Google Chromebook Pixel

Verge Review

"Disposable." When Eric Schmidt and Google first introduced Chrome OS, its operating system designed for desktop and laptop PCs, they kept using that word. Schmidt promised cheap devices that were essentially interchangeable — when all the computing power, storage, and apps come from the internet, because the entire operating system is just a slightly modified version of the Chrome browser, why build good hardware? Google even claimed to be entertaining the idea of selling you a...

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Basic Specs

Thickness .64 inches
Weight 3.35 pounds
Operating system Chrome OS
Screen size (diagonal) 12.85 inches
Touch technology Capacitive
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Width 11.72 inches
Depth 8.84 inches
Thickness .64 inches
Weight 3.35 pounds
Color Silver / Black

Software

Operating system Chrome OS

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 12.85 inches
Display surface Glossy
Technology IPS LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 2560 px
Resolution (Y) 1700 px
PPI 239
Touch technology Capacitive
Multitouch Yes

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i5
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.8 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000

Memory

Base RAM size 4 GB

Storage

Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 32 GB
Max. config SSD 64 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD, MMC

Audio

Speakers 2

Webcam

Video resolution 720p

Port options

USB 2
Mini DisplayPort 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 3.0
LTE Optional

Battery

Size 59 Wh
Quoted time 5 hr

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9.0

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  • Heat / noise 8
  • Battery life 7
  • Software 7

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    Reviewed by andromeduck (Currently owns)

    heats up to about 60 deg under load

    keyboard is a little weird if you're running it with linux -- which you probably should if you want to get anything serious done -- looks a little bit unbalanced due to enlarged left ctrl + alt keys and half sized left/right keys, lacks delete key and f11/f12 and other "legacy keys"

    keyboard action and touchpad feel are just incredible. better than apple even

    display is incredible, you can adjust scaling with ctrl + alt + -/+

    sould is pretty much unmatched... volume is only limited by physical dimensions (weak low range) and keyboard vibration... yes keyboard vibration...

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    Reviewed by yl_ksa (Currently owns)

    The best laptop I've ever had my hands on in terms of hardware, it is really sexy. The keyboard and trackpad are great. Screen resolution is crazy but I guess every company is implementing similar screens. Touch screen is a nice addition, it doesn't work perfectly but it works well enough to have convinced me that I want it in any future laptop I buy. Battery life is a disappointment especially that it is a Chrome OS device but I guess the high resolution screen requires a lot. The fan noise is annoying at some times but not very noticeable.

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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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