I currently use a Google Nexus 7 and a bluetooth keyboard in my travels rather than lug a laptop. It does just about everything I need to do.
However, as I'm getting older and the eyesight is not improving, I've been thinking of replacing the above setup with the new Chromebook. (Getting a larger tablet and taking the keyboard gets heavy.)
Does anyone have a Chromebook? Your opinion if you do? What do you find limiting about it? How well does it play videos storage devices? (flash? MP4? avi?)
i have a Chromebook and for blogging it covers almost everything I need but on the Video front it is a little anemic.
I may have to pick one up and try it out. If I don't like it, I can always return it. Considering it's only $279, I can't complain much.
Frank, you might want to hold off for another month. There are a bunch of new Chromebooks coming out. If you're looking for something budget, the new Acer C720 has a Haswell processor (better battery life) and 4GB of RAM, which should take care of the video lag.
Acer C720 Chromebook first impressions: Fast and cheap | ZDNet
I want one in the worst way for my main writing machine. I'm waiting to see what Toshiba comes out with, though, before I decide.
ETA: OMGChrome has some good info.
I'm just beginning to look now but probably won't buy until early next year when I'll need it. I as in Staples today and played with one for a few minutes. It's different than what I'm used to but look like just what I need for my travels. And since I don't plan to spend more than $300, I won't cry too much if lost or stolen.
A couple of reviews that may be of interest:
Acer C720 Chromebook review | The Verge
HP Chromebook 11 review | The Verge
Acer C720 Chromebook review: High on power, low on panache - Computerworld
HP Chromebook 11 review: Affordable style for life in the cloud - Computerworld
It's interesting to compare and contrast. It seems like the CB11 is more stylish, while the C720 runs better. I pick the latter, but YMMV. I think I'm still holding out for the Toshiba, at least to see what they come up with.
You might be interested in this:
Side-by-Side: HP Chromebook 11 vs. Acer C720 | TIME.com
I'm in no rush to buy one and will probably wait until after the holidays. Who knows what might come out between now and then.