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.
Summary: "Disposable." When Eric Schmidt and Google first introduced Chrome OS, its operating system designed for desktop and laptop PCs, they kept using that word . Schmidt promised cheap devices that were essentially interchangeable — when all the computing power, storage, and apps come from the internet, because the entire operating system is just a slightly modified version of the Chrome browser, why build good hardware?
Pros: Screen is incredible, Great keyboard and trackpad, Excellent design
Cons: Average battery life, Chrome OS is still severely limited, Price is a deal-breaker
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.
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: 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: As we've stated throughout this review, the Chromebook Pixel is really the first machine to do Chrome OS justice. Google's careful selection of high-end components ensure a fast and fluid experience throughout, regardless of whether you're watching high definition YouTube clips or multi-tasking between three instances of Chrome with 10 tabs apiece. It seemed virtually impossible to overburden the Core i5 + 4GB of DDR3 RAM + SSD combo, at least as Chrome OS stands today.
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.