I just put together a nice desktop system with a 256G Samsung 840 Pro SSD and a 1TB WD Black HDD. Both are awesome; the systems boots really fast on the superfast SSD, the HDD is pretty fast for a HDD, and gives me plenty of affordable storage, for 1/8th the price of a 1T SSD. It's important back up HDDs and SSDs: SSDs have signficant failure rates (just look at Newegg SSD feedback).
For my next portable system, I'm heavily leaning towards a Win 8.1 tablet with keyboard, such as a Dell Venue 11 Pro; I want OK performance with long battery life, light weight, and a decent keyboard. But that's not happening for a while.
that is an interesting aspect of our current place in computing. I saw many engineers who still needed monsters on their desk, but admittedly those were mainly mechanical engineers. Some things could be offloaded to a cluster (structural analysis) but the rest required that they have a machine capable of rendering complex structures right there.
The Chrome book is a good compromise for a quick computer if you don't need the high performance. Most of the stuff we do these days doesn't need the performance. We can always offload the compute intesive tasks to a server. I would be afraid of Acer just due to past experience. Still have one next to me that the mother board in the laptop died after 13 months...
What about the chromebook commercial where it can't get you to LA only to Reno? I guess low cost is good for us.
@Duane - I WANT ONE!!! I don't do a lot of stuff that is PC intensive and if I can get a USB drive for my reams of PDF dataheets etc then I am sure it would suit me fine. Thanks for that, I will see if I can find one around here.