Chromebooks have come a long way since I bought my 1st-gen HP 11 Chromebook back in the late middle ages.
Today, I'm sitting with my Lenovo "something or other" and I can install Android apps and happily write blog posts using my favorite Linux editor. Page generation in Jekyll and FTP upload included.
To me, a 10 second boot time and 10 hour battery life are more important than being able to run the latest 3D graphics fest or Microsoft Office. So what that the Chromebook doesn't have a 512 GB SSD drive, but for $200 I can live with a 64 GB USB stick and save my data to some encrypted cloud drive.
All in all, it's not a bad deal, and with Linux on board, privacy concerns are not that much of an issue.
Are Chromebooks the solution for all our computing problems? Probably not, but for me they are a totally adequate daily driver.