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Google unveils Chromebook Pixel, expects you to pay $1,299

By Jos · 45 replies
Feb 21, 2013
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  1. Google has just announced the latest addition to its lineup of web-centric Chromebook laptops. Unlike prior variants that drew their main value from their low price tag, the new Chromebook Pixel hopes to entice another set of users who live...

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  2. roxxas2

    roxxas2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +22

    Lol **** that.
    drjekel_mrhyde and avoidz like this.
  3. maxxxenem1

    maxxxenem1 TS Rookie

    LOL@Chromebook and Apple
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    Why an i5, 4gb of ram, and a high res screen for surfing the web... so stupid
  5. inventix2

    inventix2 TS Rookie

    The only thing that it has going for it is the screen, otherwise it is just a basic $600 laptop without any hard drive space -- yes, it is touch screen, but for browsing the web you really don't need a touch screen.

    Who would have that much $$$ laying around for a crippled ultrabook.
    avoidz likes this.
  6. Alvaro

    Alvaro TS Rookie Posts: 41   +8

    The hardware looks fine, I would love to have that screen; but the price is too high and the fact it uses Chrome OS means I can't install Lightroom.
    Arris likes this.
  7. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 253   +108

    This is for people with their heads in the clouds all right...
  8. Duckula22

    Duckula22 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    What graphics chip?
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,779   +3,906

    Not hardly! It's for people with their heads in a much darker, danker, smellier place.....
  10. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +627

    Why does everyone keep breaking widely-used and relatively stable formats??? 2560x1700?
  11. penn919

    penn919 TS Maniac Posts: 261   +143

    Did April 1st come early this year? This has to be a joke.
    Uvindu likes this.
  12. ArthurZ

    ArthurZ TS Rookie Posts: 79

    It makes sense to me very much even though this laptop is ahead of its time. I think it is still a good investment.
    No hard drive [almost] so viva Cloud! - the way to go - never worry about your documents again and enjoy astonishing speeds of browsing the whole day without recharging.
  13. maxxxenem1

    maxxxenem1 TS Rookie

    Good point, have to admit but still not worth the price to me
  14. Sphynx

    Sphynx TS Enthusiast Posts: 41

    This is insanity. Between this and the Glass project, Google is pricing itself out of the consumer market ? the very market it must satisfy to get enough users to justify their data collection and advertising efforts. A $250 Chromebook makes *some* sense in a few use cases and helps Google collect data on as many people as can fork over that kind of money for a cloud laptop. And there?s lots of consumers who can do that.

    But what consumers, and how many, will fork over $1,300 for a cloud laptop? A few hundred? The Chromebook has not been a sales success. The Pixel will do far worse.

    I?d snap up a Pixel at $500, think about it but still get it at $600, but at $700 and up I?d have to have some really compelling reason to drop that kind of cash and Chrome OS, which I like, is not worth that much money.

    Consider the most expensive iPad is under $1,000 ? even with some accessories ? and has far more use cases than the Pixel at $1,300. The iPad has a gigantic app ecosystem and has a refined and proven touch interface. The Pixel fails as a $1,300 laptop but it also fails as a $1,300 iPad replacement.

    I?m glad Google is starting to focus some efforts on high-quality hardware. But their business is mass collection and distribution of data, and ultra-niche products like the Pixel are not aligned with that business model.
  15. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,689   +423

    But can it run Crys...

    I mean, can I put a hard disk in it and put windows or linux on it? If so it might not be too bad. But other than the screen the hardware is a bit mid level for the pricing.
  16. They should have put ARM in there. It will help with the battery life and price a lot. I don't see why they are using Intel Core i5 for that Chrome OS? I am pretty sure that Chrome OS can runs on ARM just fine.
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,546   +430

    I don't think so. It is barely cheaper than a MBP which gets 7.5 hours of battery life and doesn't have an OS tied to the cloud (yet). Where are you going to be that you have wifi access the entire time you are using your computer but don't have access to power at some point in a 7.5 hour span? There are other points that could be made to argue against this Chromebook, but a limited OS with long battery life isn't what you should sell a Chromebook on... I just don't think there is anything you can sell it on when you compare its price to the competition.
  18. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,274   +522

    Ouch... this really hurt. I was super excited about it before hearing about that price tag. I feel like someone offered to share their ice cream with me and when I walked over to get a bite they punched me in the stomach instead.
    St1ckM4n and drjekel_mrhyde like this.
  19. peas

    peas TS Enthusiast Posts: 53

    I wouldn't pay this much for a Chromebook, but remember Google's primary goal isn't to sell units. They're putting forth a reference platform, a mature proof of concept to give other OEMs an example of what's possible. Let's face it, most OEMs have little to no vision, and what they do attempt is lost in the noise.

    I'm no Apple fan but they have proven the merit of providing a simple solution that "just works". Google seems to be trying to reach out to the masses who aren't necessarily technology savvy but want to take part in the benefits that technology has to offer. The Pixel may or may not be a commercial success, but it shows that Google continues to innovate and push beyond the boundaries of the status quo.
  20. ArthurZ

    ArthurZ TS Rookie Posts: 79

    On airplanes, as soon most airlines will cater WiFi, but no power there. An 11 hour flight I took to Europe could make me productive. Also in a cottage, I could get the WiFi range covering me, but not the power if I want to be on a lawn or deck by the pool.
    You pay for graphics, this laptop, as priced fair, the GPU prices are to blame.
  21. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    In case you haven't notice, Google is already expanding its market base. I won't be surprised if they start taking over the desktop market as well.

    Its just a cloud laptop, for now.

    Keep in mind that ChromeOS, just like stock Android, is easily upgraded. Which means that Google can easily integrate Google Play for the Chromebook. With that hardware, its the only logical path.
  22. Duckula22

    Duckula22 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    How good is the Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (Integrated)?
  23. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +59

    The screen doesn't do anything for me. Neither does the lack of a local hard drive. The sky-high price means I'm definitely not interested.
  24. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,546   +430

    Good point on the airplane..

    Less convinced of your other example. :)
  25. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Where are they coming up with these prices!! Don't have high hopes for this model last one didn't do so well why would this one be any different.

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