead. I'd still be using it if I hadn't dropped it and broke the screen.
By the way, a word about warranties. I got an extended warranty on my laptop, and I've used it many times, as I also dropped it and broke the screen. (Butterfingers!) I have no complaints about the service I got, except that any repair takes time, usually a minimum of two weeks. (Also, it's hard to speak with someone who's actually working on your machine, so in my situation, I had to send it back in 2 more times to get everything fixed that I'd mentioned when I first took it in, due to failure of everyone to properly communicate. Additionally, you're required to be home to sign for delivery of the computer back to you, which for me delayed things by another week as I rerouted it to the store instead where I could pick it up, as I found out the hard way that I needed to be present.) If you're like me and you need to use your machine daily, and you're a klutz like I am, you need to think about physically protecting your machine from damage so it can survive a fall. I now carry and store this machine in my briefcase that I'd kept from the 1980's, and oh boy, does it look good!