Just borrowed a Chromebook. And I have to say that so far, I could definitely see using one of these full-time. Question is — what programs do I use that aren’t web-based? First, I’m a power user of Google Apps and could pretty easily exist with Drive, Docs, Presentations, Forms, Spreadsheets. Then Chrome Apps like Tweetdeck, Weather Channel, etc. I’d be almost set.
But I use several other programs in my teaching that aren’t web-based: Scratch, LEGO Mindstorms, GameMaker, and Processing (for my Arduino). That would probably eliminate the Chromebook as the only device for me. Perhaps with so many programs going to the cloud, in a year or two we should revisit it.
But it has a great form factor: light, nice keyboard, thin. Good battery life. I’ll stay tuned.