Google Unveils the Chromebook Pixel

An so the Chromebook Pixel appears. Google’s flagship Chromebook also comes with a hefty price tag.

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The 12.85″ display with a 3:2 aspect ratio would be nice for viewing DSLR photos that are commonly 3:2, and the pixel density is really great for sharp images. Spec sheet says 178° extra-wide viewing angle, which I’m going to assume is an IPS display panel.

Coming in at 1.52 kg, it isn’t light. It’s said to have active cooling with no visible vents, powered by a Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5 processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz) with Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (Integrated) and 4GB DDR3 RAM.

2 x USB 2.0, a mini display port and a SD / MMC card reader – which is nothing spectacular, considering the high price of this notebook. In fact, why isn’t it using USB 3.0!

32GB SSD (64GB on LTE model) is sufficient though no great, again considering the price of this YouTube, Gmail, Hangouts and Drive activity device.

1TB worth of Google Drive space sounds good ………. but 3 years? After that, one would be paying a premium. And I wonder how does the 32GB SSD device synchronize itself with a 1TB space Google Drive, assuming someday you actually use Google Drive more than the space on your available drive. I guess one would have to fiddle around with the Sync Options by then.

Battery life seems to be up to 5 hours of active use (59 Wh battery) and it comes with Dual-band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 2×2, Bluetooth® 3.0 and Built-in LTE modem (LTE model)

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The WiFi-only Pixel is priced at $1,299, while the LTE-enabled version at $1,449. Rather pricey, considering you can get a really nice Ultrabook with that price and not stuck with a proprietary OS.

Thanks Google but I’ll stick to those sub-$300 models. They look a lot more practical.