Google just unveiled the Chromebook Pixel, which is...not what I expected.But it's not! Matter of fact, I'm typing this on a Samsung Chromebook right now, because not three hours ago my four-year-old MacBook Pro made a noise like a bug zapper killing a mosquito and then turned off in the middle of a post. (I'm not sure what's wrong with it.) And I haven't lost a step. For casual computing use, a Chromebook is far more capable than, say, an iPad--it has a real trackpad, a real keyboard, it can play Flash and basically everything else on the internet, it has good web apps for easy stuff like instant messaging and Twitter and Evernote all the way up to complex stuff like image editing, I can get my music and video from web sources like Rdio and Hulu, I do my office-type stuff on Google Docs, and, basically, there's very little that a low- to mid-intensity user would want to do that it can't do. It's quicker and thinner and more power-efficient than those crappy 10-inch netbooks everyone used a few years ago, because it's so streamlined in function. And more to the point, the Samsung Chromebook costs $250.