Chromebook Pixel hands-on review: Google guns for premium market
8 March 2014
Conclusion: The Chromebook Pixel is a beautiful machine, with a truly remarkable screen, a lovely industrial design and good specs – but it needs to be at the price, and it’s going up against some truly impressive opposition. For those who love Google Apps and have been waiting for something premium, this will be a fantastic new arrival. However, for those that are choosing from scratch between Ultrabooks, Macbooks and Chromebooks there are still major doubts.
Chromebook Pixel review: Google goes gunning for the premium market
8 March 2014
Excerpt: Most companies make products because they want people to buy them, but Google doesn’t give a fig if you buy a Chromebook Pixel or not. It wasn’t made so that people would buy it, though doubtless some will; it’s a learning exercise made flesh. Let us explain. Google’s Chrome OS is a fast, secure, always-updated lightweight operating system whose only job is to give you a computer that has a web browser on it.
Excerpt: After almost three years, it’s still difficult to explain to techno-newbs just what the hell Google’s Chrome OS and Chromebooks are exactly. Browser-only OS? No, when we tell people that, we just get a slack-jawed look that tells us they don’t understand what that even means. Instead, we’ve taken to using a car analogy to help explain the concepts.
Summary: "YOU NEED TO EXPERIENCE CHROME OS FOR YOURSELF" The Pixel Chromebook is a halo product, a showcase product. Google did not plan on generating revenues with the Pixel. For a first stab at designing high-end laptop hardware, it is a solid product. I was skeptical about the value of the Pixel Chromebook until I could put my hands on it. It is one of those devices where you really need to experience it for yourself to appreciate it, or not.
Chromebook Pixel – beautiful, powerful, crippled and overpriced
23 June 2013
Conclusion: The Wifi only Chromebook Pixel has already been released and it retails for a whopping $1299 – that’s probably more than you’d want to spend on what is essentially an experimental machine, unless you’re sure you can install a real OS on it. There’s also the LTE model, which will be released in April and will raise the price to $1449.
Excerpt: By this point, you already have an opinion on Google’s Chromebooks. The idea of living with a computer that runs only web apps, some of which also work offline, is a concept you’re either OK with or not into at all.
Pros: A thoughtfully designed, expertly built, premium laptop. One of the best display and trackpad combos you can find. Verizon LTE is fast and abundant. 1TB of free Google Drive storage for 3 years. More power and speed than you need.
Cons: Battery life won’t get you through a full workday. Most websites and web-based apps aren’t fully ready for touch input. Chrome OS needs more gestures support, too. Not all desktop apps can be matched in the browser. USB 2.0 instead of USB 3.0 makes no sense given the high price.
Excerpt: There are some products that come out that make you just wonder why they exist. Google released the Chromebook as a low cost PC that Google says is “For Everyone!” With Chromebooks starting as low as 199.99, it’s not hard to think twice about picking one up, if not just to satisfy your curiosity.
Conclusion: Something magical happened during the course of this review. I know many of you have been waiting for it, and we apologize for the delay. But truth be told, it was worth it. I’d already spent a few weeks with the Pixel when it entered the bowels of Anand’s lab to have its display characterized. I used that time to put together much of what you’re about to read.
Conclusion: This is a very good Chromebook. But the fact remains that it still feels like devices running Google’s still-nascent Chrome OS need to be considered separately from other notebooks running OS X, Windows and even Ubuntu. The Pixel puts on an excellent show, has dazzling good looks and a stunning mating display, but it’s far from an apex predator.
Pros: Hardware is incredibly well-designed, Fast boot, right into Chrome-based workflow, Touch is nice when actually needed
Cons: Seems to leech battery quickly in sleep mode, Still just Chrome, Expensive, Battery life could be better
Conclusion: Unfortunately for Google the Chromebook Pixel is grounded by the OS, but make no mistake they've crafted one beautiful computer. We've always had a hard time recommending or giving a thumbs up overall to a Chromebook of any type, except for someone that absolutely needs a minimal computer experience. So while the Chrome OS works great for that, there's multiple devices with ALL the same shortcomings for much less money.