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I've officially moved into the Chromebook Pixel for the next several days. Here's a quick hands-on tour as my journey begins:
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Thanks for rubbing it in that the rest of us don't have cool toys yet.
 
I understand why they built it, but the it's hard to justify that kind of price tag on a laptop that is not full featured.

I still love Google though. :)
 
I was all set to buy the Pixel as soon as it came out (if it turned out to be real), until..... I saw the price. I've been using a Chromebook as my only laptop (first Series 5, then Series 550) for well over a year now, and started using a Chromebox as my main desktop a few months ago. Whether or not I make the investment comes down to whether or not it's worth the price, or if I should wait on it. Needless to say, I'll be keeping an eye out for your subsequent reviews.
 
Looking forward to reading your review after the next few days.
 
I believe the higher price is intentional . It's a signal to the market place that Google means serious business. This isn't you're older brother's netbook.
 
It's expensive, yes, and not for everyone (or even most people). But we buy $500-600 Android phones when we could get a $100 one, right?  And people pay top dollar for a Mac.  But is a $4,000 Mac reasonable when you can get the same functionality in a $1,800 Mac? No, but it gives you options (and people pay it).  Google needs premium hardware for those that want premium and are willing to pay for it.    

The only reason I haven't bought the Samsung Chromebook (and I've almost pulled the trigger a few times) was because I wanted a superior screen. I will definitely get this as a primary home computer (for work, though, I still need my Dell for the data analysis software that neither a Chromebook or Mac are compatible with).
 
+Bryan Ruby but it also isn't a high end/full feature laptop. 32GB SSD and 4GB's or RAM? Come on now...
 
+Roberto Taylor , I've been saying the same about Apple products for years...yet people with money seem to buy them. What do you mean about "full feature laptop"? What's missing that you would like to see
 
you're very well spoken JR, i'm becoming a big fan of your work.

+Roberto Taylor aren't it's specs almost overkill on a chromebook system? i would't call the OS full featured though when compared to Windows 
 
Thanks, +Mitch Gersbach! (Good thing I didn't inhale large amounts of helium prior to recording the video, as I briefly considered...)
 
+Gilbert Guerrero Think of it this way: I'm just getting a big prolonged tease. I have to send the thing back in a couple of weeks, and then I'll really resent not owning one of my own. :-)
 
+Bryan Ruby , Chromebooks don't have the program support that Windows or Mac's have. For example, can you load Photoshop on a Chromebook?
 
Chromebooks also don't have the problems that Windows computers come with. Google handles the upgrades and security. This is good for most people. A powerful, simple, good looking tool for internet content consumers. It's not gonna be a solution for those that need more specialized tools. I need Linux and Windows, but most of my family would be better off with a Chromebook.
 
It will be eventually though, everything is moving to cloud based subscription services, even adobe with photoshop. They're becoming more relevant by the day.. 
 
will you be able to connect your phone with wire or do you still have to connect by methods of airdroid and such,
 
+Roberto Taylor OK, so the not being "full featured" is referring more to the ecosystem than the hardware and operating system. I can buy off on that. In fact, when my wife first started her business as a professional photographer we were all Windows and Linux. I recommended for Photoshop she buy a Mac instead of using Windows. Both operating systems were quite capable but for professional support through her peers...the Mac is where it is all at. In fact, I know of very few professional photographers that don't use Macs.

I think one of the problems we have here is it's been too long since we've seen a third party introduce a viable alternative to Windows and OS X. As someone that remembered a world before either operating system was around...both Windows and OS X were initially wrongly discredited for not having an adequate software library. If there is enough interest by developers, Chrome OS will have its day. And again, that's why I say this Chromebook Pixel isn't just really geared toward you and me...it's geared toward developers and the people that can see and buy into the vision that Chrome OS can do what other Linux distributions have been unable to do before.
 
Great article and comments! Thanks for the good discussions... I will be replacing my kids computers with the low end Samsung/Asus as soon as they are needed. Am anxious to see some more high end photo and business apps hit the Google store like the rest of you...
 
+Bryan Ruby I completely agree with you. Microsoft and Apple have been dominating the consumer PC market for far too long. Maybe Google and Chrome OS will change the way people see personal computers.

I was trying to explain the Chromebook to my brother the other night and he just didn't get it. I think that Chrome OS does everything that the majority of consumers will ever need it to do. For those that are gamers, developers or graphic artists, they will continue to use either a Windows or Mac platform.

I'm actually thinking of picking up one of the $250 Samsung Chromebooks for myself.
 
Here's the fantastically sad thing about the PIXEL as it is today: 

"Pichai says his team started working on the Pixel two years ago with the intent of “rethinking everything that’s possible with a laptop.”

Ok so you release a device that does one thing more than the 13" MPB with retina display  i.e. touch screen. For the same cost as a 13" MBP with retina display. Where the MBP actually has a faster processor and better battery life not to mention 4X the on device storage for the same price (which seems to be such an issue for so many) you release a device that is actually benchmarked to do less.

Significantly less.  And the PIXEL is missing a  significant cost component of the MBP i.e. IOS. (yes you pay for all of the APPL software when you buy one of their devices) 

And you can install Chrome OS on the MBP (no cost)  Not to mention that you can install Windows on the MPB.....

Reality Distortion Field Reborn 10X......
 
+Matthew Fiori, the fact that a MBP can do more than a Chromebook is only meaningful if people actual take advantage of those additional capabilities. A growing number of consumers don't. 
 
Oh, so many things wrong with that post.. 
 
+Anthony Tordillos you are absolutely right. I believe that the Chrome OS can do everything and more of what the majority of consumers need to do on a laptop. 
 
I am expecting to see the next review =D
 
+JR Raphael I didn't see any mention about a slot for using a lock. Does it exist? (it saves my laptop every day in the lab. Stuff vanishes at the university...).
Also, I've tried working with Google drive as a Word alternative, but beside compatibility issues with Word documents, I found that I cannot zoom in/out the page, so on bigger screen the text is too small. Is it true for the chromebook version or is it only an issue of the web version? 
 
+Shachar Lerer No physical lock slot on the machine. As for zooming into Docs, you can use the "CTRL +" hotkey on any Chrome installation -- Chrome OS or Chrome browser on a regular PC -- to increase the size of elements on the page, as you described.

On the Pixel, you can also enable pinch-to-zoom mode to zoom into a page in a more traditional (i.e. tablet- or smartphone-like) sense.
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