I have written often about the advantages of Chromebooks, the low-cost laptop computers designed primarily for use with the cloud. (See https://goo.gl/AAaOZr for a list of my past articles about Chromebooks.)
Last year I purchased an ASUS Chromebook Flip 10.1-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Chromebook and it has become my primary traveling computer. I paid more for it when it was new but I see the price for it has dropped to $249.99 on Amazon and that includes 100 gigabytes of FREE storage on Google Drive and UNLIMITED music from Google Play Music. (See https://goo.gl/0dT4uG for the details.)
This 2-pound computer includes a “flip screen” so that it can be used either as a laptop or as a tablet. It boots up almost instantly, never gets a virus, and the battery lasts 8 to 10 hours on a single charge.
Like all Chromebooks, this tiny laptop will run a lot of programs when offline (see http://goo.gl/8pr4dd for Everything You Can Do Offline With a Chromebook by David Nield). However, all Chromebooks are really intended for use when connected to the Internet.
Steve Kovach, Senior Correspondent at Tech Insider, has written two articles that I would recommend as reading for anyone considering purchasing a Chromebook: You shouldn’t spend more than $300 on a computer at http://www.techinsider.io/dont-spend-a-fortune-on-a-laptop-2016-6 and Here’s why Chromebooks are going to be so awesome at http://www.techinsider.io/how-android-apps-will-work-on-chromebook-2016-6.
If you are thinking of purchasing a low-cost laptop for yourself or for someone else, you might want to first read those two articles.