Google Takes on the Macbook with Premium Touchscreen Chromebook Pixel
The Chromebook has been marketed as the device for everyone, with a variety of affordable, lightweight, and fast laptops available, powered by Google’s barebone cloud-centric Chrome OS.
Today, however, Google takes its first step into the premium laptop market with its newest Chromebook, the Pixel, featuring a Macbook Pro-esque design and a high-resolution retina-like touchscreen display.
And unlike previous Chromebooks, this latest offering has partnered PC manufacturers left behind by Google’s sole handling of the Pixel.
The question on everyone’s mind though: What is this device for? Well, according to Google, the Pixel is “for what’s next.”
Vagueness aside, the Chromebook Pixel is a beautifully crafted device; but the limitation of the operating system will make it a purely aesthetic purchase, which Google appears to be embracing.
Unfortunately, the exterior of the Pixel is where the beauty ends. The laptop is powered by a disappointingly weak processor with integrated graphics. And despite being run on a lightning fast solid state drive, the device’s base model only comes with 32 GB of storage.
The technical specifications, while proving Google took their time in molding a perfect design, also show the Pixel’s lack of real computing power:
- 12.85″ display with a 3:2 aspect ratio
- 2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI
- 400 nit screen
- 178° extra-wide viewing angle
- Gorilla® Glass multi-touch screen
- Backlit Chrome keyboard
- Fully clickable, etched-glass trackpad
- HD Webcam
- 2 x USB 2.0
- mini display port
- 2-in-1 card reader supporting: SD, MMC
- Active cooling with no visible vents
- Machined from anodized aluminum
- ENERGY STAR® certified
- 3.35 lbs / 1.52 kg
- Intel® Core™ i5 Processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz)
- Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (Integrated)
- 4 GB DDR3 RAM
- 32 or 64 GB Solid State Drive
- Headphone/microphone jack
- Built-in microphone array
- Integrated DSP for noise cancellation
- Powerful speakers tuned for clarity
- Up to 5 hours of active use (59 Wh)
- Dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2×2
- Bluetooth 3.0™
- 1 TB of Google Drive Cloud Storage for 3 years
- 12 free sessions of GoGo® Inflight Internet
Overall, the Chromebook Pixel appears to be a message to Apple, to make the company aware that Google also has the ability to put out incredibly designed products. Though it’ll need a full desktop operating system that can rival Mac OS X for whatever’s next.