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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: $$$
By UpSpin on 2/21/2013 6:34:42 PM , Rating: 1
Ask the people who use Evernote/DropBox/Google Drive/MS SkyDrive, and even buy monthly subscriptions.
People use it, people trust it.

Just because it's in the cloud doesn't mean you don't have a physical copy on your desktop computer.
If you have some additional sensitive personal data, you can store it on the Chromebook and don't have to upload it to the cloud.

If you don't use the cloud, or don't trust it, then just ignore it, but don't complain that others want to use it.

RE: $$$
By ritualm on 2/21/2013 6:43:49 PM , Rating: 2
People use it, people trust it.

Trust? All it takes is one B&E. Just ask the guy who once had the @mat Twitter handle.

RE: $$$
By UpSpin on 2/21/2013 6:58:26 PM , Rating: 2
Just ask all the people running infected Windows computers who don't even know that they have a trojan on their computer.
The disadvantage of Windows, an advantage of Chrome OS and the cloud.

Your argument: 'all it takes is one B&E' is valid for every computer worldwide.

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