So I bought a Dell Chromebook 11 and just tried it out on a short trip. My overall reaction is pretty positive:
- Cheap (~$260). Not a big deal on a business trip but I can imagine personal travel situations where I might be happier with an inexpensive laptop I wouldn't mind using.
- I don't love the screen, keyboard, or touchpad but they're all perfectly serviceable. In fact, after turning off the tap to click setting, I probably prefer the touchpad to most of the non-Apple touchpads I've tried in the past.
- It's a Chromebook (duh!) so it's designed to be used online but it's still usable for simple things like note taking even if you lose your connection.
- It's incrementally smaller and lighter than my MacBook Pro although, I will say that we seem to be converging on a 2-3# point for most 11-13" laptops. (This one is a bit over 2#.) So, while a nice travel size and weight, it's not so svelte and light as to make you go wow.
Bottom line: I can definitely see taking this on trips where I don't feel I don't plan to do a lot of "real" laptop work but might need to do some editing or writing that start to get beyond what I can easily accomplish on a tablet.