Reviews Google Chromebook Pixel
5.4
RCT SCORE
RCT SCORE 5.4 / 10

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Google's Chromebook has grown from a curious niche to a bona-fide (if still nichey) alternative to a Windows or Mac-based laptop. With the Chromebook Pixel, Google has not only made its first ultrabook (previous Chromebooks were manufactured by third parties) but it has gone after the high-end of the market.

The centerpiece of the Pixel is the high-resolution, touch-screen display. The 12.5-inch display packs 4.3 million pixels (2560 x 1700), surpassing Apple's Retina display as the current high-pixel-density champ. The Pixel packs a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, Intel Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, and built-in Bluetooth. It weighs in at 3.3 pounds with a backlit keypad, glass touchpad and built-in 720p HD video camera.

As $1,299 Chromebook Pixel offers 32GB of SSD memory. A $1,499 version adds LTE mobile broadband and doubles the memory to 64GB. Both versions will include 1TB worth of Google Drive cloud storage for three years (after that, you'll have to pay), plus 12 free GoGo in-flight Wi-Fi passes.

If there was one theme to the Chromebook Pixel's reviews it was angst. Reviewers, for the most part, were absolutely enamored with the display, the build quality of the hardware and the overall performance of the Pixel. But almost none of them would actually recommend it as laptop worth paying $1,299 for. The Chrome OS and a completely cloud-based existence isn't a proposition many consumers find appealing and for the same price, you could avail yourself to a MacBook Air or high-end Windows 8 ultrabooks that offer far more functionality.

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It's Simply Too Expensive
With one single statistic, Google has made the Chromebook Pixel even easier to write off than any of its quirky predecessors: price. For an MSRP that is on par with some of the best...
Engadget.com
 
It's Great - But Only If You Live Life in the Cloud
Like a sneaky gray kitten, the Pixel runs so quietly that you might forget that it's there. And even more importantly: No matter how many tabs or windows are open, the laptop runs...
NBC News.com
 
A Hard Expense to Justify If You're Not in the Cloud
The Chromebook Pixel is the best Chromebook ever made. As with all Chromebooks, that may mean nothing to you if you don't like ChromeOS, but there can be little doubt that the Pixel is...
TechCrunch.com
 
This Shows What Chrome Can Do
Like a high-end sports car or $10,000 watch, it's a device few actually need but many will want, whether or not they actually buy one. It will delight Web developers who can afford to...
InformationWeek.com
 
That's One Hefty Price
Despite impressive hardware specs and solid industrial design, the Chromebook Pixel's high price and cloud OS limitations make it impossible to recommend for the vast majority of users.
CNET.com
 
I Loved It, But You Should Buy a MacBook Air
I love the Chromebook Pixel. I can't remember the last time I so unequivocally enjoyed using a device. Its display, keyboard, trackpad, and overall fit and finish are as good as any...
The Verge.com
 
I'm a Chromebook Convert
For those who do get it, Google's Chromebook Pixel is an outstanding machine. For those who can't embrace the idea of Chrome OS - even at the low $250 price point of the Samsung...
Wired.com
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