"Better than tablet for web-browsing but not apps...yet"4.5 starson by scorpiogt4
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.