In essence, very little is sent to your hard drive and kept there, and so the majority of things that will be stored on the ten-ish gigabytes of storage available locally are things you would have put there, whether it’s music you wanted copied over, movies, photos, or documents you plan to edit.
Applications don’t take much room at all because they’re generally web based, and you can’t install Windows or Mac apps to this, so there’s no reason to download any of that.
Basically, having 16GB of flash storage actually makes sense for Chrome OS, because you’re not exactly leaving much on your hard drive.
That said, we can still see people who would feel a little bugged by the storage situation, especially if Google ever updates Chrome in such a way where files are easily explored and accessed on the hard drive.
While there are better machines out there, though not necessarily for the price, this is easily the best Chromebook we’ve seen (out of two), and looks to be a decent option for anyone who doesn’t want to spend too much money, yet wants to surf and write and write and surf.