I have been using the macbook air since rev a (To include latest model) up until a week ago and loved it, but it never met all my needs, and I required an iMac to do some of my work as well. I have also used an Ipad along with it too i've never cared for large touchscreen devices mainly using it to check things online if I had free time. Chrome was my main web browser on my air, and when working away from home I found myself often using the remote software tool to accomplish tasks on my iMac as time went on I found 99% of its use was to remotely log in to another computer and the simple tasks were being delegated back to my Ipad. Using a Chromebook I could: .Accomplish same amount of work as on my air. .Do the same things as on my Ipad in the same amount of time. .What little maintenance I needed to do is now gone. .I can relax more with this computer if its lost or stolen EVERYTHING is backed up and I can replace it several times before hitting the cost of replacing an air. . Local storage on the machine allows me to access my content offline and still do just about the same amount I could do with an air offline. Tasks my Chromebook handles: .Remote pc logins .Basic video and picture editing. .Between iWork google docs and office all my spreadsheets and papers. .Torrents and http downloads .Games such as angry birds and up to Battlefield (Haven't had a chance to try it yet.) What I miss: .Apples build quality (At $150 it is still good) .A backlight keyboard .Battery life ( I can get 7 hours on mine but could get even more on my air.) .I'm not a big Google supporter and your often pushed a little to use their services though alternatives are easy to set up. Overall I am glad I made the switch and would highly recommend this laptop if you have an iMac or desktop to remote control or if your looking for something hassle free to recommend to someone with simple uses (I know 2 people who use it as their sole computer.) Worst case if you truly hate it you can dual boot Linux and you can resell it without losing too much money.