- Great browsing experience
- It just works.
- Desktop websites are accessed instead of mobile websites that might be default with tablets.
- Syncs with the Chrome browser of other operating systems.
- Simple but effective file management system
- Works well with Bluetooth and WiFi
- Simple USB devices such as a mouse and keyboard should work fine
- Nice integration with Google Drive
- Built-in sd card reader is nice for transferring pictures
- Google Hangouts works really well
- Weight and battery life are comparable to tablets
- Device issues (not Chrome OS issues)
- The screen on the Samsung Chromebook could be improved
- Video can be a little choppy depending on the site
- Interfacing with external devices can be difficult if it requires special software in Windows
- Cannot update Garmin device firmware
- Cannot transfer DRM e-book files
- This is inherent in Chrome OS. Device manufacturers have already started to adjust to this new reality by including Bluetooth and WiFi connections.
- Picture management is not as good as on a Windows or Mac pc.
- Picasa 3.9 for Windows writes location, keyword, and caption data to EXIF data of files, I have not found an online system that does this.
- This means that if you add location and caption information in Google Drive, Google+ Photos, Microsoft Skydrive, or flickr the file information is not written to the file, but to some sort of internal database
- If you download the picture, any added location or caption information is not downloaded with the file.
- This means that your photos do not have full data portability
- One exception - If Google+ Photos are downloaded into the Picasa 3.9 Windows application, the data is then written to the files.
- The default photo app is OK, not great.
- Websites that require some specific plugins will not work.
- For example: Skype will not work on a Chromebook
Here is a summary of the few thing that keep a Chromebook from being my only desktop device:
1) Cannot update Garmin device firmware
2) Cannot transfer DRM e-book files via USB
3) Cannot edit location, keyword, and caption data of picture files
4) Cannot sync music with Google Music, so at this time you cannot add music to Google Music that is not from the play store.
All these points are software issues and hopefully will be added via some service in the future. I use my Windows laptop once or twice a month for these issues, so they are not a reason to stay away from Chromebooks in my opinion.