Renee Niemi, who currently oversees Google’s Android and Chrome programs for work and education, reportedly confirmed an upcoming upgrade to the Chromebook Pixel, the company’s ultra-luxury Chrome OS laptop. Stating that the laptop will be, “coming out soon,” she emphasized that the Pixel line is merely a “proof of concept,” and that the company does not make many of them. (more…)
If you bought a Chromebook Pixel with LTE within the last year, there is a chance that you were supposed to receive free data from Verizon for two years to the tune of 100MB per month. According to a number of Pixel users, that promotion stopped out of no where recently, even though the Pixel is only about a year old. In other words, Pixel owners aren’t receiving the 2nd year of free data.
So what’s the deal? Well, apparently, Verizon cut off the deal without notice to anyone, which as you can imagine, pissed some people off. 100MB of free data isn’t much, but a deal is a deal. (more…)
Thanks to Amazon, we now know that Acer is looking to introduce a C7 Chromebook that features an 11.6″ touchscreen display. This laptop, once officially announced, will be the second Chromebook to feature a touchscreen after Google’s own Chromebook Pixel. What’s great about the C7 with a touchscreen is that it appears Acer is pricing this one quite affordably, right around $400. Compared to Google’s $1300 offering, this is dirt cheap. (more…)
The Chromebook Pixel with LTE, which we just reviewed this morning, will finally ship on April 8. The device runs $1449 for those with an extra pile or two of cash lying around. In our review, we had mostly positive things to say about the hardware, but the lacking Chrome OS software makes this price seem insanely high. You can pack all of the high-end displays, keyboards, and etched-glass touchpads you want into a device, but if it’s just a glorified browser, it’ll be tough to justify it at any premium price level.
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. (more…)
After Google announced the Chrombook Pixel last week, there were generally two reactions – one of initial excitement over the specs, high-res touch display, and build quality, followed by a second that usually included a, “Holy sh*t, how much does it cost?” I have to admit that those two thoughts sum up my initial reactions perfectly. But because the device surprised so many and is in some ways very polarizing, we thought we’d take a look at in anyway. Google has released this device hoping that other Chromebook manufacturers use this as motivation to build better products. Over the next couple of weeks, I hope to find out if that will happen. (more…)
Google just announced the Chromebook Pixel, a device that was originally thought to be an internet myth or joke. After reading through the press release, let’s just say that this is far from a joke or myth – it’s the real deal and looks amazing. It has a beautiful 12.85″ Gorilla Glass touch display with 239ppi (2560 x 1700), the highest pixel density of any laptop screen on the market. The Pixel also sports an Intel i5 processor, 4G LTE (from Verizon), and as is the case with all Chromebooks, is built for the cloud. There is a backlit keyboard, two USB 2.0 ports, mini-display port, 2-in1 card reader, 4GB RAM, 32/64GB solid state drive, headphone jack, microphone, and should last for 5 hours with active use.
The Pixel is already available on Google Play starting at $1299 for the WiFi-only version, with the LTE model dropping in at $1449.
The news just dropped, so we’ll flag this as “developing” until we can fully immerse ourselves in the announcement.
In the mean time, watch the video below. (more…)