IT aside, many desktop and work apps I use every day aren't available on Chrome. Photoshop is one example. It's easy to find browser-based photo editors in the Chrome store, but as far as I know, none are as robust as Photoshop. And I've already wasted too much time tinkering with other apps, trying to figure out how to perform relatively basic editing tasks.
I wrote this post using the Chromebook Pixel, but I had to switch over to my PC to send it off to my editor and then upload the final copy to CIO.com's content management system, which was designed to work with Firefox or Internet Explorer. (For some reason, our CMS hates Chrome.)
The very nature of the Chrome OS means that some popular Windows and Mac apps will not make it over to Google's OS -- and even if they do, they'll often be slimmed down versions. That's fine and good, but if your job requires you to use certain apps, or corporate systems are designed to work with a non-Google browser, you're out of luck.
4) The Chromebook Pixel is way too expensive
The Chromebook Pixel I'm using is a review unit from Google, so I didn't pay for it. If Google did not provide a Pixel, I would not be writing this post, because there's no way in Hades that I would pay $1,450 for the machine. (I'm using the 64GB, LTE-equipped model. The 32GB, Wi-Fi only version costs $1,300, but that's still more than I'd pay.)
It's not that I don't like the Pixel. I do. And it's not because I'm a cheap you-know-what. I am, but $1,300 to $1,500 is not an unreasonable price for a top-of-the-line machine with high-end hardware.
As stated above, I personally cannot use the Chromebook for work, because the apps and services I need aren't all available. So I need another machine as a backup. And I just don't have $1,400 to drop on a computer that's great looking and a pleasure to use but that doesn't get the job done -- just as I don't have the scratch to drop on a shiny new Porsche in addition to my trusty Toyota.
You can learn more about the Chromebook Pixel on Google's website or purchase one of your own from the Google Play store.