|Feb 21, 2013, 03:50 PM||#1|
Google Introduces the Chromebook Pixel to Compete With the MacBook Air
Google today announced the Chromebook Pixel, a new Chrome OS-based notebook that Google is aiming directly at Apple's MacBook Air.
On the hardware front, Google has built in a high-resolution touchscreen display, as well as 32 or 64GB SSD storage, a backlit keyboard, and a dual core 1.8GHz Intel i5 processor. The unit includes a 12.85" screen with a 2560 x 1700, 239 ppi display -- the same range as Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Retina, which has a 227 ppi screen -- as well as two USB 2.0 ports, a Mini Display Port connector, and a SD-card reader.
The machine runs Google's Chrome OS, the web-only operating system that the company introduced almost two years ago. As added perks, the Pixel comes with 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for three years, and 12 free sessions of GoGo inflight Wi-Fi.
While the Pixel's hardware is appealing, because it runs the Chrome OS there are not nearly as many apps available for it as comparable Windows or OS X machines. Gadget recommendation site The Wirecutter had this to say:
|Feb 21, 2013, 03:54 PM||#9|
can't really see the appeal with the cloud based OS, might as well use an ipad.
or could be that google want to move into hardware business
without making another windows based laptop. The design is very similar to the macbook pro, can't deny that.
looking at the video, it looks very sluggish (edit, I mean the video on theverge)
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|Feb 21, 2013, 03:55 PM||#15|
List of reasons why this laptop won't take off
Need anymore reason why it won't work?
Although I'll give you that 1tb of online storage space is tempting but if you are already on a tight budget you probably can't afford to stream 1tb of data per month (oh did it only mention that it includes on three months of storage, after that you got to pay). And as much as there are web apps, you just really can't replace the desktop apps. Even with Google Drive where I can create documents, more advanced features aren't there yet, some features you just can't export to the web as hard as you might try.
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|Feb 21, 2013, 03:55 PM||#16|
Expensive web-heavy OS which really lacks significant adoption in marketplace to make it worthwhile. Not to mention, secure.
There's a reason my company doesn't allow Andriod-based and other not-fully-secure OS's in our office.
|Feb 21, 2013, 03:55 PM||#17|
|Feb 21, 2013, 03:56 PM||#18|
Interesting concept, but no one in their right mind would pay $1300 for what is unquestionably an inferior product compared to other competitors within that price range. A "13 Macbook Pro Retina would be a much better choice in terms of hardware and software capabilites.
|Feb 21, 2013, 03:56 PM||#19|
They aren't competing with the Air. Who really thinks that? The author of the article (for link bait?)
That being said - I don't have any faith in this product unless you want to throw ubuntu on it because spec wise - it's pretty cool.
But for that price and the limitations of chromeOS - I can't imagine who this laptop is really for. You can get better for less with a full OS.
I have a Samsung Chromebook (the new one for 249) it's fantastic. For what it is. And for that price point. It's a great value based on specs, features and price point. This laptop? Um no.
|Feb 21, 2013, 03:57 PM||#25|
I feel like I can finally join in on the bashing at this site. This is THE STUPIDEST computer Ive seen released in my life I think. I have to think they have something coming for it to have it make even a little sense.
5 hours battery
No real OS
No USB 3
Web isnt made for high density displays
No way to put the Core i5 power to use
Poor touch performance
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