Google Chromebook Pixel – Gorgeous, Powerful, Pricey
Google is adding a new and more expensive touch to its line of Chrome laptops in an attempt to outshine personal computers running on software made by rivals Microsoft and Apple.
The Chromebook Pixel unveiled Thursday includes a nearly 13-inch display screen that responds to the touch or swipe of a finger. That duplicates a key feature in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8, a dramatic makeover of the world’s leading operating system for PCs.
The Pixel’s high-resolution screen displays 239 pixels per inch, slightly more than Apple Inc.’s MacBooks with high-resolution Retina displays. A MacBook Pro with a screen that measures 13.1 inches diagonally can handle 227 pixels per inch, while the 15.4-inch model is at 220 pixels per inch. (more at: businessweek.com)
Who Needs a Chromebook Pixel?
The Pixel is a pleasure to use, with a screen that’s just as eye-poppingly beautiful as a Macbook Retina — except you can navigate it by touch like a retina-display iPad. (And if you don’t want to touch the screen, the giant glass trackpad on the keyboard is just as awesome.) The i5 chipset is incredibly fast. A great deal of thought went into every aspect of its construction, from the click of the keyboard to the solid car-door clunk of the magnetic latch.
No, it is most definitely not for the casual user, or for media-making professionals who need a proper workstation. Yes, at $1299 for the wi-fi version and $1499 for LTE, it’s a pricey device. And yes, it runs Chrome OS and thus largely relies on Internet access. (more at: mashable.com)
Chromebook Pixel Vs. Surface Pro Vs. MacBook Air
Google hasn’t always been known for making breathtaking hardware, but today’s announcement of the Chromebook Pixel — arguably one of the best-looking laptops ever made, if nothing else — means that may no longer be the case.
Still, you can’t be blamed for being wary of shelling out a decent chunk of money on Google’s first foray into laptops, let alone a Chromebook of all things, so here’s a preliminary look at how the Chromebook Pixel stacks up against two prominent rivals in the computing space: the stock version of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air and Microsoft’s Surface Pro. (more at: techcrunch.com)