Google - 12.85" Chromebook Pixel - 4GB Memory - 32GB Solid State Drive
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- Energy Star CompatibleYes
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Battery TypeLithium-ion
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3 RAM
- Optical DriveNot included
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, select memory card slots
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingWireless-A+B+G+N
- Additional Audio/Video ConnectorsMini display port
- Laptop WeightUltraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
- HDMI OutputNo
- Operating System PlatformChrome
- Graphics ChipIntel
- Backlit KeyboardYes
- Drive Capacity32GB
- Graphics CardIntel® HD Graphics 4000
- Wireless DisplayNo
- Integrated MicrophoneYes
Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 14 reviews(14 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The Most Premium/Qaulity Chromebook to date.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Overview: I’m currently a full time student/seminarian that needs a computer to write documents, give presentations, check/write emails, video-conference, watch videos on an external monitor/keyboard/mouse/television and use/share my calendar. Chromebooks meet these needs. The Chromebook does this for me while also giving me peace of mind against viruses and having to keep up with the newest updates. The Pixel is considered a Halo product. This means Google’s goal was not cost, but to just produce the nicest system they could to encourage advertisers, software developers and designers to pick up on the Chromebook concept of cloud computing. Operating System (OS): The operating system is very simple and straight to the point. I think its great for anyone who needs a simple computing solution that spends a majority of their computing time on-line; which is most of us. It requires no anti-virus protection and has boot-verification when it starts up in-case the system has had any unauthorized modifications (viruses). This OS is limited in contrast to Windows or Mac based OS. As long as you don’t have unrealistic expectations and you understand what you are buying, you will be very satisfied with this OS. One of the most common issues I have come across that prevent people from using Chromebooks is that they do heavy video editing and require Adobe Photoshop, Auto-Cad etc. Google does offer a program that offers light photo-editing. The intention of the Pixel is to inspire hardware and software developers to contribute to Chromebook OS/software/hardware development. Also, you cannot print from just any printer, you will need to have a printer that supports cloud/internet printing unless you have a desktop you can print through to a printer using the Chromebook. I print through my desktop using Google’s Cloud Print service. While previous versions of Chrome operating systems would only work while you were connected to the internet, the newer one now offer its office suite and email off-line which won’t require an internet connection. For some, this will be a deal-breaker. For me it’s not. Screen: Like most people have said in reviews you may have observed, the screen is amazing. I cannot find the words to do the screen justice. Once you see the machine and experience it, you’ll better understand the higher premium price of this machine. It has great viewing angles (IPS) and color contrast. The screen contains over 4 million pixels and goes up to 400 nits of brightness. What this means is that you have a super-bright screen that you can enjoy in most lighting conditions. I do have to inform you though that in bright lighting conditions, the touch-screen adds glare as with any touchscreen based system. The screen format isn’t ideal for watching videos (3:2 vs the common 16:9), but just like the ipad4, there will be some letterboxing (black strips above and below the video). The picture quality itself looks great on this screen if the letter boxing does not bother you. Google states that they believe the 3:2 screen format gives a better (more natural) web-browsing experience when reading web pages. Many people have commented that many web-pages do not have images that support the retina display. That has not been an issue for me; I have rarely experience images that could not take advantage of the screen. This has not been the same case with the rMBP. Touchscreen: The touch-screen works very well in responsiveness. I don’t know what more to say about it. Keyboard & Trackpad: The keys I would consider on the shorter side in compression. There is comfortable travel to them and they sound similar to Lenovo’s keyboards in sound when typing. This is one of the best keyboards I have used on any ultra-portable. The key presses feel crisp and I do not feel like I stumble across the keys while typing. The keyboard has a off-white backlight. The trackpad is made of etched glasses. It’s the nicest I’ve seen on any computer. It has a slight texture to it. The trackpad is very responsive and consistent just like Apple based systems. Sound Quality: The speakers have a great low, medium and high range. They go very loud with crisp sound to them and no distortion. Just like the screen, you’ll need to experience the sound quality for yourself in person. Battery Life: I have averaged 5.5 to 6 hours of battery life with the screen just below half-brightness. Hardware: There is a video-out port which when paired with an adapter supports HDMI and VGA. It also has a charging port, SD card slot, headphone in/out and two USB 2.0 ports. Given that this is a halo product for Google, I have no response for why they did not use 3.0. Build Quality: I’ve owned many computers (primarily ultrabooks). I enjoy trying different systems out and reviewing them based mostly on their hardware and build qualities. I have a background in IT which contributes to this personal interest. Given that Apple is considered by most people to have one of the best build qualities of any manufacturer, I will compare the Chromebook Pixel to it; specifically the 13” Retina Macbook Pro (rMBP). The build quality of the rMBP is superseded by the Chromebook Pixel. The Chromebook Pixel is built of all anodized aluminum, right down to the piano hinge that attaches the screen to the computer. Not even Apple uses an aluminum hinge/cover. There is no keyboard flex and the frame surrounding the keys is also aluminum. The only thing I would say that I’m disappointed in with the build of the Pixel is that it does not have a magnetic power connector on the charger like the rMBP or Microsoft Surface. While the power-brick does not feel cheap in any way, I prefer the magnetic connector in the event that something trips the cable. There is a magnetic latch to hold the screen shut. The body of the computer is an dark anodized aluminum with a very minimalist look. The fan runs very quietly and produces little to no sound unless you put your ear right up to it. Storage Concerns: The whole concept behind the Chromebook (Pixel) is to store your documents/files in the cloud (internet/servers). For my documents with personal information that I don’t trust to place in the cloud, I can keep them on the local storage of the computer/Chromebook. The file manager is seamless in that you have a cloud folder and local storage folder. They are differentiated by their folder icon images. Anything I place in the cloud folder syncs with the google drive folder program that I have on my Windows 8 desktop PC. I rarely use my desktop. I spend 95% of my time on the Chromebook. The other 5% is for managing my itunes media and for gaming. As a strictly productively school for classes, the Chromebook has served me well. Unboxing: Like Apple, everything about this product screams quality, thought and care. When I first opened the Chromebook, it booted up (powered on) automatically. The packaging was nicer than what you would find with an Apple Macbook. The package has a magnetic flap that holds the container shut. It’s nice enough that it’s worth holding onto... What I enjoy about Google is that I consider them a successful and fun company. For example, all the eccentric names they have for their operating systems such as Honeycomb, Ice-cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, etc. The warranty information card even has a banana peel on it. Good stuff... Concerns: My only concern with this product is whether or not there will be aftermarket accessories for it. For example, if I misplace the charging brick, I would obviously need to purchase another one. Google does not currently offer that on their site. Conclusion: If you can stomach the $1300+ price tag and the Chromebook OS meets your computing needs, I would highly recommend it. I feel that the price for the Chromebook would be more realistic at a $600-$800 price point. Considering the Pixel is Google’s first in-house designed computer, it may become a collector’s item worth more money in the distant future :-P Most people argue that a Chromebook is just a computer with nothing more than a browser. Well, you’re right to an extent. I mostly use Chrome and I bought the Pixel for it’s hardware and the fact that it’s simple and meets all my basic computing needs. Also, I would highly recommend a Chromebook or Chromebox to anyone who is not tech savvy and has just basic computing needs; for example a grandmother who just uses the internet to pay bills, but does not want the hassle of viruses and spam. My mother is a good example of this. Her children use her computer, but it always runs slow and has problems running and crashing. If she had a Chromebook or Chromebox, her system would boot and run quickly just like the first day her desktop ran when she first bought it. My point, Chromebooks/Chromeboxes do have a place and purpose; maybe it’s for you, maybe it’s not. It might not meet everyone’s needs, but that does not automatically make it a bad product :-) This is a great product and I would highly recommend it. Google did an astounding job at their first attempt to build a premium system to reflect their concept of cloud computing.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
web dev dream|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Thousands of lines of code look amazing on this device. As a vim user, after enabling developer mode, and configuring my vimrc, I'm in heaven. The keyboard, the display and the track pad are so good that the 4-5 hours battery life is excusable. if you have any doubts about this laptop, and you are a command line developer, just head over and check out linus Torvalds'(creator of Linux) Google plus page.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Device, for what it doesPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
The Chromebook Pixel is an interesting laptop. It's beautiful, well made, and a pleasure to use. It has the best screen I've used on a laptop and the build quality is top grade. While hardware is great, but it's impossible to evaluate the worth of the Pixel without talking about Chrome OS, which has little more than the functionality of the Chrome Webbrowser along with a collection of native Apps. Chrome OS is easy to use, secure, and updates automatically. These are all strengths. Chrome OS gives up a lot however, and this includes many of the advanced native apps that you may be used to in Windows, Linux, or OS X. 95% of what you do on the Chromebook is through online websites and Apps that mostly consist of a web component. If you live in a web browser the Chromebook is built for you, and the Pixel is the luxury experience. If you are someone who often needs offline access to apps or have programs and games that are platform specific, you'll likely get a bit frustrated by some of the Chromebook limitations. These limitations are off-putting to power users as well, at first. Thankfully the Pixel and other Chromebooks allow you to enable a developer mode that gives you root access to the underlying system, which is essentially a minimal setup of Gentoo Linux. People in the user community have also set up easy ways to install change root (chroot) environments to allow easy switching between Chrome OS and Ubuntu, making it much simpler and straight forward to install Linux binary applications. One thing that the Pixel cannot do, other than in a virtual machine, is run Windows. If you want a nice Windows laptop you should look elseware. Do I recommend this device? It's hard to say. It's well designed, doesn't do as much as comparable laptops, but does what it's supposed to very well. For most people interested in a Chromebook I'd recommend a cheaper model, such as the $250 Samsung chrome book or the $199 Acer Chromebook. At the price of a Pixel you can also get an excellent ultrabook or a very nice Macbook Pro. Because of the price it makes it hard for me to recommend it over most other machines to most people. I have a feeling Google didn't intend to target this at the mass consumer as much as enthusiasts, early adopters, and Chromium developers. The price with the limitations of Chrome OS will greatly affect the value received for the price for most people. As a power user and someone who really likes using the Pixel, I couldn't do everything I needed on it without also installing Linux. If you have the money to spend, live on the internet, and you know exactly what you're getting, the Chromebook is a nice laptop and an interesting preview on what Google sees as a reference laptop for upcoming Chromebooks to come.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great design.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
First generation devices tend to have problems, yet I haven't been able to find them with this machine. In terms of build quality, it seems like the third iteration of some lesser company's product. But google really nailed it in build quality. The thing that everyone is talking about is chrome os on a 1300$ chromebook. I had the 250$ chromebook, gmail took about 6-8 seconds to load. On the pixel, it takes under 3. The real hassle for most people will be switching to the new paradigm of web apps. You won't have Photoshop, you'll have pixlr; You won't have Eclipse you'll have ShiftEdit. You won't have WoW you'll have pocket legends. At the end of the month, if you manage to adapt your work flow to the cloud, you'll end up with a fully portable work flow that works on any computer with chrome, all your data backed up and synchronized. Is this worth 1300$? Lets see. Macbook pro specs $1500, 12" touchscreen $300, 1TB of google drive for 3 years $1800, total = $3600. Yes, its worth it... unless you are into mainstream computer games... You'll still have all the flash games, HexGl, Cut the rope, Angry birds, Pocket Legends, Dark Legends among other NaCl, Flash, WebGL or HTML5 games. Technically, ChromeOS supports Native C++ code. But there are few apps that take advantage of it, like netflix. In that sense, ChromeOS is just a baby waiting for developers to feed it. A very capable, fully functional baby.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great laptop for anybodyPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought Samsung Chromebooks for my parents, brother and our kids. They are ideal machines because they eliminated the computer support that I had to provide constantly for my family and other relatives. However, I never thought that Chromebooks would work for me because I need Latex, Matlab etc. During the past year, however, I moved all my files to Google Drive (400GB of them including all family photos and videos) which cost $20 per month. With the Pixel I will therefore save at least $720 over 3 years (due to the 1TB of storage). That pushed the price down for me to a more affordable $660 (including tax etc.) I also discovered that there are now extremely capable Chrome extensions such as ChromeRDP which allow to log into my work server and access Windows programs that I still need to use. This covers essentially the 5-10% of usage cases where Chrome OS is insufficient. It helps if you have a modern HP or Brother printer with Google cloud print inbuilt - then you can print from the Chromebook without any hassles (from anywhere if that matters to you). The hardware is superb: LOUD speakers and a fantastic screen - great for watching movies. The keyboard is great. The touch screen is surprisingly useful for scrolling through web pages and will become more useful over time.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
amazing laptop|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
the first word that comes to my mind about this laptop is amazing. From the build quality (which is top notch) to the speakers (very loud and clear) to the speed of start up time and surfing the internet I have been nothing less then impressed. The price is up there but you definitely get what you pay for.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Amazing laptop.|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I love the Pixel. The screen is unbelievable. I've been able to find a Chrome App for everything I need to do. I would never go back to my old Windows laptop.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
...can't put it downPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
It's really hard to describe what it is that I love so much about the pixel and Chromebooks in general, but this thing is truly addictive. Ever since I got it in the house, it's been a constant battle between my wife and I to see who gets to the Pixel first. The screen is absolutely amazing. I'm very lucky to also own the MacBook Pro Retina, because other than these two, looking at any other screen is just awful. The problem now is that I find myself trying to use the touchscreen on all other laptops at home and work, but they don't have it. The build quality the Pixel is unrivaled, even by Apple and Sony; this thing is rock solid!! In terms of the Chrome OS in general, it's a true pleasure to use. I've been finding programs in the app store that I didn't even imagine existed, much less as a web app. I now prefer using Google's spreadsheet and word processing programs. It's so nice not to have to remember to save anything because it's being done for me, and not on the computer, on the cloud. So if my Pixel gets run over by a truck, I haven't lost a single thing!! So if you are reading this because you're thinking about buying the Pixel or any Chromebook for the first time, just remember that these computers are meant to work connected to the internet (via wi-fi). Without connectivity, their use is very limited. However, while connected, I'm able to do 80-90% of what I need to do on any computer. So if you can be connected to the internet most of the time and don't have a need for applications such as Photoshop, Auto-Cad, MS Access, Final Cut Pro and the like, this might be the machine for you. With all that said, I'll finish just as I started. I don't know what it is, but the Chromebook experience on the Pixel is addictive. After having it around for just a couple of months, I wouldn't ever give it up!!! I'm completely addicted!!