Chromebooks are basically the linux kernel (what android is based off by the way) but with a modified version of chome on it.
Chrome OS is not really a full fledged OS unlike say Windows or OSX on a Mac but they are very useful if you just want a computer to browse.
But if you want a full fledged system then yes chromebooks will limit you.
They are cheap for a reason, not offering the same amount of apps that android does nor as many as windows.
I am not opposed to chromebooks myself as they are great for people who only use a computer to browse the web, but if you want to play any games, use windows programs or anything very complex then they are not for you.
For people like my mother who owns a Chromebook its a great solution as she only uses her computer for web browsing, she doesnt use her machine to create spreadsheets, word documents, play steam games, compile applications, programming or any other computer task.
Now yes technically you can use a chromebook to create word documents and spreadsheets and the like as Microsoft office online is available on chromebooks.
But full fledged MS office isn't, nor are there any real photo editing programs like photoshop on them.
As long as you are aware of the limitations and know that you cannot install your favorite .exe on them then they are quite capable, of course i really wish Google would finally merge chromeOS and android already as you can use a keyboard and mouse in android with a little tweaking to make it comparable to a desktop interface like you do in windows or OSX or main line linux distros like Mint.
Edited by MadmanRB, 15 July 2017 - 09:28 PM.