Hands On With Chromebook Pixel: Google Goes After The Macbook
Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:23 AM
If I had the money, I would go for it...Actually the 3:2 ratio screen is the best part of the machine: Who wants to work on portrait documents on a flat 16:9 screen? I really hope the 3:2 or at least the 4:3 ratio will arrive at the cheaper chromebooks.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:13 AM
At a time when tech specs don’t mean the world to the ordinary user, these design flourishes can make a big difference."
That's why MacBook Airs and iPads flourish while Ultrabooks and Surface languish. Not that the latter are such bad products, but because they are built to specs that are of interest to PC geeks, instead of offering more immediately noticeable or practical attributes that appeal to a wider range of consumers.
Consumers at large don't care about Photoshop, Visual Studio, or increasingly even MS Office. That a device is capable of running those applications is of no advantage to them, and if it means a device that is more complex to set up or maintain, that capability turns into a net negative.
Instead of paying for potential "power" that will go seldom or never used, there are a good many consumers who would rather put that extra cash into a device with a better keyboard, better display, better ergonomics, and better build quality, things they notice and can quantify every time they use the device.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:24 AM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:57 AM
I do understand where you are coming from. However, I will say that I used to be a hard core fan of Microsoft, but now I am a Google one. Every now and then I will get nostalgic remembering how much I used to love Microsoft & will start to use their products only. This usually last about 3 days before I go back to Google. While I agree with you that there are a lot of reviews that play favorites with either Google or Apple (& the fact that a $1,300 chrombook is just stupid) the fact is that Microsoft got comfortable by being on top of the world and now is struggling to keep up. If Microsoft do a Explorer-9 laptop they will need to fix a lot of things that they are lacking in, which are the ones that make me go back every single time to Google. Yes, reviews are do play favorites with Google & Apple, but Microsoft has definitely lost the edge that it once had.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:04 AM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:31 AM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:41 AM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:03 PM
The free storage in the cloud could matter to someone on the go all the time, since the normal cost would be about $1800 for the three years. So it's like being paid to get the Chromebook, since the thing costs about $1,400 with allowance for taxes. Atop that, there is a minimalist bonus in the LTE version coverage of 100MB/month free from Verizon (very small, really), and 12 free sessions while in a plane. All that is covered in the first 'click here' link.
So if you are constantly travelling, and if you've a good hookup online all the time, and especially if cloud computing is what you need and use -- I can sorta see why someone would pay that much for a Chromebook.
If it will instead allow full Linux, then you could bypass its limitations, and happily use Firefox. (Chrome as a browser just doesn't cut it, though I use it also.)
Not my cup of tea, but certainly not a silly deal.
This post has been edited by brainout: 26 February 2013 - 12:06 PM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:47 PM
Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:56 AM
After reading this review, it seems to me that buying the Pixel is like buying a work of art except it does something. It's more about the apperance than actual function.
Google talks about boot time - my Surface cold boots in 10 seconds. Sleep / resume is instant.
Touch capabilities- tap, swipe, zoom... cool but what about Wacom at that price? Can I draw on that screen?
Google Drive- 1TB is nice, but, they say "free for 3 years". What's the cost after that?
The other features they list on the site are accessible from any machine that can get on the net.
This is a remarkable looking computer with an impressive screen that does nothing special.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:34 AM
Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:43 AM
If you can get a touch screen Linux laptop for $600.00 then go for it! I have a HP TouchPad I picked up for under $200.00 thats coming along very well.
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