The Chromebook concept is an interesting one. Google has made good progress in getting people to accept the internet-only premise, but they still have work to do on that front. So sticking with a low-cost product line is the best way to go for now.
One obstacle to wider adoption of Chromebooks (especially in business) is the popularity of Windows applications, especially Microsoft Office. One way around this is with solutions like Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP client that enables Chromebook users to connect to Terminal Server or VDI virtual desktops, and run Windows applications (like MS Office) or even full desktops in a browser tab. So even if you purchase a Chromebook for casual home use, you can also use it to connect to your work applications if necessary.
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Please note that I work for Ericom