Google sent out the notebooks so people could see an early version of its Chrome operating system in action. The strengths and weaknesses of the hardware are therefore irrelevant. Nevertheless, it's hard to write about the author's experience of the Chrome OS without some notes about the hardware package it came wrapped in. So: The notebook's battery life is excellent even when continuously connected to wifi. But it's as a proof of concept of Chrome OS that it really lost him. Few of the people are at the point where they're willing to live entirely in the Cloud.