Google Chromebook Pixel

9.0
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Reviewed by jathak (Currently owns)

I received the LTE model as an I/O attendee. I previously used my Windows laptop (powerful but not particularly high end) as my primary computer and the Samsung Chromebook at school and as a web browser for when I was doing something else on my main laptop.

While I think that there are very few people who should buy one, the Pixel is an amazing device to own. It has now become my primary device as I have GIMP and Eclipse installed with Ubuntu. My Windows laptop has become my secondary computer and I haven't touched my Samsung Chromebook in days.

I thought that I would continue to use the Samsung Chromebook at school because of its battery life, but I've found that the Pixel will last through the day (I generally use it in 3-5 of my 7 daily classes) if I keep the brightness down (It's still easily readable).

I was already accustomed to Chrome OS after using the ARMbook for several months, but the Pixel really highlights just how powerful of an OS it is. For the areas in which it lacks, I can switch to Ubuntu almost instantly and run the Android dev tools as well as Windows software through WINE.

I agree with almost everything in the Verge review, including that there are few people who should by this. However, it's a great demonstration of what's to come for Chrome and for laptops, and I'm excited to see what happens.

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  • Battery life 7
  • Software 7
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