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The pictured computer is Intel's #chromebook  reference design. The dim display depicts everything I see wrong about new models showcased today.

There are no brighter, higher-res screen models in the works. During the Q&A following the Intel-Google event today, OEM execs tepidly responded to questions about better-quality Chromebooks. Intel's focus is faster processors.

But in my testing Haswell-based models, performance and battery life are more than good enough, easily subjectively rivaling Macs or Windows PCs costing hundreds of dollars more. Bay Trail or Core i3 isn't the solution to better Chromebooks.

Keyboards are exceptional, as are trackpads. Displays are not. There's something wrong, when the screen on your smartphone or tablet is so much better than your desktop computer.

#chromebookpixel  packs a 400-nit high-res display. #hpchromebook11  may be 1366 x 768 resolution, but the 300-nit IPS screen smacks down every comparable Chromebook. Note that Google designed or codesigned both computers. The big G gets the display's importance.

I largely see misplaced OEM priorities in today's fresh Chromebook crop.

Do you agree? Disagree? See something else that matters more?
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I choose the Toshiba over the HP 11 primarily due to size and performance over display and design. I love the HP, but I can't work on it like I can the 13" with Intel processor. Of course, when they do add a better display and keep the price point down, I'll be all over it.
 
I agree and I see in this the same issue Microsoft has been plagued with. Windows PC's at the low end, or even the mid end, make too many stupid sacrifices. Design takes a back seat to "Bigger, Stronger! Bigger, Stronger!" Trackpad, Keyboard, Display, and overall aesthetic are the first things you have to nail down, followed closely and inextricably with performance (which means how well it feels like it performs at least as much as what any benchmark test would reveal). Better battery and no fan are nice, but don't make up for screwing any of the first five things up.
 
I am really confused about Bay Trail battery life.  OEM'S state up to 8 or 10 hours depending on the model.  Intel says up to 11+ hours.  Which is it please?
 
Probably when the average consumer cares about having more than 1366x768 we will see OEM's making them. 
 
The weak 1366x768 screen is a deal killer. I need at least 1440x900 for daily use. 
 
Thanks for writing your opinion(I agree with you) . At the end, Google is afraid of creating a new pixel.... That's it 
 
+Joe Wilcox you're preaching to the choir here, as Chris can avow from seeing my other posts. When any person uses a computer of any sort, the primary interface where understanding takes place is the display.
I can adapt to mediocre keyboards. I can handle quirky trackpads. When I'm typing, even the slowest Chromebook is fast enough. But mess with my eyes and all my productivity goes to pot.
How bout this? We've got Haswell and Bay Trail...the performance end is covered. Let's put a hiatus on further development there until we get the graphics in line.
It's really funny that Intel is focused on the performance...my Acer has Intel graphics. So wuz up wit dat? The development has been staggered for too long...time for all HD all the time. If it were the norm it wouldn't be any more expensive than anything else, or only marginally so.
I know, I know...I could plug in an external monitor. Geez.
It's not that I'm after 4K...actually my Acer C710 display is above average to me as far as clarity goes. But I do need more screen real estate for what I do, and the pixels to match it appropriately. Scaling up is no good if the image is blocky.
I'll gladly pay more for the difference, but I also say I'm not going backwards on the performance. The point it's at today is the baseline for me, so I don't think I can go to ARM, no matter how great the display is, unless AMD's next offerings kick things up to a new level.
That's my .14.
 
For reasons I won't explain, I was without the Pixel for three months.

On Saturday, I bought another, spending $900 for a new LTE from Craigslist. I'm eating PBJs three meals a day for the next couple of months. I couldn't afford to spend that much, but I also couldn't afford not to. 

There's a local shop with refurb MacBook Pros for about the same price but I enjoy Pixel too much and really get lots of work done. The screen matters more than does the processor.
 
I will say...when switching from my Samsung Series 3 to my 15" rMBP...goodness gracious my eyes can work another 8 hours. 
 
the upcoming lenovo yoga will have an ips display (ala hp11) but i believe it will still have the typical resolution.  That may be the 'best' all around chromebook to come 'soon'. (pending any surprise I/O announcements)

as to the why's, while on today's chat they were all bullish on chromeos, the low end hardware has been a risk mitigation strategy IMO...  This also jives with the 'higher end stuff will come eventually' lines they were all dropping when it was asked. (it is implicit that it is contingent on continued chrome growth)

at the end of the day, there's little to stop any of the oem's from just immediately putting a better panel into an existing model. (like some of them decided to drop in i3's)

i have my eye on that hp android laptop (which had a 1080p touch ips) for an easy crossover to the hp14, also.
 
The funny thing is, it's obvious that Google places some value on display quality thanks to the Pixel and HP 11. Why that doesn't translate into OEM models is a mystery to me. A Dell or c720P with an IPS panel would be about perfect. It doesn't even need to be 1080p at 11.6".
 
What about the new Samsung chrome books coming out later this month.... I'm surprised they didn't talk about them at the announcement
 
+derrick Jones this was an intel hosted event.

the samsung does not use an intel cpu (it uses a samsung built arm chip)
 
The HP Chromebook 11 with a 4gb ram, a longer battery life and a touchscreen would be perfect. 
 
+Ted Phillips I'm thinking the same about the drop-in Android screen.
+Davy K.M and that's why I can't buy a Pixel...you never miss what you never had, and there'd be no turning back for me then lol.
 
The Intel HD graphics chips in those may not have the grunt to run over 1366x768 properly.  This is in contrast to the ARM MALI GPUs used on the Samsung Exynos, that is used to drive even 2560x1600 displays on the Galaxy Tab Pro tablets.  One of the Samsung Chromebook 2 is driving a 1920x1020 display with this chip.
 
+derrick Jones The new Samsung Chromebook 13" still uses TN panel. Correct me I am wrong. 
 
So before I buy my chrome book I better research my display technology??!!
Does the HP14 have this issue?
 
+Tory Newnham I agree! I think the average user and especially students, are so used to the 1366x768 now that they don't ask for anything higher. I personally would love a FullHD 14-15" IPS screen, if performance and battery life could be conserved.
 
+Krister Persson me too! I am working on an old Dell Latitude E6500 at work and it has a 15 inch 1920x1200 screen and I have had to resist so hard from stealing it. I love my Think pad and hate Dell laptops but that screen makes it worth it!
 
HP said they are coming out with another higher resolution chromebook. The display has to also be one of the most expensive materials in the chromebook.
 
+Joe Wilcox So the only chromebooks that are IPS powered is HP 11, Pixel and upcoming Yoga. 
 
I would agree with you if chromebooks weren't selling so well.

You have a few people complaining about the screens on chromebooks, but mostly people don't care (obviously or they wouldn't be selling).

My productivity isn't hindered by a screen not being the highest resolution possible. People have been able to be very productive for many years without high res ips screens. The keyboard and trackpad are the biggest factors in my productivity when it comes to hardware. The screen is only important when consuming media, which I rarely do in my laptop, and if I do, honestly the screen on my acer c720 or hp 14 is good enough. 
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