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Google Chromebook Pixel Review

A few months back, we drafted a review of Google’s Acer Chromebook. We found a handful of chief complaints, but overall, gave it a thumbs-up. Why? It was easy to chalk up our minor gripes about wiggly chiclet keys, fleeting battery life, and subpar camera resolution to its cheapo $199.99 price tag.

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It wasn’t a horrible machine, but for less than $200, it was only fair to say you get what you pay for. Not to mention, if those details truly bothered you, there was always the $50 ‘upgrade’ option to the Samsung model.  Both models worked reasonably well, and provided an affordable web-based option for even those with tight budgets.

Fast-forward a couple months, and Google is on the development trail again with its Chromebook, this time, giving the design the old college try themselves. Google Chromebook Pixel is bigger, badder, and far more expensive, begging the ultimate question: is it worth it? Let’s take a look.

Chromebook Pixel Specs

On the Inside

  • Operating System: Chrome OS
  • Processor: Intel Core i5, dual core, 1.8 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage Options: 32GB or 64GB

The Hard Candy Shell

  • Display: 12.85-inch screen with 2560 x 1700, 239 ppi
  • Touchscreen Technology
  • Wi-Fi only or 4G LTE connectivity options (to be released April 2013)

The almost unbelievably crisp display combined with touchscreen functionality gives the Pixel a jumping off point. Its processor and RAM capability are in ranks with the Macbook, and the forthcoming 4G LTE option surpasses it. But. (There’s always a but.) Three glaring issues stand in the way of us giving it a solid positive review.

Issue 1: Chrome OS. We totally dig the pseudo-trailblazing approach Google is taking here, but in our super humble opinions, the world isn’t ready for a web based OS. (Or maybe they just don’t want one.) We are quietly occupied by our app driven tablets and smartphones. Chrome apps are few in number, and to be completely frank, boring.

Issue 2: Space. 32GB and 64GB storage options are just plain silly. While it might be understood that less space is needed when using a browser-based OS, these options are dwarfed by comparable Microsoft and Apple products.

Issue 3, and the real caveat: The price. For a $1300 starting price tag, the market for the pixel is painfully small. Especially considering that once in that price range, many will opt for the lighter, better known, non-web-based-OS’d MacBook that also comes with more space. And by and large, who could blame them?

Overall, Pixel is a good machine, but it definitely needs some tweaking to earn mass appeal.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Bipul Khan

    April 2, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Chromebook is really great, I’m going to grab, thanks for the review 🙂

  2. William Miller

    April 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I have no problem with web based OS! I don’t think this idea was implemented to collect negative reviews. Google guys are not stupid ones. They had their reasons for making this brand new OS technology possible. I don’t really know this OS’s specs, but I’m sure it was made to make users’ lives more comfy and up-to-date!

  3. Naser

    April 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    These type of Laptop PCs are suitable for those who just browse the net with their laptops but it is worthless for a savvy computer user. I would recommend to spend some more bucks and get a reliable desktop or a netbook rather than this. 🙂

  4. Fran

    April 3, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Google is going all out. There’s always something new to look forward to.

  5. Luis

    April 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I have friends who swear by their chromebooks, but when I ask what’s so great about it, I get a speech about being able to access facebook anywhere they are. I can do that on any smaller mobile device. The chromebook is strictly for surving the web on the go, it’s not really designed for much else.

  6. shyantan

    May 18, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Chromebook pixel is really great, earlier i was thinking not to buy it sue to its less hard disk but after reading the review and reading the specification . now i am thinking to buy it . thanks for the great review.

  7. John

    March 7, 2014 at 3:53 am

    This blog has amazed me for quite some time. I have just started researching on it the Internet and found your post to be informative. Thanks

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