I am a big fan of these low-cost, secure systems. I have a Chromebook and use it often. The Chromebooks and Chromebox systems are cheap, very easy to use, never get viruses or other malware, and are cloud-based. That is, all applications and data are saved in the cloud for security and for ease of retrieval.
On the downside, these systems only work when connected to the Internet, usually by wi-fi. They also only run programs designed for use "in the cloud." (There are a few exceptions listed at https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3214688?hl=en.) Luckily, there are hundreds of Chrome-compatible programs available for word processing, spreadsheets, email, browsing the web, Facebook, Twitter, photography, video, watching movies, checkbook programs, Dropbox, ebook readers, as well as hundreds of games (including Angry Birds). Business apps are also available, including email marketing, CRM, accounting programs, Salesforce.com, PayPal, time and expense tracking, HTML editors and much, much more. You can find a lengthy list of Chrome-compatible programs at https://chrome.google.com/webstore.
I think Chromebooks and Chromebox computers are ideal for use by adolescents and by anyone who is not a computer expert, as well as being excellent, low-cost second systems for anyone else. I consider myself to be a computer expert and yet I still use the Chromebook often because it is so secure and easy to use and is a great laptop for use when traveling. I also like the fact that Chromebook computers boot up within a few seconds after turning the power on, unlike Windows and Macintosh systems.
Google has now introduced a few new Chromebooks and a Chromebox that were made in partnership with ASUS and Toshiba, powered by Intel’s Haswell processor. The Haswell processor is known for being more powerful than most other processor chips while simultaneously requiring less power from the laptop's battery. Google claims these new models can last “all day” on a single charge. Best of all, these systems will sell for $300 or a bit less.
Google doesn't manufacture these computers but does create the operating system and does a lot of the hardware design work. Then various computer companies sign agreements with Google to manufacture the actual computers.
The New Acer Chromebook and the HP Chromebook 14 will appear in stores within the next few weeks, in time for the holiday shopping season. Over the coming months, Chromebooks from other manufacturers will appear, including new systems from ASUS and Toshiba.
You can learn more in the several articles about the new computers by starting at https://www.google.com/#q=Chromebook+Haswell.