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Chromebook Pixel Review

Chromebook Pixel Review

So I’ve had the Chromebook Pixel (initial impressions) in my possession for just over three weeks now, an amount of time I’d consider to be quite substantial in terms of being able to put some final thoughts about it on paper. While my job is to review phones, tablets, apps, and their accompanying accessories for a living, this is a product that caused enough of a stir being made by Google and all, that I figured it was worth a look. With that said, I don’t typically review computers, so I’m actually going to keep this pretty short and sweet while putting together the whole thing from the Pixel itself. There won’t be a series of benchmarks or any of that ultra-technical jargon, just basic usability talk from my point of view. If you have read most of the early reviews, then I’ll just say right now that my opinions aren’t going to differ much. Let’s dive into it. 

Review Unit Specs

Google sent me the LTE version of the Chromebook Pixel to review. This model runs $1449, compared to the $1299 WiFi version, because it contains an LTE chip and double the solid state storage. Inside you’ll also find a 12.85″ 400 nit multi-touch display (2560×1700) with 178-degree viewing angles, backlit keyboard, etched-glass trackpad, HD webcam, two USB ports, mini-display port, 2-in-1 card reader, Intel Core i5 processor (dual-core 1.8GHz), 4GB RAM, 64 solid state hard drive (32GB in WiFi version), 59Wh battery, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, and a weight of 3.35lbs.

Hardware

  • Design:  The Chromebook Pixel is easily the best looking and overall best made Chromebook to date. Google was trying to take Chromebook design to the next level by using some of the highest quality materials available and completely succeeded. The all-aluminum exterior with its piano hinge are nothing short of beautiful for a laptop. While nothing in particular about the rectangular body will “wow” you from a distance, it most certainly will once it has been placed in your hand. The Pixel is the perfect weight – not too light, definitely not too heavy. The lid can be opened with a single finger, the lines couldn’t get any cleaner, and the subtle grey differences from the touchpad to the Chrome logos are tastefully on point. When you pick up the Pixel and carry it across the room, you know immediately that this product is premium.

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  • Display:  The ridiculously high-resolution touch display on the Pixel is second to none. At 2560×1700 and with 239ppi, there are no better displays in the laptop business. Google swung for the fences and connected. The only problem I had with the display is that it’s almost too good. Browse around the internet for a few minutes and you quickly realize that the internet is not built for a pixel density this high. With that said, you can tell in a split second whether or not a photograph you just took is good or terrible. It’s completely unforgiving – and that’s not a bad thing in this situation. The only other minor issue I had, is with the display being touch-sensitive. While I’m all for having a touchscreen laptop, there are few uses for it at this time. Chrome OS isn’t built like Windows 8, that almost begs you to touch things. Google is likely hoping that this gives developers incentive to build out apps and add-ons that can utilize a beautiful touch display, but at this time, there isn’t much outside of Cut the Rope or Angry Birds that can take advantage of it. Sure, you can pinch-to-zoom (once enabled in Chrome flags) in browser, but how often have you ever wanted to do that anyway on your current laptop? On few occasions have I found myself touching the display on the Pixel, even when scrolling through a website. At this stage, it’s still quicker and more comfortable to do a two-finger swipe on the touchpad.
  • Speakers:  Holy speakers. Best speakers in the laptop business? I’d say so. The speakers are inserted under the keyboard so that they give off “clarity” and “deliver lifelike audio.” They deliver and then some. You’ll find yourself cranking the speakers up just because of the volume level shock value, but then settling into something towards the bottom of the volume bar, as that’s all you’ll need. Crank them up loud enough and you may even get a slight hand massage while you wrap up a work email or two. I’m not kidding – the speakers in the Pixel put all of that HP-Beats partnership marketing gimmick to shame. This is how you do portable sound in a computer.
  • Touchpad:  The Pixel’s touchpad is made of etched glass which has been “analyzed and honed using a laser microscope” to aid in smoothness and accuracy. I don’t claim to be some sort of touchpad expert, but it’s not bad nor has it blown me away. It’s definitely soft to the touch, feels great as you swipe across it, and is very accurate and responsive. The click on it, does drive me nuts, though. It’s way too loud for my liking. I like my touchpads to click, but so that only I know that I’ve clicked it. With the Pixel, when sitting near others, I found myself trying to soften the click as it otherwise came off as distracting. Overall, I actually prefer the touchpad in my Macbook Pro over the Pixel’s.

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  • Keyboard:  The backlit chicklet-style keyboard on the Pixel is easily on-par if not better than that of my Macbook Pro. The keys don’t sit up quite as high as the Macbook, so I actually feel like I’m slightly faster at typing on the Pixel. The keybord is backlit, though the light is much more reserved than you would find on other laptops. It lights up, but won’t blind you or seem like the light is bleeding out from under the keys.
  • Battery life:  The 59Wh battery in the Pixel is rated at up to 5 hours, but I don’t necessarily know that I’ve ever squeezed that much out of it. While I don’t have exact numbers for you, I’ll just say that it has issues during sleep from what I can tell. The Pixel actually lacks any power management (at least I couldn’t find any) other than a slider to control brightness. It’ll constantly tell you how much life it thinks it has left, but I ran into issues after simply closing the lid and walking away for a couple of hours. Sure, it’ll wake almost immediately, however, leaving it idle with the lid closed and unplugged from the charger didn’t seem to actually put the device into a proper sleep which in turn meant the battery was eating away by the minute. I’d say that I averaged anywhere from 3-4 hours on a full charge with brightness about half-way up the slider. Not bad, not that great either.

Software

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Everything you have heard about Chrome OS is probably true. It’s an operating system that is essentially…a browser. Over the last year or so, Google has tried to make it look and operate more like a traditional operating system with windows, an appbar, and notification tray, but in the end, it’s still a browser-based operating system. All that means is that Google wants you to use “apps” built for Chrome that open as new tabs in a Chrome browser.

For example, I use Pixlr to do photo editing on the Pixel, but when I open it, there isn’t a new window or an app that loads, it just opens a new tab that then acts as an in-browser cloud photo editor. I also installed Weatherbug, which shows in my app drawer as if it were an app, but tapping on it simply opens a new tab and a fancy Weatherbug UI (in the browser). It’s still technically an app, just not like you are used to. These aren’t really stand-alone apps as they are add-ons to the Chrome browser (if that makes sense).

So with apps that load within a browser, there are limitations. As another example, I can’t control my in-home Sonos system on the Pixel because there is no Sonos Chrome app. I cannot plug my Nike Fuelband in and have it sync, as Nike has yet (and likely never will if Android is any indicator) to build a sync function or app for Chrome. Video editing is also non-existent unless you use something like WeVideo which is a cloud-based video editor that first asks you to upload the video before you can actually do anything with it. If you use chat or IRC clients, they open as new tabs, not as an app in the traditional sense.

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It’s a lot like Android was in the beginning when everyone complained about a lack of apps. But taking that step further, I would almost argue that it’s worse and may never get better. Take Dropbox and Box as examples. Why would either build out a special app for Chrome, when all it wants to do is open them in the browser anyway? They already have web clients that they have spent countless hours on. And not that Dropbox or Box have bad web experiences, but when you run through the Chrome appstore, find Dropbox, hit the “install” button, you want the satisfaction of knowing that you actually got something for your efforts. In reality, you got nothing but a shortcut installed in your app drawer that opens Dropbox in a new tab. And it’s like this for many apps. Why not just utilize the good ol’ fashioned bookmark bar? It’s quicker.

Chrome OS does have a file manager of sorts, but it’s as bare-bones as it gets. It connects to your Google Drive account and also shows the few files that it wants you to actually store on the computer. You’ll also find stand-alone calculator, camera, and scratchpad apps.

As a browser, though, it’s awesome. It’s Chrome, just like on your current computer. It’s incredibly fast. And if you login with your Google account, it syncs bookmarks, passwords, and anything else that you have running through your other Chrome browsers from phone to PC to laptop to tablet. It’ll even pull in your extensions to make the entire experience seamless.

Everything Cloud

If you want to move to a Chromebook you have to be ready to fully commit to the cloud. Even the LTE model only has a 64GB solid state drive inside. That’s nothing when you consider that most laptops these days come with at least a 256GB solid state drive or a traditional hard drive with a minimum 500GB of storage. Google wants you to forget those days, though, and instead save everything in Chrome apps to the web. When you purchase a Pixel they hand you 1TB of Google Drive storage for a 3-year period as a gesture to move you towards the cloud. This should easily cover your photo dumps, video storage needs, and document backlog. You just have to get used to the idea of not having it with you at all times unless you use a service that allows for offline editing or plan to be connected to the internet 24-7.

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Final Thoughts

For someone like me, who considers themselves to be somewhat of a power user, the Chromebook Pixel would never work on a full-time basis. With that said, if my life could live 100% in a browser, it would probably be a fabulous device. The size is just right for a portable computer, the specs are the best we’ve seen from a Chromebook to date, and in some ways beat even the best traditional laptops on the planet. The display is amazing, the style of the device is clean yet industrial, the speakers have blown me away, there is enough power under the hood to handle a workload, and the keyboard ranks with the best of them.

With that said, if you want traditional apps that aren’t just shortcuts to websites, long battery life, or a reasonable price, this probably isn’t for you either. Great job on the hardware, Google. Unfortunately, Chrome OS is still Chrome OS.

  • José Olivo

    i own a chromebook the samsung version and i love it. yes its cloud base but hey i have unlimited data on my nexus 4 and i learned to live with both in hand. while the price on this is high, i will buy this in a heart beat. its different unique and its not windows. cloud is the future. even while i was in the us. army we had cloud base servers to access our stuff so i see no difference in this. my only problem is that for that price they should of added at least a 256 ssd…

  • Christopher Hardy

    This is a wonderful machine, causing me rethink some of my habits cloud-wise. It has limitations, one of which no one else seems to have picked up on. The output level on the headphone socket is disastrously low. Google got the speakers so so right – why did they get the headphone output so wrong? Let’s hope that there is a software solution in due course.

  • jab416171

    Don’t forget it comes with SeaBIOS so you can install any traditional OS on it you want.

  • edmicman

    What if at I/O Google announces a “ChromeOS Pro”? I’ve been wondering, how could you say do Android development on a Chromebook in general, or a Pixel specifically? There might be cloud IDEs, or remote terminals or whatnot. But the Android toolkit is primarily a local Eclipse installation. And Google had to know, technology example or not, the Pixel is ridiculous in almost every way. The hardware grossly overshadows the OS.

    So what if Google dropped the bomb on a pro version of the OS, a true Linux-based (be it Android or some other flavor) that ran normal Linux packages, but also Android apps, making use of the touchscreen? Maybe some sort of cleaned up emulation layer (Nativeclient in the browser or something?) that could run Windows apps wine-like. But have it just work a la OSX. Eh? Any takers?

  • Tyler

    These photos are like OCD fuel. Seeing that beautiful machine on a rough concrete block outside is horrifying. Somewhere deep inside my brain I’m endlessly imagining how to pick it up just right to avoid scratching the bottom. Thanks Kellex. -_-

  • Justin Winker

    If this was a spinoff of Linux that I could install Linux apps on, then I would think about getting a Chromebook. I already have two laptops and a desktop (all Windows, two with 7 and one with 8), and they all are essentially treated as desktop computers (they don’t move). I could use a Chromebook as a portable but I would need it to have certain apps/programs on it that are not available for Chrome OS yet :(

    EDIT: And I can definitely say I would not start with the Pixel… Maybe after my first Chromebook, but not right away..

    • http://www.thecarners.com Matt R Carner

      Psst – Chrome Remote Desktop will get you into any of your Windows PCs from a Chromebook (or from each other for that matter). You don’t have to be without your certain apps/programs that are not available for Chrome OS, yet. By the way, care to share what you *need* that isn’t available on Chrome OS?

      • Justin Winker

        Games – yes, I am a nerd, but until LoL, SC2, Steam, etc. are available on Chrome OS, I really wouldn’t use one. There are other applications that I could find workarounds for, but if I can’t use the above games/game portals, there’s no point for me to pick one up :(

        • http://www.thecarners.com Matt R Carner

          1. You’re right. CRD wouldn’t work well with games (maybe). I have streamed video with it and was shocked at how good it kept up (even the audio synch).

          2. That doesn’t make you a “nerd”. That makes you gamer. And I don’t believe Google had any intention whatsoever of building a product for that crowd. You know other than the hundreds of games that exist in the Chrome Store (yes, most are crappy web games, but there are some outliers). At best, this is currently a product for casual gaming.

          However – what if you had a Chromebook that was perfect for EVERYTHING else you do on a computer? But you kept gaming to a certain rig that you probably already own. What if you have no idea how much better a Chrome OS device would make your computing life, outside of gaming? Have you tried one?

  • vitriolix

    Reviewers keep missing the point I think:

    “For example, I use Pixlr to do photo editing on the Pixel, but when I open it, there isn’t a new window or an app that loads, it just opens a new tab that then acts as an in-browser cloud photo editor. I also installed Weatherbug, which shows in my app drawer as if it were an app, but tapping on it simply opens a new tab and a fancy Weatherbug UI (in the browser). It’s still technically an app, just not like you are used to. These aren’t really stand-alone apps as they are add-ons to the Chrome browser (if that makes sense).”

    Who cares if it’s an “app” or a “tab”? All users should care about is “does it get the job done”. That’s kind of the entire point of Chrome OS

    • http://www.thecarners.com Matt R Carner

      Not just reviewers, but commenters as well. The Pixel, as well as Chrome OS, are just too far advanced for Joe-Six-Pack.

  • http://www.thecarners.com Matt R Carner

    It’s fascinating to me how the folks in this comment thread (and the author of the article) are supposed to be pretty Google-savy and yet know so little about the power and usability of Chrome OS. I’m as big of an Android-fanboy as you can get, but having a Pixel for the last few weeks has been ridiculously eye-opening for me.

    Kellen – I don’t believe for a second that you can’t do your job just as easily on a CB as you could with your MBP. What do you need?

  • http://twitter.com/aaronhurt Aaron Hurt

    I love Chrome OS… for most everything I need to do I can use it… but the $249 Samsung Chromebook is the perfect fit. While this is beautiful hardware, its not justified for the price.

    • David Thomas

      …just bought the $249 Samsung Chromebook about a month ago, and still lovin’ it for basic browsing, etc. The SOUND on this little $249 model pretty much rocks better than any of the other laptops I’ve ever used as well (and I’m a professional musician). My wife, who is not a techie, even said, “Wow, that sounds pretty good!”

  • dezignstuff

    You start a review with the word “So”? “So” is a word you use after you’ve presented something already, and want to extrapolate something from that, or show what came next. I realize this is a trendy way for people to abuse language, but it doesn’t make sense, and makes you seem more lost than normal.

    • not

      …wow, you’re cool

      • dezignstuff

        Yeah, well, in 10 or 15 years you might grow up, maybe get a job and move out of your mother’s house. Then you’ll see that life isn’t just throwing insults at trolls on phone forums.

    • SecurityNick

      You start(ed, but “began” would be a better choice) a review with the word (,) “So”? (question mark should be inside quotes, “So?”) “So” is a word you (would) use after you’ve (just “you”) presented (present) something already (eliminate “already”), and (eliminate “and”) want to extrapolate something from that (eliminate “something from that”), or show what came (would come) next. I realize this is a trendy way for people to abuse language, but it doesn’t make sense (end sentence), and (eliminate “and”, add “It”) makes you seem more lost than normal (eliminate “normal” replace with “typical posts.”.

      You began a review with the word, “So?” “So” is a word you would use after you present something, want to extrapolate, or show what would come next. I realize this is a trendy way for people to abuse language, but it doesn’t make sense. It makes you seem more lost than typical posts.

      • dezignstuff

        What a pathetic bunch. Plonk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097190148 Brandon Girod

    I would definitely buy this if they could scale the specs down to fit an $800 budget. I’m probably one of the few people who can comfortably use Google’s ecosystem to completely satisfy the demands of both school and work. Even still, it’s difficult to justify the price tag, though the hardware looks absolutely beautiful.

  • skinja99

    Android !!

    People would buy these devices like crazy if they just had Android on them instead of Chrome.

    Why bother with another OS when Android is already there. People love Android. If this was a “NexusBook” with Android it would fly off the shelves.

    You can actually get work done with Android too. Google is trying to push us all towards doing everything in the cloud and using their services for everything. But that is not what people want.

    Can you imagine a ‘Nexus Book’ made out of materials and hardware like the Pixel?

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      Android on a laptop is terrible, currently. Go try out an ASUS Transformer model. Android really doesn’t work with a mouse cursor, at all.

    • jb

      The Transformer Infinity is the closest comparison and while you can get a lot done with one of those, the current ARM processors are still not up to the level of x64 in performance.

  • http://twitter.com/BossAsHell Boss As Hell

    Come on Droid-Life contest! :D

  • Paul Hounshell

    It’s interesting to see the complaints about needing a “real” OS on these machines. Between coffee shops, unprotected networks, and phone hotspots, WiFi is pretty ubiquitous. And the people who need a “real” OS are probable running it on a desktop at home. So why don’t you just flip on a VPN and SSH/remote to your machine?

    I ride the bus with a kernel developer and he spends the whole ride SSHed in to his work machine, coding and running builds.

    • vitriolix

      Yup. There are a lot of naysayers, but I think they miss the point. I have a quad core i7 laptop that I code with, but I also have a Samsung 5 chromebook that I use every single day. When I went of vacation which one do you think I brought with me?

      • Justin Winker

        The quad-core i7 so you could play graphics-intensive games on your vacation, of course.

        No? Is that just me?

        • http://www.thecarners.com Matt R Carner

          Playing video games on your vacation? lol Yeah – probably just you. smh

          • Justin Winker

            Hahah. I find it a great way to relax. Besides, when I go on vacation, I usually go for 2-3 weeks and while there are a lot of great things around New England (I visit family friends in that area), some days I just want to relax.

          • http://www.thecarners.com Matt R Carner

            You know, now that I think of it, I remember those days. The last time I was on a vacation before I had kids, I was at a beach house in Oxnard, CA with my parents and I do remember escaping to my laptop from time to time. Three kids later, I’m not sure there has been any time to even think about picking up a computer while on vacations.

    • r0lct

      I think a lot of people haven’t explored alternatives to their existing apps. Not referring to Kellen, but people saying “it’s just a browser” and never really looked thorugh the Chrome store.

      It’s like when Android first came out and WinMo users were like “There’s no real office or VPN, it’s going to fail”.

      Chrome OS is definitely not for everyone, but can serve most, especially as a second device.

      • Paul Hounshell

        Great way to put it. It’s not a great “only device,” but it’s a great “second device.”

        • Cowboydroid

          It can be a great “only device” for the majority of home users. What kind of native apps does anyone need at home? They’re all in the web now.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    I hardly use a laptop now (except at work). For a $1300 price tag for something that is basically a browser based laptop, I can get this from a tablet for a lot less.

    • Juan Lopez

      What’s great is the remote desktop connection though man!

  • XBIRDIE98

    Chrome OS tip: (Addressing the section on how chat clients and other apps don’t open in their own windows) To get Chrome Apps to run in their own windows, right-click on the app icon in either the launcher bar or the Search/Apps menu and select “Open as window”

  • Alexander Garcia

    If this bad boy was worth no greater than $700.00, I would definitely buy one. $1300.00 is just comedically too much for this.

  • Chris Mullins

    No mention of its Apple-tiered-markup pricing, as the hardware it contains would at MOST warrant a $600 price tag. And no pictures or video of the boasted and bantered about LED strip on top? Not even a mention?

  • XBIRDIE98

    Would it be possible to open a crosh shell (Ctrl+Alt+T), and while having turned on the cellular modem, (It doesn’t have to be connected or activated) run “modem status” in crosh?
    I’m looking for the particular wireless card that’s being used, under the “GetInfo:” section, specifically this:
    GetInfo:

    Manufacturer: Foxconn
    Modem: Novatel Wireless Gobi3000

    (The last two lines will look different.)
    From this we might be able to determine what kinds of networks the hardware supports, for those who aren’t keen on Verizon’s Mobile Broadband.

  • Tyler

    Coming from a 2011 Dell XPS 17 laptop with 22W(2x 5W + 12W subwoofer) speakers i doubt i would be impressed with sound quality. How do they compare to your macbook pro? Compared to my friends 13″MBP we can both turn our music up to 100% on your laptops and you can only hear mine.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      It’s night and day compared to my Macbook Pro. You almost feel intimidated by the sound once you pass the halfway mark on the volume bar.

      • Tyler

        Thats fantastic, on of my biggest gripes with portable laptops is that the speakers are subpar. I hope this sets the standard for speakers in thin laptops because once you hear good sounding speakers everything else just sounds horrible.

        • vitriolix

          Agreed. My Sony Vaio S 15 is a great machine, except the speakers are embarrassing Like I refuse to use them in the same room as other people lest they point and laugh. My Note II has better sound ;)

  • nightscout13

    Oh the humanity! My eyes hurt seeing this device sitting on a cinder block!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      It has rubber pads on the bottom. :P

      • nightscout13

        They are tall enough? Many laptops would not be able to be placed like that without damaging the lower casing

        • Mustang5Oh

          Simply placing a laptop down softly wouldn’t damage anything unless it’s made from glass.

  • ddevito

    Anyone heard the rumor about the free Cr48/Pixel exchange program?

    No? SPREAD THE WORD ;-)

    • ToddAwesome

      Considering my cr48 is falling apart at the seams, where does one sign up? haha

  • http://twitter.com/djspy DJ SPY

    That’s a short review? I would hate to read a normal review from you.

  • plumed

    Great review. Where can I get the desktop wallpaper you use on the laptop?

  • http://www.engadget.com/ Jon Fingas

    A nit-pick: it’s an amazing display, but saying there are “none better” is a bit of a misnomer. Apple had a 2880 x 1800 display on the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina last summer!

    • bakdroid

      Pixel density is more important than resolution.

    • Macc

      Technically he stated that it was a TOUCH display that is “second to none”…which is most likely a correct statement.

  • joejoe5709

    Too much money when a Nexus10 (or similar tablet) has 90% the specs and also 90% the capability for 60% the cost. I won’t even go into what kind of traditional netbook/laptop $1500 could get you. I’m glad they’re sticking with the Chromebook platform and they’re learning lessons, but ChromeOS and the Chromebook line is still far being in my radar.

    • Stewie

      But listen, you can make $5870 a week according to many useless Gawker comments …. useless income to be tossed on this ….

    • Dain Laguna

      you mean screen resolution specs correct? Because the guts of the Nexus 10 are nothing compared to what’s physically inside of the pixel…

  • Juan Lopez

    First! I played with the Chromebook Pixel yesterday, the speakers are GOD.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Might be the best thing about the entire device. Crazy good.

      • Juan Lopez

        Indeed!

    • Tyler

      Where at? Are these in major retailers?

      • Juan Lopez

        Best Buy!

  • T4rd

    This would be pretty groundbreaking if it was just a few hundred dollars less, had Windows 8 and had larger SSD/HDD options for it. It makes me kind of sad to have that stellar hardware wasted on a less-than-fully-functional OS. If money were no object to me though, I would definitely buy one and put a huge SSD in it and install Windows 8 on it and have the ultimate Ultrabook.

    • Anonymous Viper 7

      or linux

  • ToddAwesome

    Final thoughts: TOO DAMN EXPENSIVE!

  • James

    I would buy this in a hearbeat if it had a 256gb ssd, windows 7/8, (I need outlook and Office!), and an extra hour or two of battery life. The rest of it is everything I’m looking for in an Ultrabook.

    • Shane Milton

      Not to get too off-topic but go check out the Acer S7 ultrabooks. I just bought an 11.6″ one (they also have 13″) and I love it! Not the crazy res but it’s 1080p.

    • mechapathy

      Office 2013 has web apps.

    • vitriolix

      You are clearly not who this is designed for

    • r0lct

      IMO OWA through Chrome connecting to Exchange 2010+ is fine 95% of the time.

    • michael arazan

      I would want this if it ran Android instead of Chrome OS or both Android and Chrome OS

  • zepfloyd

    I’m genuinely surprised there’s no mention of the price in the final thoughts as something to consider. It’s a huge negative for a machine that’s largely a browser. Look, the materials are high quality and should demand a nice premium price, especially over the next available Chromebooks …but it’s still quite a bit overpriced for something that probably can’t be a daily driver for most people. (looks like I did it for you ;) )

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I said if you want a “reasonable price,” this isn’t for you. :P

  • Thomas

    Great review Kellen !!!

  • Austin Warren

    This is jist a good reason for Apple users to call us people who buy overpriced hardware.

  • ddevito

    It’s nice but that’s too much money for a web-only OS. Even installing Linux side-by-side or dual-boot doesn’t justify the cost. This was made for Google employees and execs who were carrying Macbooks around.

    • http://twitter.com/Droid_soldier Paul Devey

      But its soo sexy… After this was announced I no longer judge the people who get Apple products just for the look anymore.

      • ddevito

        I’m sure it is. But it’s overkill for a cloud platform. Unless/until chrome OS becomes a powerful OS devices like this are useless. Especially touch functionality. Chrome OS isn’t designed for it, makes ZERO sense. Perhaps things will change but right now it doesn’t at all.

        The whole point of cloud computing is to leverage the power of the cloud to your advantage: i.e., use the cloud servers’ processing power to do the heavy lifitng, thus using thin clients on the client side – this saves money, etc. Having all this beauty and brawn makes no sense for a cloud platform. ESPECIALLY if chrome OS doesn’t offer any powerful features to match its hardware set.

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