Google Introduces the Chromebook Pixel to Compete With the MacBook Air

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    The Pixel comes in two flavors, a $1,300 model that includes 32GB of SSD storage and Wi-Fi connectivity, while the $1,450 option adds built-in LTE and a 64GB SSD. The Wi-Fi only model ships today while the LTE model is expected in 6-7 weeks.

    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:
    Article Link: Google Introduces the Chromebook Pixel to Compete With the MacBook Air
  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2010
  3. macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2010
    I would have thought it would be aimed at the retina MacBook Pro.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2008
  5. macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2012
    Manhattan, New York
    I'd rather say they compete with the 13" Retina MacBook Pro due to the ultra "Pixel" display on the Pixel
  6. macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2012
    For 499. Definitely
    For 699. Probably Not.
    For 1299+ Definitely NOT.
  7. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Good grief why doesn't google just use a stock intro video from Apple.

  8. macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2011
    Westchester, NY
  9. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    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)
  10. macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
  11. macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2011
    Google has enough money to do these failure of a machine. These things should be $500 at most.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    May 29, 2009
    They used a black background, not white. *Totally* different.
  13. macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    Doesn't the Macbook Air have a 127ppi?

    Edit: Misread. Same range as 13" rMBP
  14. macrumors 65816

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Germany, Europe
    Who came up with this name?

    PS: Is this a unibody case?
  15. Avatarshark, Feb 21, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2012
    The Digital Frontier
    List of reasons why this laptop won't take off
    1. Price
    2. Always-On internet connection
    3. Wifi 1299
    4. LTE 1499

    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.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2010
    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.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    YES. IMO the 64GB Air is pretty much a joke. At least that's only $999 with a good OS. But $1300 for an Air clone with the same SSD as the LOWEST-END iPod touch with a useless OS...?
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2013
    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.
  19. macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    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.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2012
    Apple suggested.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2011
    Might actually be good if it wasn't limited to only chrome OS.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2010
  23. macrumors regular

    May 24, 2012
    The pricing on this thing makes Macbooks look like a BARGAIN
  24. macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
  25. MuffCabbage, Feb 21, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2012
    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
    32GB storage
    Web isnt made for high density displays
    Knockoff design
    Knockoff marketing
    No way to put the Core i5 power to use
    Poor touch performance

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