Excerpt: preinstalled windows 8 - so great! touch screen - so easy it's almost obscene- it's so easy to love! I used it for these various activities: [Average] PC Gaming or [Excellent] Facebook Gaming [Excellent] Social Media surfing (Twitter,Facebook,Linkedin) [Excellent] Video Chatting (Skype) [Excellent] Streaming Shows HD (Netlfix,Youtube,Hulu,iTunes) [Excellent] Music Library (iTunes,Amazon MP3,Lastfm,Spotify)... It seemed like a much more expensive laptop.
Summary: To preface, I have been a very long time user of Windows, in fact I was using Windows before it was Windows (DOS and Word 1.0) and still own the very first Microsoft mouse (very ugly and cheesy). I used to own a PC repair business. I am the family PC fixer. Hopefully you understand I have been around the proverbial Windows block. :-) That just changed a few weeks ago...
Summary: Purchased 05/06/14. Purchased with: iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case (clear), AmazonBasics 14.1" Case, AmazonBasics 3-Button Wired Mouse. I absolutely LOVE my new HP Chromebook 14 w/T-Mobile!!! I was somewhat worried about going to a 14" from a 15" screen, but I can actually read the HP better, (Settings > Very Large; 100%, which I think helps). As a first time HP consumer, I'm very impressed, they have a winner here!
Summary: for surfing web it is a great machine my wife loves it, easy to operate, quick restart, battery holds charge fine very nice security, can set up not only password but can have a call with pin number in order to access it very nice
Summary: I have installed linux on many laptops, and I have always ended up with unreliable wireless. With the chromebook, the story is different. Using crouton, you can install a Ubuntu system which shares the resources of Chrome OS, allowing you to benefit from the solid wireless support built into the chromebook. The only downside is that there is no way to setup a virtual private network, which you might need to access some secure servers.
Summary: Like many of you I was apprehensive at first. I even carefully saved the packaging just in case. But from day one I fell in love with my Chromebook. Of course there are some mental adjustments to be made...like routinely saving to the Google Drive instead of the HDD and not installing apps. But I soon realized that most everything I did on a PC was centered around the internet (and the Google ecosystem) anyway!
Summary: I bought this computer for my fiancee for her school work and it has worked out amazingly well. The beauty and downfall of a Chromebook is that it must always be connected to the internet. While this keeps the Chromebook ALWAYS backed up with the user's Google Drive it can also limit portability to areas with WiFi, any prospective buyer needs to keep this in mind.
Summary: very good computer, beautifully constructed and looks awesome as well. i have the 4g model which is a lifesaver in many situations, i just dont like the trackpad because it is very jittery and the whirring sound from the fan, other than that great competent machine