Tim wants to know if a Chromebook is a good option for general purpose computing. Leo says absolutely. The Chromebook is great because it runs on a simple browser without any other operating system or application required. With Google's services like Google Drive, Mail, Contacts, Photos, etc, he can do just about anything. They're very secure and reliable as well.
Leo recommends getting one with at least 4GB of RAM. Acer has a new one that's built with an aluminum case, so it's very durable. $300 for the base model. It has a 13" screen and 32GB storage. Chrome has extensions for apps as well. Does it work with touch? Leo says not yet, but that's coming.