Summary: Still, we understand what has led the majority of reviewers to label the Pixel the sexiest notebook no one should ever buy—its utility still falls far short of a full-service laptop. At the same time, there are a lot of a people who think the Tesla S is an impractical, overpriced electric car, too. That assessment is probably accurate, but there’s no denying that the Tesla S is a damned-sexy car few of us would turn down. Same goes for the Google Pixel.
Excerpt: Earlier this year, Google did something almost ground-breaking when it introduced the Chromebook Pixel . Sure, the Chromebook line as a whole has existed for a few years , but the entire premise of such a range of notebooks revolved around only a couple of design goals. One of those was accessibility, and almost by default, the other was affordability. The original Chromebooks were priced at $500 or less -- in some cases, far less.
Review: Google Chromebook Pixel is an expensive curiosity
14 March 2013
Excerpt: (1 items) Google’s Chromebook Pixel is an idea. It describes Google’s vision of a high-end laptop for citizens of a future world, freed from the encumbrances of old-style computer operating systems, existing entirely on the Web. The Chromebook Pixel is also a product, starting at $1299 (I reviewed the $1449 version, with 4G networking).
Pros: Gorgeous high-definition touchscreen, Solid body and keyboard
Cons: Chrome OS limits users to Web apps, Chrome OS window management can be frustrating, Expensive
Conclusion: Google’s new Chromebook Pixel is a tool. It is designed to handle one thing – the Web – better than any other product. And it’s successful. It renders websites with incredible sharpness, and the Core i5 processor can handle multiple tabs without breaking a sweat.
Pros: Rock-solid build quality, Excellent touchpad, Sharp, bright 2560 x 1700 display, Unparalleled Web performance, Runs cool and quiet, 1TB of free cloud storage for 3 years
Cons: Uninspired design, No USB 3.0, Short battery life, Overpriced
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.
Google Chromebook Pixel review: Chrome OS gets a premium touch
27 February 2013
Summary: If you’ve never used a Chrome OS laptop before, the Pixel is not the model you should start with. It’s the best Chrome OS device released to date. It’s the fastest, features the best build quality, has a better display than you’re likely to find on virtually
laptop, and has great speakers an an excellent touchpad.
But with a starting price of $1299, the Chrome OS is not a laptop for everyone.
Summary: There is something refreshingly bold and modern about Google's Chromebook Pixel. The luxurious aluminum chassis, eye-popping display and ergonomic comfort outclass most traditional notebooks. Having 4G built in also meshes perfectly with Chrome OS' mission: give you the best of the Web everywhere without Windows' baggage. However, the overall experience isn't robust enough just to justify dropping $1,299 ($1,449 for the 4G version).
Pros: Luxurious and sturdy design, Superior high-resolution display, Fantastic keyboard and touchpad, Very loud and clear speakers, 4G LTE built in
Cons: Expensive, Interface not optimized for touch, App selection could be better, Experienced some instability, Below-average battery life, Lacks USB 3.0 support
Chromebook Pixel review: another impractical marvel from Google
25 February 2013
Summary: Again we reach the dreaded wrap-up section on a Chromebook review. It's simply never easy to classify these machines. In some regards, the Pixel is even harder to pigeonhole than its predecessors. The level of quality and attention to detail here is quite remarkable for what is, we'll again remind you, Google's first swing at building a laptop. Boot-ups are quick, performance is generally good and, of course, there's that display.
Pros: Beautiful, high-res display, Incredible build quality, Great keyboard and trackpad
Cons: Limited OS functionality, Poor battery life, High cost