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Published on February 21st, 2013 | by Tim Schofield

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Google’s New Chromebook Pixel Has Me Puzzled




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Google has just added to the Chromebook family with the Chromebook Pixel. This would be their high end Chromebook with much better specs (and a higher price to coincide).

This Google branded laptop really has me puzzled. For one, it runs the Chrome OS. Chrome OS runs web apps and is very limited to the amount of things it can do. It does very basic things well and that’s just about it. Now, running this very basic OS what would the need be for better specs?

As shown below, the Pixel has an Intel i5 processor, includes your choice of a 32/64GB Solid State Drive (SSD), and has 4GB of RAM. These components are very good, however they do not match up with the price tag. The 32GB model sells for $1,299 while the 64GB model is $1449 (and also has an LTE radio in it, the 32GB does not). I will admit that the screen on the Pixel is amazing. It has a 12.85″ display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. This display has a resolution of  2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI. Some might also complain about the size of the hard drive. While an SSD allows for much quicker read/write speeds, it is very costly which is why storage space is limited. Google attempts to make up for this lack of space with 1TB of free Google Drive storage. This terabyte of Google Drive storage would cost around $1800 dollars, so if you are a heavy Drive user, this may be a good deal.

If you were to put the OS aside, I would start to understand the price tag, but while running the Chrome OS I just don’t see a reason for anyone to purchase this laptop. Google

had found a great market with their cheap, easy to use Chromebooks and have just made things very confusing by releasing this expensive Pixel.

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What are your thoughts on this Chromebook Pixel? Will you be purchasing one?

 

Tech Specs:

Screen:

  • 12.85″ display with a 3:2 aspect ratio
  • 2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI
  • 400 nit screen
  • 178° extra-wide viewing angle

CPU:

  • Intel® Core™ i5 Processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz)
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (Integrated)

Memory:

  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 32/64GB SSD (Solid State Drive)

Battery:

  • Up to 5 hours of active use (59 Wh battery)*

Inputs:

  • Gorilla® Glass multi-touch screen
  • Backlit Chrome keyboard
  • Fully clickable, etched-glass trackpad
  • HD Webcam

Ports:

  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • mini display port
  • 2-in-1 card reader supporting: SD, MMC

Size:

  • 297.7 x 224.6 x 16.2 mm

Weight:

  • 3.35 lbs / 1.52 kg

Audio:

  • Headphone/microphone jack
  • Built-in microphone array
  • Integrated DSP for noise cancellation
  • Powerful speakers tuned for clarity

Network:

  • Dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2×2
  • Bluetooth 3.0™
  • Built-in LTE modem + GPS

Goodies:

  • 1 TB of Google Drive Cloud Storage for 3 years*
  • 12 free sessions of GoGo® Inflight Internet
  • 100 MB/month for 2 years of mobile broadband from Verizon Wireless (Carrier Terms and Conditions apply)

Play Store: 32GB, 64GB

 

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Tim Schofield

Tim Schofield is the owner of QbKing77.com and the YouTube channel QbKing77. He has a love for all things tech and Android!



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8 Responses to Google’s New Chromebook Pixel Has Me Puzzled

  1. My thoughts? Absolutely none. Not after I saw the price tag. Didn’t even bother with the rest of the initial announcement I had read. Just seems like it’s chuck full of Apple-quality overpricing and over-exaggerated quality. I wouldn’t even consider it for purchase. The announcement was heavily filled with disappointment.

  2. Womp Womp says:

    Hmmmm… The only part of the chrome book that may justify that price tag is the screen. The ssd probably adds $50 to it. They have really come down in price lately. But wow that is ridiculous. I’ll pass.

  3. Nemo says:

    I agree with the other people here, its price its ridiculous. And 32 GB extra of SSD storage pretty much costs $35 in other scenarios.

  4. Kevin says:

    Just look at this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU2fB0pQJkA then you will understand why(:

  5. Mitchell says:

    I would be interested in seeing how this high-res display compares with the retina
    screen in my macbook pro.

  6. vince miniscalco says:

    Very intrigued…I’m very anxious to see what this means for the future of Chromebooks and Chrome OS

  7. excessiveflasher says:

    Definitely not worth the dollar. You can pay 200 for the c7 with 2 gb ram and extend it to 4 GB for pennies compared to this. But I guess if the 2 years of lte are added in the price it is right on the money. I don’t know the exact cost but Verizon data package at 100mb of data a month has to be quite costly.

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