"What a Happy Accident! Laptop died, bought a Chromebook"5.0 starson by Ken-on-CNET
Pros: <> Great screen: very clear, crisp fonts, good for e-books & websites
<> Chrome Store is great! Lots of free apps
<> Dead simple interface
<> No viruses
<> No updating
<> USB/SD/CRT/SVGA ports
<> It is only $1
Cons: <> Keyboard a little small, but you get used to it
<> Speakers are a little tinny
<> Could have the battery last a little longer, but I am really stretching here to say negative things about it
Summary: My laptop died, so I went dutifully ot Best Buy to see if he could be saved. (He could, but it would have been expensive.) For less than the price of them just looking at my dead laptop, I walked 5 aisles over and impulsively bought the cheapest Chromebook I coudl find, the Acer for $199. $199! My +phone+ cost more than that!Oops. I stated it wrong. It comes with a VGA port and an HDMI port (not SVGA and CRT -- should have looked that up, sorry.)
I have not regretted this purchase not for a second. Anyone who writes a negative review either lives in the woods without wireless access or simply doesn't want to give it a chance, out of some bias.
Anyway, if you have one fully-loaded PC in your house, I highly recommend making any other supplemental computer a Chromebook. They are light, portable, simple, and uncluttered, with an easy interface and full access to Google docs, Dropbox, and Google drive for storage. Plus, there is a handy SD slot in the front and also a strangely-underadvertised hard drive. Also strangely underadvertised is the Chrome Store itself (please google it). It is not Google Play -- that is only for Android and phone/tablet devices. The Chrome Store is great. I get so many free useful apps on there.
Anyway, give it a go. See for yourself. You have very little to lose.
Updated on Jan 29, 2013