The first couple of generations of Chromebooks were stripped-down laptops running Google’s Chrome OS — literally, little more than the browser as an operating system — and were more hype than reality. At best they worked for kids or the tech-averse: Fine for basics like email, Facebook and YouTube but it was a major struggle to make one of them your main machine.
Now Chromebooks have had a few generations to evolve. Many have standard Intel Core processors, better file management and access to Android apps via the Google Play Store. It now feels like the category has gotten a major reboot, as seen in the excellent new Samsung Chromebook Pro.