I just received this Chromebook today. Recently, since the addition of Android apps on ChromeOS, I've been using a Chromebook more and more. I do believe for 90% of people, all they need is ChromeOS. I was using an Asus Chromebook Flip before, but with the low res screen , low RAM, and Rockchip SoC, I was not having the best experience (lockups, slowdowns, etc). Anyway, if you want a premium ChromeOS experience but don't want to shell out $1000 for a Pixelbook, definitely take a look at the Chromebook Pixel (2015). This thing is really a wonderful piece of hardware. It is much heavier than my previous devices (even heavier than my Vaio Z Canvas), but it is top notch. The keyboard is very nice and the screen is absolutely gorgeous. I will also say this is the fastest computing experience in Chrome that I've experienced so far; everything is instant. I don't think you would go wrong with either the i5/8 or i7/16. 16GB is probably overkill, but hey why not.