Tonight I sit here typing up my responses on a Samsung Chromebook 11.6". I was extremely skeptical at first, but I gotta say, for the $250....I am really digging this device.
It's cheap enough that nobody would expect it to be a full fledged laptop and do what standard laptops can do. Therefore, it's easy to accept it's limitations and use it for what it is. I understand that there isn't much you can do on the device if you don't have an Internet connection (well you can do Offline Google Docs)...but because this is a device for mostly web surfing and is $250...that's easy to get past.
It seems to be built pretty well. I wish the resolution was higher than 1386x768...but it's an 11.6" screen...so you cannot ask for too much. It's got 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It has HDMI out, USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 port, Headphone and Microphone jack. SDCard slot, and a SIM card slot in the back for future cellular options. The battery seems to last 6-8 hours, and it charges in about 30-45 minutes. It weights about 2.5lbs and the keyboard is a chicklet style like a MacBook. It boots up in about 12 seconds from being powered off, and is on in about 3 seconds from sleep. The touchpad itself isn't all that great, and the fact that you have to press with 2 fingers to right click is a bit odd.....but all in all it's usable.
It's perfect for my home web surfing. Can check email, facebook, these forums, listen to Amazon MP3 cloud player, etc. The kids love it for watching YouTube videos. It's like a tablet, but without having to use a touchscreen and an onboard keyboard. I can type just fine on this keyboard and i'm so much faster than I would be with my tablet or smartphone.
All in all, pretty slick little device. Does exactly what I would want a lightweight netbook to do, and it costs what I would expect for a device of this type.
Edit: Forgot to mention, you get 100GB of Google Drive space free for 2 years when you purchase a ChromeBook.
Edit2: And it's FANLESS..and I love quiet computers.