Friday, February 22, 2013

Google Chromebook Pixel: One Expensive Browser


Google just announced it’s first Chrome-based laptop dubbed the Chromebook Pixel.  This is ChromeOS, an OS designed for the cloud. Chrome OS is different from Windows in a sense that it can’t run full desktop applications that we’re used to like Adobe Suite or Microsoft’s Office. It relies mostly on an active internet connection for some of its functions like Google Docs or GDrive.

Chromebook Pixel Specs:

  • 12.85 inch high-density 2560×1700 Gorilla Glass  screen
  • Intel Core i5 processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz)
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Integrated)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 64GB SSD on LTE version / 32GB on WiFi version
  • 1TB Free storage on Google Drive for 3 years
  • optional built-in LTE radio
  • Priced at $1,299

For what it can do (or cannot do) the price of $1,299 seems a little bit pricey. I could buy an Apple Macbook Air and have it run legacy apps while still being thinner and could run offline. It, also by the way, could run Chrome.

If this flops, then it only proves that ChromeOS notebooks from Samsung and Acer were just a hit because of the price.

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