Brilliant Pixel resolution, brutal Pixel price Video
Brilliant Pixel resolution, brutal Pixel price Video Transcript
Google is not known for much hardware besides its sleek Nexus phones and some fancy futuristic glasses. But the sleek Chromebook Pixel changes all that. I am Seth Rosenblatt for CNET. And this first look, we're taking a quick tour of Google's first laptop made without a manufacturing partner. The result is not unlike Microsoft Surface, a sharp, sexy device with some unique features and a ridiculously high price point. And boy, I mean, high. Let's just get the facts out of the way. The Pixel runs on a dual core 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, with integrated Intel HD 4,000 graphics and 4 gigs of memory. It's a huge step up for Chromebook power, although, not super high-end either. Speaking of graphics, the screen on this thing is slightly bonkers. It supports a 3 to 2 ratio for easier vertical scrolling. The touchscreen clocks in at 239 pixels per inch, edging past the 13-inch MacBook Pro's 227 PPI retina display. Google crammed 2 microphones, an HD camera and a light detector above the screen. The two mics are for better noise cancellation but Google also tapped a third mic below the keyboard to help cut out typing noises. On the outside, the pixel has 2 USB ports, a mini display port for external monitors, an SD card slot and a combination headphone mic jack. Google promises around 5 hours of battery life, just in shabby. But that mini display port, Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 2.0, meaning the pixel is actually a version behind the latest standards. That's a problem. Why build a high-end laptop that only meets average ports. However, it's been beautifully engineered and feels solid even if it is a sketch heavy at 3.3 pounds. There are no visible screws holding the chassy together. The track pad feels grippy yet smooth, not too greasy, and the hinge has been designed so you can open it with one hand. For better and for worse, the pixel runs Chrome OS. Google's browser based operating system gets regular updates every 6 weeks, which means that your pixel will stay current for quit a while. If you live in the cloud, you simply must consider this if you're looking for a high-end laptop. However, it also means that you can't run high powered programs like iTunes, photoshop, or MS Office. Currently, Chrome doesn't do well with a ton of tabs, which is essentially what web apps are. So, multitasking can be a bit sluggish at times even with that 4 gigs of RAM. On the other hand, Google is giving everybody who buys a pixel 1 Terabyte of Cloud Storage for 3 years. And if you splurge on the Verizon LTE version that's expected in early April, you'll get practically always on connectivity and I do mean Splurge. The LTE version will run you a whopping. Get ready for this, whopping, $1499 for the WiFi only version it still extracts a hefty $1299 premium. This is a gorgeous device. Something that clearly has had a lot of thought print into it. For those prices, you can get a far more robust Windows 8 touchscreen laptop or a MAC book. Still, it's interesting to see Google take a chance on a product like this and shake things up just a little. I don't think they've nailed it quite yet but they're getting close. For CNET, I'm Seth Rosenblatt.
Stephen Shankland goes hands-on with Google's first touch-screen laptop, the Chromebook Pixel.
Google's new 13-inch touch-screen-enabled notebook with a 2,560x1,700-pixel display goes head to head with Apple's MacBook line. Molly Wood and Jeff Cannata unbox the new laptop and offer their first impressions.
CNET's Kara Tsuboi and Seth Rosenblatt discuss Google's Chromebook Pixel, the company's first-ever touch-enabled laptop built on proprietary hardware. Hear Seth's early impressions of the device and why this is a crucial step forward in Google's quest to build software and hardware.
Three testers take the sleek, touch-enabled, 13-inch Google ChromeBook Pixel out for a few days to see if the cloud-based device works as a functional, everyday notebook.
The Kirabook's biggest selling point is its high-res screen. Far beyond 1,920x1,080, this is instead a 2,560x1,440-pixel-resolution display (called PixelPure), putting it firmly in the territory of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Of course, that also includes MacBook-Pro-like prices, with the Kirabook running from $1,599 to $1,999.
Molly Wood takes a look inside the MacBook Pro. The Apple notebook sports a 15.4-inch Retina display, which translates to a resolution of 2,880x1,800 pixels.
The Kobo Glo e-reader features a 1,024x768-pixel-resolution 6-inch e-ink touch-screen display that Kobo says makes text and images appear crisper.
Lenovo's ThinkVision 28 4K display is an impressive package, and not just because of its screen. The multitouch display not only boasts a 3,840x2,160-pixel resolution, it also doubles as an Android all-in-one device.
Apple's Phil Schiller unveils a new iPad Mini with Retina Display. The new tablet features a 2,048x1,536-pixel display, and houses Apple's A7 processor. Pricing starts at $399 for the Wi-Fi 16GB model; it will be available in November.
This updated version of Dell's XPS One 27, with a touch screen, a new adjustable stand, and the same 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution, looks like one of the most compelling Windows 8 desktops.
Google Chromebook Pixel Review
The good: The slick-looking, Intel-powered Google Chromebook Pixel combines the touch screen support of Windows 8 with the MacBook Pro's high-res Retina display. It also includes three years of free 1TB cloud storage, and has a 4G LTE option.
The bad: Pricing starts at a lofty $1,299; Web-based Chrome OS requires you to be online to do most tasks; Web apps can't yet compare to most Windows or Mac software, especially for media-centric activities like video.
The bottom line: 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.Read full review
Google Chromebook Pixel Specs
Part number: CB001
- Product Specifications