The first ever Google-designed computer has had some interesting responses from the press. The new Pixel goes against the foundation of the original Chromebook concept— Cheap. Many of the original Chromebooks were around $200-$500, usually with low quality displays and overall build quality. With every Chromebook comes the free Chrome OS, a modified version of Linux that highly promotes the use of web apps. In other words, when you open the computer you are just getting the Chrome browser. Eric Schmidt, the “father of Google Apps and the Chromebooks”, has stated that a web-browser has no need for fancy, high-quality hardware.s stated that a web-browser has no need for fancy, high-quality hardware.
The Chromebook Pixel stands out from the rest of the Chromebooks. Throughout many of Google’s announcements and keynotes, Eric Schmidt has used the word “disposable” many times. However, the Pixel doesn’t match that description. As stated before, the Chromebook Pixel is what many consumers think of as “a change in pace”. For example, another different and surprising change in the Pixel is that it has almost twice the storage space of any other Chromebook with 32 GB of SSD space. The LTE version of the Pixel has four times the amount of storage space as any other Chromebook with 64 GB of Solid State Drive (SSD) space. Many people questioned this movement on Google’s part as the Pixel comes with 1 TB of free Google Drive space in the cloud for two years (longer than the estimated life span), which demotes the use of saving documents and other files locally to the computer, but Google responded that a laptop of the Pixel’s capability needed to have some space for other files that Google Drive is incompatible with. Another big change is the display. The popular “Retina Display” from Apple has met its match, the Pixel’s display is not only cheaper, but also has a touch screen, and comes with slightly more pixels. Despite the fact that the display comes in the “old-fashioned” 3:2 ratio and the fact that it only comes in 13-inch models unlike the Macbook Pro that comes in 13 & 15-inch models, it has received good reviews from many sites and magazines. Previous processors for Chromebooks have been the weak and outdated Intel Atom and Intel Celeron model processors but the Pixel’s is a brand-new dual-core Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor. The Pixel has one of the quietest fans on the market. Sleek and silent, these fans are not only energy efficient, but effective.
The internal hardware of the Pixel is fairly poor for a computer. The internal hardware of the computer consists of the battery, the ports that connect the inside to the outside, and the RAM. Many computer developers have invested much of the past five years in getting longer battery life and getting it to fit in the ever-decreasing size of their devices. The Pixel’s battery life is a mere five hours. This would have been impressive if it had come out six years ago when the average battery life was around 2 hours, but today’s good 13-inch laptops are usually around 4-6 hours. However, it is clear for the Pixel’s price, the battery life should be much higher. Even many of Apple’s Laptops have over eight hours of battery. Another important point to consider is the amount of connectivity ports that laptops have. The usual is normally seven: Ethernet, HDMI/Mini Display port, USB (2.0/3.0)Port x2, SD Card port, Audio Jack. The Pixel has all of these with the exception of an HDMI and sadly the modern lapptops lacks the new USB 3.0 standard. USB 3.0 is becoming a very popular connectivity interface and almost all recent computers has it as it is faster and better than a 2.0 port. However, Google decided not to use USB 3.0, but 2.0 instead. The internal hardware of the Google Chromebook Pixel is slightly under-par but it is still a great device.
Ahhh, the display. This is what Google has boasted about in all of its recent keynotes and announcements. It’s one of the main reasons for the Pixel’s high price. It has a 2560 x 1700 display, one of the highest definition displays available on a computer. The display has a pixel density of 240 pixels per inch. Thats almost twice as many pixels as a full HDTV. This means that it has around the same pixel density as a Macbook Pro with Retina Display®. For those of you who don’t know what Retina Display® is, its a display with pixels so tiny, that the naked eye can’t see each individual pixel. As Apple is the only other company to achieve this feat, it is quite impressive that Google has implemented this into their own computer and made it touch screen. Touch screen complicates things as it involves having multiple layers of glass. Making it multi-touch gives it many more layers that are ultra-thin and expensive. To top it all off, they made it using Gorilla® Glass, an ultra shock-resistant form of glass that is improved and altered at an atomic level. This makes the feat of reaching pixel density in the same way as Apple, small and easy.
The Pixel’s Operating System is the Chrome OS. Google’s altered Linux OS is mainly focused on Web applications. As a result, Chrome OS is almost useless without an internet connection and many criticize this disadvantage. Google’s solution to this has been to sell a LTE version of the Pixel which allows for high-speed internet connection anywhere. Literally anywhere, even on an airplane. This lets you access Google’s promised 1TB of free Google Drive storage all the time. But, the plans have proven to be extremely expensive and the unlimited data plan is $10 a day! An advantage of the simplicity of Chrome OS is that it is much more efficient than other operating systems and is much faster. The bootup time for most Chrome OS devices is around 8 seconds. Average bootup time is around 30 seconds for a brand-new computer running Windows 7. Google started out as an internet search tool. As a result, many of its products are internet based. For example, Gmail, Youtube, Google Hangout, Google search & images, and Google Drive’s cloud storage.
The Chromebook Pixel is one of the greatest laptops I’ve seen yet. The way that each of the features supports each other is incredibly ingenious. The crystal clear display is bound to set the new standard for future laptops. However, I still favor the MacBook Pro. When it comes to user-friendly GUI and applications, the MacBook Pro is handy. While I was writing this article, I was going everywhere. I worked on it on the bus, my home, the pool. I needed to have an offline supported application on which I could edit my images, article, and layout. I needed an easy way to flip between applications. The Chromebook Pixel is a better laptop in many ways, but I need to be able to use certain aspects and functions of my computer whenever I want. 1500 dollars is a lot of money, even for a computer. If you want a Chromebook, get the 200 dollar Samsung Chromebook. If you want a computer that has the same features as the Chromebook Pixel with a few exceptions, get the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. I think the Chromebook Pixel is an extraordinary device but that doesn't mean I think you should buy it.
The Chromebook Pixel is a laptop that has attempted to create a new age of laptops: the Online Age. It is truly remarkable the way Google has created this magnificent device, but the world is not ready for a device such as the Chromebook Pixel. Despite its ultra-slim design, its amazing display, and its fast Operating System, it relies too heavily on Internet connection. It’s an remarkable feat, but it came with a fatal flaw. Until we have free Wi-Fi almost everywhere on the planet, this laptop will not be portable one. That is my final conclusion on the Google Chromebook Pixel.
All in all, I absolutely adore this new piece of technology. The Chromebook Pixel is unrivaled in almost all aspects: ultra-slim design, display, and overall fit and finish all rival any laptop existent on the market- all for a fraction of the price. And yes, the battery-life could have been extended slightly, but it hardly matters and definitely is not a deal breaker. The Chromebook Pixel is a great browser for on the go.