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Google eschews the wedge form factor for a more brick-like design

Most Chromebooks thus far have been rather underpowered hardware-wise, to say the least.  And sales have been modest at best.

But Google Inc. (GOOG) appears eager to push the boundaries of its PC operating system experiment, debuting its first in-house designed Chromebook.  Dubbed the "Pixel", the laptop/Chromebook/ultrathin packs an Intel Corp. (INTC) Core i5 processor and Intel HD 4000 graphics.  4GB of DDR3 memory is also onboard.

The star of the show is a gorgeous 2.85-inch, 2560 x 1700 touchscreen display.  Similar to the smaller Retina MacBook Pro (13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600) from Apple, Inc. (AAPL), the laptop features a backlit keyboard and hidden speakers.

But Google's Pixel diverges with the Retina MacBook Pro in other ways.  There's a third microphone included, designed to cancel unwanted noise from the keyboard when making video calls.  And Google has gone to great lengths to optimized the touchpad's "feel" and the latching mechanism.
 Pixel Chromebook
While the laptops are similar in maximum thickness (the Google laptop is a hair thicker), they look dramatically different.

A Wi-Fi model of the Pixel ships next week.  It packs 32 GB of NAND flash, along with a 1 TB Google Drive subscription (3-year) and an SD slot for expansion.  The price is $1,299 USD.  In April Google will drop an LTE version, which packs 64 GB of NAND and the same SD/Google Drive perks.  That version will fetch $1,449 USD.


Google's app ecosystem is pretty week, but perhaps its shiny new hardware will attract new developer interest.  Google showed off a slick touch-friendly Google+ app with the launch materials.

Sources: Google [1], [2; via Engadget]



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RE: Uninstall Chrome -> Install real OS
By ritualm on 2/21/2013 6:10:38 PM , Rating: 2
And how does that matter?

Great screen, underpowered CPU/GPU combo, USB 2.0 connectivity, up to 64GB of storage? What the hell was Google thinking when it made this monstrosity?

My music collection alone is 25GB compressed, 100GB+ uncompressed. My limited movie collection is 60GB large. 1TB storage on the cloud sounds great... until you look at just how fast you can upload all of 1TB up there and your monthly bandwidth caps.

This hideous, disgusting rendition makes the failing Surface RT/Pro look good.


RE: Uninstall Chrome -> Install real OS
By Reclaimer77 on 2/21/13, Rating: -1
RE: Uninstall Chrome -> Install real OS
By ritualm on 2/21/2013 6:29:58 PM , Rating: 3
You are the reason I ran out of downvote points against your posts on the Tesla vs NYT article, sir, because you are too freaking stupid on untold levels.

And you're here publicly accusing me and others of trolling. Pot, kettle, black.

Grow a pair, internet tough guy.


RE: Uninstall Chrome -> Install real OS
By Reclaimer77 on 2/21/13, Rating: 0
By ritualm on 2/21/2013 6:39:44 PM , Rating: 3
Translation: I, Reclaimer77, suck at forming factual arguments.


RE: Uninstall Chrome -> Install real OS
By UpSpin on 2/21/2013 6:26:49 PM , Rating: 2
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And how does that matter?

It shows that what you say:
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cannot function without being always connected to the cloud.

is nonsense.

Now you cannot complain about 'no offline work possible' any longer, so you start complaining about the 'underpowered CPU/GPU'. That device is no gaming laptop. It's as underpowered as the rest of the ultrabooks/Windows tablets. So it's not underpowered at all.

On any other SSD based ultrabook/tablet you won't fit your uncompressed music collection and limited movie collection, especially not on a Surface! So all of them are useless and garbage, too?
What the heck is wrong with you?


RE: Uninstall Chrome -> Install real OS
By ritualm on 2/21/2013 6:37:20 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
On any other SSD based ultrabook/tablet you won't fit your uncompressed music collection and limited movie collection, especially not on a Surface! So all of them are useless and garbage, too?

and
quote:
What the heck is wrong with you?

How apt. Sums up all your pro-Chromebook posts on this article in a nutshell.

Keep spinning this as a "I am right, you are wrong, shut the hell up!" jive talk, kid - you're trying your damned hardest to win at arguing on the internets.


By theapparition on 2/22/2013 10:48:50 AM , Rating: 3
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Keep spinning this as a "I am right, you are wrong, shut the hell up!" jive talk, kid - you're trying your damned hardest to win at arguing on the internets.


And yet you seem to be doing just the same with your multiple posts on the subject.

Just an observation.....carry on.


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