I have an iPad 3 and just pre-ordered a Microsoft Surface, but my buddy and MoTR podcast co-host Kevin Tofel has been selling me on the virtues of the Chromebook. As my ZDNet colleague James Kendrick pointed out you can now buy a reduced spec Chromebook for just $249 and even then I figured I would skip it as I have other devices. I then went to the Amazon preorder page and after seeing a few of the added services that come with the Chromebook I ordered one right away.
12 free Gogo in-air internet passes
I travel quite a bit for my professional engineering job, primarily on Alaska Airlines, and one of the included services with a new Chromebook is 12 free passes (estimated $150 value) that you can use over 2 years on domestic US flights with Gogo. I have a flight to DC coming up right after the estimated 31 October delivery date of my Chromebook so plan to test this out right away. I enjoy using Gogo services and this included service has real value for me.
100GB of free Google Drive storage
I like using cloud storage services and currently use Skydrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive as my primary solutions. With a new Chromebook purchase you get 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years ($119.76 value).
I used a Chromebook for a couple of weeks and enjoyed the keyboard and utility of the Chrome OS. Now that Google is partnering to give me $269.76 in services that are valuable and will be used by me, how can I pass on the $249 device? In effect, I am receiving $20 to buy a Chromebook and I imagine there is even more value than that in the efficiency and usefulness in using Chrome on the new Chromebook.