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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Summary: Pixel Perfect. Google's first internally developed Chromebook since the original CR-48 has made headlines for its novel specs. Does the dense 12.85-inch 2560 x 1700 resolution 3:2 IPS display really deliver an unmatched experience?
Pros: High quality anodized aluminum matte chassis, 2560 x 1700 resolution Gorilla Glass touchscreen display is as impressive as it sounds, Chrome OS is easy to use with a low learning curve, Very low system noise, Large keys and touchpad, Excellent 1080p playback, MiniDP support and optional LTE, Hard...
Cons: Playback of 2048 x 1536 resolution video or higher can result in slight stuttering, High surface temperatures under load, No end-user expandability options, Non-removable battery, No USB 3.0 ports, Narrow scope of Chrome OS limits versatility, Pricey, Low versatility severely limit what one can d...
Chromebook Pixel Lightning Review: The Best $1300+ You Can Spend On A Web Browser
25 March 2013
Excerpt: Yeah, we know – it doesn't run Android, and really, it has nothing to do with Android. But it is a Google product, so by default it's at least tangentially related - call it Android's cousin. It's also Google's statement that ChromeOS is important, that it's not just some side project.
Review: Chromebook Pixel is too expensive (and too good) for Chrome OS
7 March 2013
Conclusion: Back when the Chromebook Pixel rumors first surfaced, we asked whether the idea made sense. This remains the most salient question about the laptop now that it’s actually in our hands. The answer is... complicated.
Pros: Top-shelf hardware and build quality, Striking and minimalist design, Excellent high-density touchscreen with great color, contrast, brightness, and viewing angles, The keyboard and trackpad are a pleasure to use, Fast internals
Cons: Runs a bit hot, No USB 3.0 ports, As of this writing, the touchscreen, the trackpad, and the CPU are all under-utilized by Chrome OS, The Internet is still catching up to high-density displays, The hardware is worth $1,299, but Chrome OS isn't. That much money will buy a high-quality PC or Mac wi...