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Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)

Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)

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81 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Though the Pixel looks the same as its predecessor, it feels like a big improvement, thanks to its tripled battery life and lower price. Chrome OS has come a long way too, to the point where the idea of doing everything online doesn't seem like as crazy an idea as it once did. That said, as well-designed as the Pixel is, $999 is a lot to pay for a laptop that only runs Chrome OS, especially when comparable Mac and Windows machines can run all manner of desktop apps -- including the Chrome browser.

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Pros
  • Beautiful, high-res display
  • Incredible build quality
  • Great keyboard and trackpad
  • Long battery life, charges quickly
  • Mix of regular and USB Type-C ports
Cons
  • Chrome OS has come a long way, but still has limitations
  • Still feelsexpensive for what it is
  • No real change in the thickness or weight
81 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

81
 

User Reviews

90
kolebee
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
bgott
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Score Breakdown

 
80
Average Critic Score
 
80
Engadget
As well-designed as the Pixel is, $999 is a lot to pay for a laptop that only runs Chrome OS, especially when comparable Mac and Windows machines can run all manner of desktop apps -- including the Chrome browser.
 
70
Wired
Soon we’ll all demand a computer this beautiful. When that future gets here—and it will—the Pixel’s going to be sitting pretty.
 
80
New York Times
If you are looking for a minimalist laptop that requires an odd little collection of adapters and dongles, the new MacBook is a heck of a lot lighter ... But as a technology platform and a demonstration of tech we might all be using in the somewhat near future, the Pixel impresses.
 
90
Computerworld
As far as laptops go, the new Pixel is remarkably close to perfection. It's a pleasure to use in almost every possible way -- and if you can justify its cost, it'll make life in the cloud feel like a first-class dream.
 
80
The Verge
When you use it, the dichotomy between what your heart wants and what your brain says is almost bittersweet. It’s an amazing laptop that I want to use all the time, but when I really need to do more intensive "computer" things, it’s not quite enough.
 
70
CNET
The updated Chromebook Pixel sets the bar for high-end for Chrome OS hardware, but its browser-based operating system imposes far too many limitations to justify its lofty price point.
 
80
CNN
With that price tag no one expects it to end up in everyone's lap. Pixel is more Google's way of saying to the other manufacturers of their Chrome OS, "Hey! This is best and brightest of what can be done with our operating system."
 
80
The Guardian
For £800 the Pixel is overkill as a Chromebook, but it is a fantastic Chromebook and if that’s what’s required, then the Pixel is perfect. For most people, that £800 is better spent on a PC or Mac laptop.
 
80
Wired UK
The Google Chromebook Pixel is pretty much state of the art as far as Chromebooks go. It's fast, with great battery life and a terrific screen, and if you're already tied into the Google universe then it's as good as it gets, albeit with a price to match.
 
90
Mashable
The Chromebook Pixel 2 is the best Chromebook — and the best Chrome browser experience — money can buy. A lot of money.

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