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Gorgeous, but utterly impractical

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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.

Critic reviews

7.3
16 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.7
  • Design and form factor
    8.7
  • Battery life
    6.1
  • Display
    9.2
  • Durability
    8.4
  • Expandability
    5.0
  • Noise
    7.4
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.3

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8.9
12 reviews
8.0
Engadget Feb 25, 2013

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.

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8.0
TechCrunch Feb 24, 2013

It’s a beautiful machine that would look good in any laptop manufacturer’s lineup, and it shows that Google hasn’t just found its design chops in software, but can now also produce great hardware. The only thing holding it back is ChromeOS…

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8.0
Wired Feb 27, 2013

The Pixel is a lot like a Lamborghini, a Rolex watch, or a pair of high-priced Air Jordans. It’s cutting-edge, expensive and beautiful, but it’s a luxury item. It’s priced high enough that few will be able to justify taking the plunge. Those who do, however, likely won’t be disappointed.

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8.0
Computerworld Feb 27, 2013

If you're sold on the Chrome OS concept and want the best of the best, though -- and can justify dropping $1,300 on a device -- the Chromebook Pixel will give you a cloud computing experience like no other.

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8.0
Ars Technica Mar 7, 2013

The Chromebook Pixel is a plausible solution and it makes me excited to see more Google-designed hardware going forward. As something you should run out and buy today? If you're not a Chrome OS die-hard, it still doesn't make sense.

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7.0
Gizmodo Feb 26, 2013

This is an awesome rig saddled with an albatross of a price tag. Even if the limited potential functionality of Chrome OS didn't turn you off, paying $1300-1450 for it probably will.

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6.0
CNET Feb 22, 2013

Despite impressive hardware specs and solid industrial design, the Chromebook Pixel’s high price and cloud OS limitations make it impossible to recommend for the vast majority of users.

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6.0
New York Times Feb 28, 2013

At $250, the Chromebook is an easy recommendation as a homework computer or TV couch accessory. But at $1,300 or $1,450, the same concept just doesn’t make much sense. The Chromebook Pixel is lovely, polished and just a little bit silly.

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6.0
PC Mag Mar 5, 2013

The Google Chromebook Pixel (64GB, LTE) is a luxury laptop that needs Internet access to work at its best. If you already use a pricey mutli-GB Verizon 4G LTE data plan and have ready access to power, the Chromebook Pixel makes sense. However, it's got some first generation hiccups.

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6.0
PC World Mar 14, 2013

As an idea, Chromebook Pixel has a lot going for it. It's an iteration of Google's vision of the future of computing, and it's sleek and exciting. But as a product, it's just not practical. There are better laptops and cheaper laptops and better, cheaper laptops.

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8.0
ABC News Mar 4, 2013

Google has crafted one beautiful computer: the display is stunning, the trackpad is surprisingly frustration-free and it is very speedy. But unfortunately the Pixel is only as good as your Internet connection and the services and apps on the web.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Mar 4, 2013

As a Chromebook, it’s fantastic and there’s little to fault...The display is beautifully sharp, it’s wonderful to type on, watch movies on, carry around and use as a daily machine... alongside those more fully-featured rivals and the Chromebook Pixel is an expensive indulgence.

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9.0
NBC News Feb 25, 2013

Some need software that doesn't have a Web version, some are without data connectivity too often, and so on. The Pixel isn't for those folks — they can stop reading right here. Those who prefer swimming in the open Web need to know about the Chromebook Pixel though.

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6.0
The Telegraph Feb 22, 2013

Perhaps for Silicon Valley hipsters, where wifi is ubiquitous and free, the Pixel is surely great. Even the power adapter has a neat dock to hold the cable. I really, really wanted to love it. But even London can’t quite offer the ubiquitous connectivity it needs.

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9.0
Notebookcheck Apr 15, 2013

In the end, the Pixel is a straightforward notebook wrapped in an extraordinary case and display. The high-end hardware ultimately feels limited by the narrow scope of Chrome OS, so most users will likely get a bigger bang for the buck from a more established Windows or Mac platform.

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8.0
HotHardware May 29, 2013

If you appreciate art and design, and have plenty of disposable cash, buy a Chromebook Pixel. It's a joy to use and an even greater joy to handle. For everyone else, let's just hope that the design chops displayed here can trickle down to a machine that's more affordable.

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 21, 2013

Everything we did was comfortable, eye-catching and rather quick, thanks, no doubt, to the Pixel's Intel Core-i5 processer. First impressions? Very solid, and possibly the finest Chromebook yet

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CNET Feb 21, 2013

It's got a nice and sleek exterior, with no visible screws and no loud logo stickers. The fine-tuned hinge lets you open the lid one-handed. The touch pad is just as good as the screen. In another first for a Chromebook, a backlit keyboard means you can type better at night.

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TechCrunch Feb 21, 2013

The first thing users will definitely notice when they first open the Pixel is the screen. Not only does it have a very high resolution, but it also features a relatively unusual aspect ration of 3:2.

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GigaOM Feb 21, 2013

I surfed through a few websites — and clicked on a lot of ads, unintentionally. I used Google Maps and Google Photos and used touch to experience them. I am guessing that there is a growing number of people who want touch on their laptops — I simply use the iPad for all things cloud.

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ZDNet Feb 22, 2013

The Chromebook Pixel has only been out a few hours and we've got our hands on one. Have a look at the very expensive, nicely designed laptop from Google.

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Computerworld Feb 22, 2013

Even though Chromebooks have been around for a while, we're basically talking about a whole new category of device here. The Chromebook Pixel's high-end nature and touch-enabled interface provide a very different experience than what we've seen with Chrome OS in the past.

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Gizmodo Feb 22, 2013

The OS itself may be seen as restrictive—standalone programs are a no go—but for those of us that use our laptops primarily as on-line terminals rather than traditional desktops, these limitations are hardly noticeable.

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PC Mag Feb 21, 2013

For now, my recommendation would be to try out the Pixel, if possible, and see if the hardware justifies the purchase. But if you're interested in a Chromebook, my advice would be to buy one of the older, cheaper models first, and then see how the Pixel evolves.

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PC World Feb 26, 2013

The Chromebook Pixel doesn’t make a strong enough argument to sway me away from the MacBook Pro with Retina display, which, lest we all forget, can run both Mac OS and Windows. The price gap isn’t big enough, the battery life is worse, and the benefits of the touchscreen are minimal.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 21, 2013

In the flesh, it's stunning. The sharpness and colour reproduction is really good from what we've seen so far and the touch response is great too.

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Mashable Feb 22, 2013

If you're a road warrior who needs constant, fast, reliable Internet access and you store most of your stuff in the cloud already — then it's a beautiful touchscreen machine. The design and materials (aluminum and Gorilla Glass) are as solid and well-thought out as you'd find in any Mac laptop.

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TechRadar Feb 22, 2013

The Chromebook Pixel is a stunning machine, with a truly remarkable screen, a lovely industrial design and good specs – but it needs to be at such a big price, and it's going up against some truly impressive opposition.

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T3 Feb 22, 2013

The first thing you’ll notice about the Pixel is the clear step-up from the old Chromebook. With a weight of 1.52kg it’s light but has that reassuring weight to it that the previous Chromebooks lacked.

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The Telegraph Feb 22, 2013

The Pixel will be the first touchscreen Chromebook on the market, which will see it challenge Windows 8 and, Google claims, make it easier to multitask with different apps and swipe through photographs.

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TrustedReviews Feb 23, 2013

Fast, efficient, well styled and a joy to use, the Pixel is a brilliant device, that thanks to its stunning 2560 x 1700p touchscreen display is taken into the realms of the world beaters. A true MacBook rival could be on our hands.

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IT Pro Portal Feb 22, 2013

There simply aren't the high performance apps to justify a Core i5, let alone the stunning "Retina Plus" display ... a Pixel may be an investment in the future, as Google adds more functionality ... try out the Pixel, if possible, and see if the hardware justifies the purchase in your eyes.

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Stuff Feb 21, 2013

Build quality is really nice, on a par with the best Ultrabooks. The aluminium doesn’t have the nice cold feel of some, but the keyboard is really something. Both it and the trackpad are among the best we’ve used.

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njashanmal njashanmal

Among the most polemical devices released in recent memory. I debated whether or not to get one for several days but having extensively used the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 (my review here: http://goo.gl/G4ikk) made me appreciate Chrome OS but also made me want it on better hardware, in...

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9.0
NexusNate NexusNate

Much has been made of the Chromebook Pixel. The most troubling thing is that those journalists who review it seem more keen to discuss what it isn't rather than what it is. Rather than get into a full-blown discussion of what the Chromebook Pixel represents, i'll hit some points that people...

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BenBethel BenBethel

I buy a lot of gadgets, and when I get something I usually think that there's something that could be better about what I just bought and I yearn for the next best thing, the newest update or next generation model of the item. Not with the Chromebook Pixel. My first chromebook, I've had...

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8.0
rickschwar rickschwar

The first mobile device that you can use instead of a Mac or PC in an office environment. I love the free 100MB 4G and free 1TB of cloud storage. The touch screen is also useful for some things. The OS does have a small learning curve. Most of the apps which exist are good, but there could be...

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