Chromebooks are essentially netbooks and priced pretty much in line with netbook pricing. Some may argue that the Chromebooks don't have all the "bells and whistles" of a typical netbook but that's not the point. Most netbooks don't boot in less than 10 seconds, they don't have "instant on" capability and they don't run a self-healing, secure OS. A 3lb. Chromebook is portable enough with sufficiently long battery run times to be useful to people who spend almost all of their time connected to the Internet. Macbook Pros are much more expensive than Chromebooks and tablets are at least the same price or more expensive than Chromebooks. For example, the Acer Iconia A500 Wi-Fi tablet costs $449.99, which is the same price as the Acer Cromia 3G Chromebook. Tablets are generating a lot of buzz and millions will be sold this year, but the Chromebook looks like it could re-invigorate the market for netbooks by defining a niche where they are not just another small notebook that is hard to type on.