I've been using the Samsung Chromebook as my primary (and only) laptop for the past few months. For most tasks it performs admirably. It boots fast, takes up very little space and sips power. However once I started seriously writing again, the limitations of the machine caused me to hit a wall.
I was surprised at how much I really missed using my printer. (Before you email me - I know you can hook up a printer to the cloud with Google, but it requires having another computer with a traditional OS in order to do it.) I also discovered that on the odd occasion I need to remote into my work computer, the tiny screen on the Chromebook just doesn't cut it.
Much as I wanted it to be, Google Docs just isn't a replacement for Word or Scrivener. I tried - I really did - but I just didn't like the way I had to work around things in Docs. Upload and convert, edit, download and convert, email, re-upload and convert. Check for errors at every step. It was a pain.
I also acquired some new equipment for my home theater and I couldn't update my Harmony remote to use it, which was icing on my frustration cake. After much deliberation, I decided I needed a "real" PC to act as my main device.
For about $40 more than I spent on the Chromebook ($289USD) I found a reasonably specced Lenovo laptop, the N580. It's not a powerhouse by any means but it's a solid machine for what I need. It has a traditional OS (Windows) which allows me to do three things that are vital to my books: use GIMP and/or Photoshop, edit my annotated manuscripts with Microsoft Word, and connect to all the disparate hardware devices I have in my house.