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Chromebook Pixel vs. other Chromebooks: fight!

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Google raised the bar considerably for Chrome OS computers with the Chromebook Pixel -- but just how badly does it bruise other mainstream Chromebooks in the ring? We won't lie: for the most part, it's an outright thrashing. While it doesn't have as big a screen as HP's Pavilion 14 Chromebook or last as long on battery as Samsung's ARM-based Chromebook, the Pixel is technically superior in most every other way. That 2,560 x 1,700 display resolution, 1.8GHz Core i5 and support for LTE put Google's PC in a different class altogether, and that's when excluding freebies like the 1TB of Google Drive storage. It's even slimmer than some of its peers. The one clear obstacle is the price -- at $1,299, you're paying six times more than you would for an Acer C7 that manages a bigger (if much slower) hard drive. As you'll see in the chart, though, being part of the premium club has its perks.

Chromebook Pixel HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook Acer C7 Samsung Chromebook (late 2012)
Pricing $1,299 (WiFi), $1,449 (LTE) $330 $199 $249
Known Dimensions 11.7 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches 13.7 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches 11.2 x 8 x 1.1 inches 11.4 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches
Weight 3.4 lbs 4 lbs 3 lbs 2.4 lbs
Screen size 12.9 inches 14 inches 11.6 inches 11.6 inches
Screen resolution 2,560 x 1,700 (239 ppi) 1,366 x 768 (112ppi) 1,366 x 768 pixels (135ppi) 1,366 x 768 pixels (135ppi)
Screen type LCD touchscreen LCD LCD LCD
Battery 59WHr 37WHr 2,500mAH, no WHr specified 30WHr
Internal storage 32 / 64GB SSD 16GB SSD 320GB HDD 16GB SSD
Expansion 2x USB 2.0, Mini DisplayPort, SD card reader 3x USB 2.0, HDMI, Ethernet, multi-format card reader 3x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, SD card reader 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI, SD card reader
Front-facing cam "HD" "HD" Yes, unspecified resolution 0.3MP
Wireless 802.11n WiFi, optional Verizon LTE 802.11n WiFi 802.11n WiFi 802.11n WiFi, optional Verizon EV-DO
Bluetooth 3.0 Yes, unspecified version None Yes, unspecified version
CPU 1.8GHz Core i5 1.1GHz Celeron 847 1.1GHz Celeron 847 1.7GHz Exynos 5 Dual
RAM 4GB 2GB 2GB 2GB
Battery life (official) 5 hours 4.3 hours 3.5 hours 6.3 hours
Free extras 1TB Google Drive for 3 years, 100MB per month of LTE for 2 years 100GB Google Drive for 2 years 100GB Google Drive for 2 years 100MB per month of EV-DO for 2 years

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