The Chromebook Pixel is the Touchscreen Chromebook for Power Users


Google’s Chrome OS is one of the few PC operating systems on the rise today. When Google failed to win the game in the midrange and premium price range categories, they tried to win their ground in starting category where they did well. Samsung’s Chromebook has been hugely successful as Google has already said several times.

With the Chromebook Pixel, Google is trying to implement its former strategy in laptops again. Standing alone on the same price range as Apple’s Macbook Pro with Retina display, the Chromebook Pixel costs an arm at a leg at $1299 for the starting model. For that price it offers a dual core 1.8Ghz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD storage and Intel HD 4000 graphics.

But the star of the show here is the touchscreen. The 12.85 inch screen boasts the highest pixel density for any laptop in the market right now at 239ppi and a resolution of 2560 x 1700 pixels. It is protected by Gorilla Glass and has over 4.3 million pixels.

The screen’s interesting 3:2 ratio makes it almost square which is quite uncommon.

For connectivity, the Chromebook Pixel uses 2 USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth 3.0, dual-band Wifi, SD card slot, headphone jack and Mini DisplayPort. A 720p webcam is placed at the front and the users will get 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for 3 years which is decidedly a very huge amount.

The Chromebook will come with Quickoffice and as usual with all the chromebooks, will allow the users to use Google services well.

The laptop itself is made of premium materials. Made of anodized aluminium, the Chromebook pixel has a backlit keyboard and a glass touchpad and these all lead up to a very sophisticated industrial design. A total of three microphones make video-call quality better.

vents are hidden, screws are invisible and the stereo speakers are seamlessly tucked away beneath the backlit keyboard

The laptop is powered by a 59 Wh batter which can power the laptop for 5 hours. Looking at these specs, it can be easily said that the Chromebook Pixel is the best Chrome OS based laptop right now, and that too by quite a margin.

The full-fledged LTE version costs $1449 is expected later and the cheaper Wifi model which costs $1299 is already available. A question which arises here is that which company right now is producing this laptop as Google hasn’t mentioned the name of the manufacturer yet. This question, however, is nowhere nearly as big as the next question though.

The real question is who on Earth will prefer a laptop which doesn’t do more than just browsing the web over an excellent Windows 8 Ultrabook or a refined Macbook Pro with Retina display. I know Chrome OS has got potential but at-least as of now not at this price margin. Had it been priced less aggressively, the Chromebook Pixel might’ve proved to be a huge rival to the competition laptops.

  • Shahid Saleem

    The last question has already been answered: look at the specs of the iPad 4. 128GB iPad is $799. This is what you get for $500 more: faster processor, more remote storage, denser and larger display, a real keyboard, easier ability to connect it to a projector or external display. Plug a USB stick or drive to it and you can import pictures, watch movies, etc. without copying to the local drive.

    And despite what you may think you can actually do more with a Chromebook than browse the web. There are lots of applications starting to appear that work (locally) inside Chrome but try to give you a great experience. Look at the work Google has done with NaCL (and is working on with PNaCL). People have been porting Native Windows games to Chrome-only (desktop Chrome and also ChromeOS). And they run at full speed.

    Lastly, ALL CHROMEBOOK DEVICES have a developer switch. You turn it on, it erases all the local storage (for security reasons — the same reason that Nexus devices erase local storage when you unlock the bootloader), and then you can install Ubuntu on it. Maybe even Windows if it supports all the hardware (which is likely except in the case of the display resolution). So it really is a cheap general purpose laptop with the BEST display in the market.

    Right now the only company that offers a Linux laptop similar to this is Dell. They have an Ubuntu laptop with Core i7 that they recently upgraded the display to 1920×1080 from 1366xwhatever.

    • Speed Breaker

      Bhai apko zyada passand hai to chup kr k le leyn.. ya dealership bhi iski aap ne hi li hai? kash propakistani ne ye article bhi apko hi dia hota XD

      • Shahid Saleem

        Unlike you, I read the article and replied to the question posed in the last paragraph.

        If you skim, you publicly lose.

        Do I personally think it is overpriced? Yes. But is it a lot more $$$ more than it should be? No.

  • DevilMind

    this Chrome Pixel is just an Experiment, that is why it is sold at such high price, so that only a few can buy it…plus it is given FREE to the Developers so that Chrome Store can have More Apps like Android Play Store…
    Google want other companies to launch High Quality & High specs with high pixel density Touch Screen laptops in future at a low/moderate price…
    This Chrome Pixel is just a Test Overview Experiment for it…
    Chrome Pixel is not meant to be for Sales & profits…

  • Bullshit

    Buy a device @ 1300$ that can only browse the web. What a joke !