An article by Shep McAllister in the Gizmodo.com web site confirms the popularity of Chromebook laptops. He has Christmas present recommendations for Macintosh, Windows, Chromebook, and Gaming Laptops in his article at http://gizmodo.com/the-laptops-worth-buying-this-holiday-season-1457597408.
In response to a couple of comments posted at the end of my earlier article, I will also repeat some things I wrote earlier:
1. Chromebook computers will not run Windows, Macintosh, or Linux programs. If your favorite genealogy program or any other program is written for Windows or Macintosh or Linux, it will not run on a Chromebook. A long list of available programs for the Chromebook operating system may be found at https://chrome.google.com/webstore. You will find many familiar names in that list.
2. The big attractions of Chromebook computers are the low purchase prices, ease of use, nearly instant boot process, infinite storage capabilities, no need to purchase software, no need to install software, and the fact that Chromebooks never get viruses.
3. If you already own a Macintosh or Windows laptop and are comfortable with its use, you won't find much that appeals to you in a Chromebook. After all, Chromebooks were not designed for people who are already computer literate. Instead, they are designed for computer novices, ranging from eight-year-olds to senior citizens. The required learning curve for using a Chromebook is trivial.
4. There may be one exception for those who are already computer literate: a Chromebook makes for an excellent, low-cost laptop for use when traveling. If you do not yet own a laptop, a Chromebook may meet your basic requirements at a low price. You can check email, surf the web, use Facebook, write word processing documents, and play games for $200 to $300. That can be enticing, but don't try architectural design or to perform sophisticated picture editing with a Chromebook. If you need that sort of functionality, be prepared to pay a lot more for a Macintosh or Windows laptop.