For most people not a sufficient replacement for your primary computer, but a very fine second computer to use for browsing, docs, basic games, etc.
It really is just a laptop with the Chrome browser and little else, as the name implies. If that's what you're looking for then this is fantastic.
- Very nice texture - feels soo nice
- Boots incredibly fast
- Clean and succinct UI
- If you're currently a user of the Google infrastructure, set up takes about 10 seconds
- All other standard laptop form factor pro's that we take for granted
- No virus worries
- Chrome Remote Desktop is brill for those times you need to access your Windows box
- Screen size, rez, brightness, and viewing angles are great
- Bilingual keyboards suck
- The included media player does not play mpeg
- For printing, requires a Google Cloud Print compatible printer, or a Cloud Print Server
- For my tastes, the charge port is on the wrong side
- No Skype compatibility
- No VPN, but for the most part Chrome Remote Desktop could negate this
In regards to the refurbished model I bought :
- On mine, one of the arrow keys seems about to pop off
- None of the Google benefits apply for a refurbished Chromebook - no 100 gig of Google drive free for two years, no Google Music, etc.
- The description mentioned a small imperfection on the top of the device, but I don't see one.