> I'm interested as to why i7 is needed for a Chromebook? I'm sure it runs really well,
> but it kinda sounds like adding nitro to a bicycle.
Its totally unnecessary. Everything runs flawlessly, even with tons of tabs open in Chrome, but this is clearly a case of Google making a cool toy first and foremost. The extra ram is more valuable.
That said, this is a Chromebook that can be your only laptop and will likely run ChromeOS (or Linux for that matter) perfectly for years to come. It's a device in it's own league. Now that Crossover is out too, it'll run some Windows software.
As for the price, I'm pretty sure my price is MUCH lower than anywhere else out there, but feel free to make offers.