I'm not sure why some people are dumping on the Chromebook Pixel Google unveiled yesterday. I seem to recall that when Samsung released the Galaxy Note, it was laughed at. And now, Note 2 has taken off and "phablet" is becoming more ubiquitous both as a term and in use. And so much so that those same folks who lampooned it are now asking where Apple's phablet is.
For the record, I'm a Macbook user and I seriously doubt I'll be getting the Pixel. Having said that, the Pixel isn't for me. Maybe not even for 99% of the laptop/netbook market. But for that 1% who sees the value in what Google is doing, it makes sense.
Also consider Google's Glass project along with what it's going now. There is a strategy to this seeming madness. I don't know if it'll pan out but I love risk-takers and Google is doing just that, being a risk-taker. Google is looking at selling to consumers years from now, not today.
Glass and Pixel are both "hobbies" like Apple TV has been a hobby for six years.