There do seem to be a lot of Chromebook haters on here...
...and I don't really understand why.
For what 99% of users want, they are perfect. No worries about backup (it's up on the cloud, so you don't lose it), no worries about remembering to update (as it happens automatically).
The more recent ones allow you do quite a lot locally, even when you're not connected to the internet. And more and more, not being connected to the internet is becoming the exception, not the rule.
Yes, they can't run Office. But how many normal users need Office? Yes, they're not much good for gaming (though there ARE some good games) - but then, niether is a cheap Windows machine.
I use mine all the time. My daughter uses hers all the time. And if all you want to do is surf the net, look at YouTube, write a few basic documents, and dash off a few mails, I can't think why you'd need anything else.