WhaleTech: Chromebook Pixel – are we ready for it yet?

Should you buy the Pixel?  

In a word, no.

Coming your way, soon, is this rather oddly pitched Google laptop Chromebook, the Pixel.  It’s a nicely designed product, and has some outstanding technical specifications, but for the price, would you pick it over a Macbook Pro or a high end Laptop that can also work when there isn’t an Internet connection?

While the Pixel makes manifest our subconscious expectations of the Chromebook when it first launched two years ago, the expensive, high-end, touch screen laptop still falls short in some key areas. Yes, there’s a lot to like about the hardware, but the Web-based Chrome OS just has far too many caveats and compromises to justify its exorbitant price tag.

At USD$1,300 to USD$1,500, every other PC — Mac or Windows — will give the vast majority of users far more options for the money, though right now they’ll have to choose between a high-res Retina screen (MacBook Pro, starting at USD$1,349) or a touch screen (many, many Windows models).

The Chromebook Pixel is an interesting “halo product,” and the design chops Google has shown bode well for future models. But for now, this is laptop is targeted at a niche of a niche. The vast majority of people who use Google services would be better served by sticking with theSamsung Chromebook Series 3. It lacks the high-res touch screen and zippy Intel processor, but at $249, it’s a lot easier to overlook its flaws.

Pixel vs Macbook

Pixel vs 15″ Macbook Pro

Manufacturer’s specifications

Backlit Chrome keyboard
Fully clickable, etched-glass touchpad
HD Webcam
12.85″ display with a 3:2 aspect ratio
2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI
400 nit screen
178° extra-wide viewing angle
297.7 x 224.6 x 16.2 mm
1.52kg
2 x USB 2.0
mini-display port
2-in-1 card reader supporting: SD, MMC
Intel Core i5 processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz)
Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Integrated)
4 GB DDR3 RAM
32 GB solid state drive (64 GB for LTE model)
Up to 5 hours of active use (59 Wh battery)
One terabyte of Google Drive cloud storage, free for 3 years

“Up to” 5 hours battery life?  This really isn’t a product pitched at highly mobile people.  Top end tablets with a Bluetooth keyboard provide anywhere from 8-20 hours of battery.  5 just isn’t enough.  Is the display really worth it?

And as an aside, I’m don’t like the trend of being offered Cloud storage “Free” for some limited time.  Three years is better than one, but they rarely tell you in advance what you’ll be charged when the time runs out.

Source:  CNet

 


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