Chromebook Pixel Review: Do we Really Need a Touchscreen for Chrome OS?

Jasmina Lozevska March 1, 2013 0


Google has established the Chromebook lineup as a list of computer devices that offer an easy access to all of Google’s services for an affordable price. Chromebooks usually have a cheap price, which ranges somewhere below the price tag of $350. The latest Chromebook release clearly shows that these laptops can also be part of the high-end market. For that purpose, Google has put a significantly higher price on its newest Chromebook Pixel.

The Chromebook Pixel was released a couple of days ago and it immediately became a subject of severe criticism. There isn’t a single person that doesn’t think the Chromebook Pixel is too expensive and won’t be sold in great numbers.

Design

With its weight of 3.35 pounds, the Chromebook Pixel is one the coolest-looking laptops I’ve ever seen. Its beautiful matte gray aluminum chassis gives that premium look that many computer manufacturers strive to achieve.

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This gorgeous laptop would be a great business tool and would good wherever you put it. There’s nothing about its design you wouldn’t like – it’s simple, classy and modern at the same time.

The Chromebook Pixel has well-rounded edges, which I think it’s another reason the Chromebook Pixel is a handsome device. There are no stickers, not even Google’s name on it – just a small Chrome logo on top of the keyboard space. Google did a good job with the design this time – the Pixel looks remarkable.

Display

Chromebook Pixel’s screen is simply magnificent. Its screen is better than the majority of laptops you’ll find out there. It has a resolution of 2560×1700 pixels, which provides the user with a sharp and vivid display experience.

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Perhaps the only real competitor of the Pixel when it comes to screen is Apple’s Retina display. However, even though it’s the same resolution ratio, the Pixel’s perfect screen view is still unbeatable. I have to admit – Google did an excellent job with the screen.

We still can’t figure it out why the Pixel has touchscreen capabilities, since the only OS that requires touch-friendly screen is Windows 8. Obviously, the Pixel does not run Windows 8.

So, as far as design and screen matter, Pixel’s price is justified. Let’s see what else it has to offer.

Performance

Chromebook Pixel sports a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, HD 4000 graphics and 4GB of RAM. Well, this should be pretty enough for the Chromebook Pixel to have a flawless performance. And yet, using the Pixel will get you to another conclusion. However, it’s nothing too serious, just some minor speed issues when playing videos.

Another significant category in which the Chromebook Pixel does not stand so good is battery life. Many tests have shown that Pixel’s battery is not as nearly durable as it should have been. Disappointingly, five hours of battery life is the max Pixel could give you.

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Chromebook Pixel runs Chrome OS, which gives you a perfect browsing experience. Other than that, Chromebook Pixel uses only web-based apps and that’s its biggest fault.

Pricing

The real issue with the Chromebook Pixel is its price tag. Yes, it’s a brilliant device and no, it’s not worth paying $1299 and $1449 for the LTE-enabled version. It doesn’t give you the full computer experience we’re accustomed to get for so long and on top of that, has a short battery life. Except for the stunning display and the nice design, Google Chromebook Pixel doesn’t have much to offer.

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