Google Chromebook Pixel

79
Engadget
Score
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Chromebook Pixel review: another impractical marvel from Google

Summary

Google's Pixel is far and away the nicest Chromebook on the market and rivals the best for build quality, but it's far too expensive for a machine with such limited functionality.

from $640+
Pros
  • Beautiful, high-res display
  • Incredible build quality
  • Great keyboard and trackpad
Cons
  • Limited OS functionality
  • Poor battery life
  • High cost
Chromebook Pixel review: another impractical marvel from Google

We've had a bit of a love / hate relationship with the Google Chromebook since the first one crossed our laps back in 2011 -- the Samsung Series 5. We loved the concept, but hated the very limited functionality provided by your $500 investment. Since then, the series of barebones laptops has progressed, and so too has the barebones OS they run, leading to our current favorite of the bunch: the 2012 Samsung Chromebook. In that laptop's review, we concluded that "$249 seems like an appropriate price for this sort of device." So, then, imagine our chagrin when Google unveiled a very similar sort of device, but one that comes with a premium. A very hefty premium. It's a high-end, halo sort of product with incredible build quality, an incredible screen and an incredible price. Is a Chromebook that starts at more than five times the cost of its strongest competition even worth considering? Let's do the math.

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Scores

Engadget

79
 

Breakdown

Noise
7.6
Display
9.3
Durability
8.4
Battery life
6.2
Speed and features
7.7
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Specs

Chromebook

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Linux
Processor speed
1.8 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

Chromebook

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Linux
Processor speed
1.8 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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