I have written often about Chromebook laptops. (You can see my earlier articles by starting at http://goo.gl/SBelpR.) I have one of the early Chromebooks and use it often. If you are thinking of purchasing one of these laptops for yourself, a family member, or a friend, now may be the time to do so. The Woot.com web site is offering Acer 11.6-inch Chromebooks for $149.99.
The Acer C710-2856 Chromebook has an 11.6-inch HD CineCrystal LED screen, and Intel Celeron 847 processor, 2 gigabytes of memory, 802.11n wi-fi wireless networking, and the Chrome operating system. It includes a 720-pixel webcam that works well at two-way video conferencing. The laptop is lightweight at three pounds and is one-inch thin.
You should be aware that the Acer C710-2856 Chromebooks being sold on Woot.com are factory reconditioned. Each one includes a 90-day warranty from Acer and a one-year warranty from SquareTrade is available for an extra $34.99. I wouldn't purchase the extra warranty, however. I have purchased a number of factory reconditioned items over the years and almost all of them have been perfect. The one or two that had a problem always became obvious in much less than 90 days.
Chromebooks come with popular Google apps built in. You can play and work right out of the box within minutes after connecting to your in-home or office wi-fi network. All Chromebooks use Google's Search, Gmail, Talk and YouTube. You can create documents, spreadsheets, presentations and drawings with apps like Google Docs, Zoho and SlideRocket - and thousands more are available from the Chrome Web Store. It works with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and almost all other online sites. You can also video chat with up to nine friends using Google+ Hangouts. Chromebooks boot up in seconds, never get viruses and most of the applications automatically make backups of application data in the cloud without user intervention. Not bad for $149.99!
No, I am not being compensated to write this article. I am simply a satisfied Chromebook user who has several friends and acquaintances who also use Chromebooks and like them. Chromebooks are not for everyone, however. If you are already a knowledgeable computer user who can easily navigate around Windows or Macintosh, you may find the Chromebook to be too elementary for you. Also, if you need heavy-duty computing power for graphics editing, engineering applications, or similar applications that consume a lot of processing power, you shouldn't be looking at any $150 computer. However, for light-duty computing on the web and elsewhere in any location with an available wi-fi connection, a Chromebook is an excellent low-cost option, especially for computer non-experts.
If you are looking for a low-cost laptop for yourself, a family member, or a friend, you might look at http://www.woot.com/offers/acer-c710-2856-atom-1-1-ghz-2g-16g-11-6-in-chromebook.
NOTE: The Acer C710-2856 Chromebook is available only for the remainder of today or "until sold out," whichever comes first.