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Google Chromebook Pixel

Google Chromebook Pixel

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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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

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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Pros
  • Beautiful, high-res display
  • Incredible build quality
  • Great keyboard and trackpad
Cons
  • Limited OS functionality
  • Poor battery life
  • High cost
79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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

79
 

User Reviews

80
rkarolak
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
geezer33
Great machine for my purposes which is all online looking at graphs and cruising...read more
100
njashanmal
Among the most polemical devices released in recent memory.I debated whether...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
74
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Engadget
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
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
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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Pocket-Lint
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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GigaOM
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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Stuff
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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TechRadar
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
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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ZDNet
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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Mashable
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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