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Pixel update revisited..

So I thought I'd write a final (?) update on the Pixel saga, since my MBA has been retired, and I've actually used the Pixel as my main laptop for two short trips now.

To make a long story short: it's all about the screen. There really isn't anything else special about the machine. Everything else is very much just "adequate", and you know what? It really doesn't matter. The screen was what got me interested, and perhaps more importantly, the screen is what makes it work.

I could write a much longer post talking about the weaknesses, because quite frankly, the rest of the machine really isn't all that special. You can get much better things. But I ended up deleting all my comments about the shortfall of the other individual components, because in the end it just didn't matter to me. The rest was "good enough" to make it work, and the screen sells the machine to me.

So don't get me wrong: it's absolutely not a perfect machine, and the price is unquestionably too high for any kind of widespread use. But I'm hoping it's the beginning of a trend, and we'll see more than just the Pixel and the rrMBP with good screens.
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Is a retina/pixel/whatev screen really that nessecary? I once had the luck of seeing a Macbook air with and without retina side by side and seriously…the difference was hard to spot. Imo. I don't care about pixels that much, I grew up with Commander Keen (yes, I'm young)
 
meanwhile just got my 1080p after spending a couple of years with 768p 27" and 10 years with 1024x700....
 
thanks for the review, I ended up going with the cheaper Samsung chromebook. here's hoping Linux's support continues to improve for all chrome book devices :D
 
Resolution matters...
Minimum for a 13" should be 1920.
Yes, that's what I'm on, at the Asus UX32VD.
This is not a perfect machine either, but it has i7, I put in a 256Gb Samsung 830 SSD and upgraded to 10Gb rams. Also I OC*ed the GT620 so it can run the games I casually play.

However, I'd like the Samsung 900 build quality, but I like the dedicated graphics and fhd. Though the Samsung 900 series also has a matte panel. (the same do the samsung ux models). I'll never again buy something with a glossy panel, it's fail..
 
I undestand you deleted Chrome OS and you're now using Linux, right?
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+Wesley Alvaro already have. Thanks for your advice, though. But again… I have a similar pixel-density as Mr. Lindberg has and I don't feel like the text needs to be sharper. And if it boils down to: If you look closely you can see the pixeled border of the Apple-icon in the tray…?
Maybe I'm just having a healthy distance from my screen…
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+Linus Torvalds 
I've had the feeling for some time now that manufacturers have been underestimating the value of displays to users.
All the new devices coming up that capture any users have been pushing the displays, and for years now I've heard from programmers that they don't need faster machines and bigger hard disks so much as bigger, better and more displays on their desks.
I've been getting the feeling it isn't just techies, but rather everyone who needs the displays.
 
For me, the screen and battery life are where I differentiate laptops. I have always found it necessary to pay more for a nice screen (1920 x 1080) and for a bigger battery and an SSD.

Manufacturers, for the most part, are giving us gimmicky features such as ultra-thinness and more GHz that do nothing to improve user experience. 

I am not sold yet on the touch screen on the Pixel. I wonder how much extra that touch screen adds to the cost. Did you find it useful? 
 
I read your post a while back about phones having higher res than some desktop screens and I completely agree!

It is nice to see some changes and, like you, I hope it is a trend!

[offtopic], your article on broken git objects just saved my life! ;)
 
+Mike L. Well that's surprising Mike, the MacBook Air doesn't have a retina display model.
 
+Mike L. , I have REALLY small font in my 13" screen.. Of course you could in theory shrink the font size and UI of the OS, but it wont look as crisp. If you dont shrink it / higher density, you get less usable space on screen.

The new layout of the PIXEL is better for web viewing than the 16:9 (or 16:10) you get in most pc's. I for one think that HTML5 apps in Chrome OS, as well as IOS and Android hopefully is the future. (as well as desktop OS on a PC or MAC). kindof offtopic, but..
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+Samual Black really? Huh…maybe it was MacBook Air and MacBook pro then. I don't care that much about Apple products ^^"
 
+Mike L., Maybe you just are too far away for it to matter. I'm with Linus about the resolution. I can't put my finger on it, but now that I have this higher resolution, I could never go back.
 
Is the screens aspect ratio something that makes a big difference or would you say it is just slightly different and doesn't matter? I write a lot of text and code so I'm thinking that this screen size would be nice for that.
 
I am personally waiting for a nexus 10 keyboard dock...but I am not holding my breath because [a]they may never release one [b]it may be terrible.  If the screen on the pixel were detachable I would have already made that purchase.
 
I'm just tired seeing these ghetto 1366x768 resolutions on 14"+ screens with no higher resolution options. I hope this starts a trend too.
 
I have always wondered why phones have such nice screens but laptops lag so far behind in pixel density. Is it a cost thing?
 
I'm now considering trading my MBA for a Mac Mini for home use, and having a Pixel as my laptop. 
 
+Eric Gartner , yeah, it's a shame.. I dont know why most procuders make crappy screens on laptops.. The Asus UX32VD screen is quite ok, even though it has some light leaks if the room is completely dark and the background completely black.

It is beaten by the samsung 900x3c in color/quality, but that does not have FHD... So I went with the Asus and have to live with some random fan spin ups.. other than that, it's all good. Also of course replaced the HDD with SSD.

I like the PIXEL though (even though I have not yet seen one IRL). For me to be able to use it a lot, I would need a proper FTP program, also an app that is as good as notepad++. (line numbers, syntax highligting, etc). Then I could still program in it and ftp to the server.. Or just set up the text editor to ftp.
 
Side note: I don't tend to care that much about battery life, since most of the time I can find power no problem. I would like to have a slightly smaller form-factor, that's really the only thing I miss from my old 11" MBA. 

I'd even go so far as to say that 1920x1280 is probably sufficient in 11". Although the Nexus 10 certainly showed that you don't have to skimp on resolution just because the screen is smaller.
 
+Matt Higgins Production cost and factory yield. The yield factor when producing a large screen with high pixel density is lower than for smaller screens (that is, more big screens break in production than the smaller smartphone screens). To fix that they need better factories which push up production costs.

However, it will get better as they build and rebuild existing factories to fulfill the new requirements. Also, the demand for 4k screens will help to push down the prices. :)
 
I'm still waiting for a new monitor with real resolution.  My aging 19" CRT is running 1920x1440.  This is the limit of the equally aging video card driving it.  The CRT can support 2560x1920.  It is very frustrating to see better, or at least comparable densities on laptop/tablet LCDs, but no stand-alone monitors.

And to stall the comments I get when I make similar statements, my CRT is at the back of the desk allowing a viewing distance of 3-4 feet.
 
+Mathias Lindberg , yeah, I once had an 11" machine with the 1366 res.. It was unusable for two reasons:
1. Atom CPU = slower than sirup
2. Low res on the panel

Also it had a lot of other fails like:
* short battery life
* glossy panel
* Tiny keyboard and strange position of home/end, etc
* The machine was thick and heavy, even though it was small

I eventually sold it, after I upgraded it with more ram and a better HDD. It came with one of the first SSD's, but that was a terrible SSD at that time. It was a ZIF attached SSD and I had to solder a SATA connector on the MB to fit the SATA drive.
 
haha, +Olav Alexander Mjelde I haven't even pulled the trigger on the Nexus 10 but I have a touchpad and a n7.  From my testing on those devices I ended up with a logitech BT keyboard but it doesn't really convert the tablets into laptops but rather there still a desk/hard surface requirement to setup shop.  I really like the ASUS transformer series form factor and was about to purchase one when the Nexus 10 was released and I thought I should hold off in hopes of a Nexus 10 keyboard dock.  Now I might even wait for an ARM64 device.  
 
+David Miller , you can get usb2go on the n7, but it needs root AFAIK. (read it the other day)

A friend of mine uses the TF700 for most of his tasks, instead of using a computer.. But I feel it's a bit like using a windows 98 computer, suddenly the apps are acting up and doing stuff that programs did many years ago.. (like screw up the charset of the files you just coded!).

So it's not quite there yet, the tablet as a computer. But it's mainly down to APPS and accessories. (like the proper keyboard dock that you wish for). Docking for HDMI or just using the wireless standards is already possble, with miracast. Then you have the trackpad/mouse issue ;)

I for one do mostly web programming at home, at work I do mostly C#.. So I could do this with just a proper text editor, but I have yet to find a good enough one for a tablet.
 
I have to wonder how hard it would be to yank the screen from a Pixel (maybe one with a fried mainboard or something) and stick it into a "regular" laptop like a +System76 or the like.  If I remember right, the LVD connectors are the same for all panels that use it, and I'm pretty sure the video controller would detect its capabilities.
 
I find the keyboard superlative: butter. 
 
If it was half the price, I am sure they'd make it up in units sold.
 
+Kenneth Whetstone When the pixel was released, Google made a statement saying that they weren't trying to sell units.  They just wanted to show off the hardware they think manufacturers should be building for ChromeOS.
 
I grew up with dos2 at school and windows 3.11 in secundary, jesus I hated that old things, just a case without hdd, just a floppy not even a mouse.
Now every body call me old fashioned becuse I'm mostly in terminal
 
+Linus Torvalds did you used MBA with OSX or Linux on it? I'd like a post with your personal opinions about your view on the Mac world
 
hmmmmm.. interesting. Now I'm curious to get a hands-on with the Pixel
 
+David Miller , +Mathias Lindberg . Does it work properly with utf-8 and has line numbers and syntax highlighting? Ill have to try it. At work id also like to replace some pcs with tablets. They are just used for powerpoint and simple excel...
 
I guess I wait for the Pixel 2 with a bit more power.
 
+Mathias Lindberg I ran Linux on a 2006 MacBook for several years with no problem. 
 
+Olav Alexander Mjelde 
syntax highlighting *check
UTF-8 *check
line numbers *check

Everytime I replace a PC, it goes into my cluster.  LOL, that sounded a little creepy.
 
+1 for the hope that the trend for ultra-hi-res screens spreads.
 
+Linus Torvalds agree that the screen is the winning feature. But like my Nexus 4, the synergy of the whole machine is so good that I don't care what specs it has (or doesn't have). I just enjoy the experience each time I use it
 
I am with +Linus Torvalds on the pixel, the screen is great, but honestly the keyboard on my x120e is MUCH nicer. And I prefer the trackpoint. But the screen is worth it. Also I get a good 5-6 hours of battery life in Debian. 
 
Heh, maybe I should sell the pixel and get an X1 Carbon.
 
+David Miller , maybe I will like it on my next tablet. Considering the sony z. Mostly due to waterproof, razor thin, and design. Have had apple and samsung before. But I found the ipad 2 boring and the galaxy tab 2 slow. The note 10.1 had too low res. The nexus 10 not availible in Norway. Asus transformer is aging.. The sony z has a small battery, but a 10" lives in the couch..
 
I think some are missing the point of the higher res screen. It's not really preventing jaggies or having smoother looking fonts that high resolution really shines. It's the huge jump in the amount of screen real estate that you get to work with when it comes to the Pixel. From having multiple VMs open to multi paned sessions in screen or tmux. It's fantastic to finally have that option in a laptop without windows falling off the screen or being unable to view a VM's desktop without having to scroll. And not being chained to a desktop workstation just to have that option is extremely liberating.
 
Certainly chrome os got me. It's clean simple for usual tasks
 
I like seeing different companies present new designs so this is good.
 
+Olav Alexander Mjelde SSDs are the one simple upgrade or retrofit I will add to any laptop purchase. The speed improvement simply can't be described; it must ne experienced.

I like glossy screens though. Sorry ;). 
 
The Pixel is something else, that's for sure. I do hope it inspires other premium laptops (not just Chromebooks).
 
+Linus Torvalds can you use the android SDK on the pixel. Looking for a small laptop to learn and make apps on. Looking at this or a Sony netbook z running kbuntu. But Sony is expensive
 
+Olav Alexander Mjelde I haven't even looked at the Z tablet.  I agree that +ASUS needs to revamp its transformer line and personally the only samsung product line I ever liked was the Note series but only for the wacom tech.  Samsung's build quality is terrible.  Like I mentioned earlier I might just wait for Arm64 (A-57 or A-53) devices before I make another purchase.  Right now everything is kind of, "meh..."

//*unless the nexus 10 gets a keyboard dock*//
 
Can you do any kind of development on these laptops? Or have a way to remote desktop?
 
In the end these things are highly personal. For someone it might be form factor, for someone else it might be keyboard feel, for Linus it's obviously screen quality and battery life might be the deal breaker for someone else. Which is always what puts me off on reviews (either HW or SW) where it's obvious that the reviewer got the thing that day, used it for a few hours, and then wrote his review. So much of what we do is centered around doing large numbers of tasks quickly and efficiently and relying on all sorts of cues and shortcuts to make the flow as efficient as possible. If you're always hitting the wrong key by mistake, or having to rearrange windows when you shouldn't have to, your workflow is going to suck. But there's no way to definitively know this without living with the thing for at least a couple of weeks and seeing if it gets in your way or if it just makes life easier and easier.
 
+Paulo Matos: I do kernel development on the Pixel, but it's not running ChromeOS, it's running F18.

The kernel is a pretty big project, but needs a fairly small development environment. git is very efficient, and the kernel only needs a few tools. No huge devkit needed, and no "make World" kind of environment with hundreds (or thousands) of projects like Android or the BSD's.

So kernel development can actually be less resource intensive than some other things.
 
Thank you Linus for pushing the trend.
 
+Mathias Lindberg and +Cristian Zomparelli of course +Linus Torvalds was running Linux on his Mac! So does +Dirk Hohndel and +Greg Kroah-Hartman - it really isn't that hard, and they have all three documented great chunks of their processes here on G+. I used to run Linux on a Mac as well. In fact, I remember a long time ago, before Intel Macs reading that Linus was running Linux on a PPC G5 desktop. I'm actually trying to find a G5 at a decent price to do the same thing (for no real reason, other than to run PPC Linux on something).
 
+Mathias Lindberg I never had any real problems once I got it installed - I ran Fedora (I think it was F13 or F14 at the time) on the last generation of White Macbooks they made (the one that had the unibody look). Check out posts from the three I listed - they all have a bunch of stuff documented, you just have to go back through their timelines to find it. I know Linus had an Air (and maybe a rrMBP), and Dirk has a 13" rrMBP and Greg K-H has a rrMBP.
 
+Linus Torvalds this is exactly what I thought of it at the very first time when I was reading the specifications. I mean without the touch screen functionality, "iRetina" has much better hardware for this amount of money!
 
The Chromebook Pixel is just a concept computer, designed to be sort of a "what to come" machine. I am personally very exited to see what Google will come up with next in that sort of price-range and hardware.
I have a question Linus, and you probably won't answer, but what operating system are you currently using on the Pixel? It would be really interesting to hear. Is it your own GNU/Linux system or is the Chromebook OS enough for what you do on a day-to-day basis.

P.S: I really admire your work. I have been a major Linux fan since i was around 12 years old. And what you do is a great inspiration to me.

(apologies for my english. It is my 3rd language.)
 
+Anders Rye Jacobsen in case he doesn't answer again, he mentioned above he was running F18 on it (there are so many comments, it's hard to find :-) ). I know openSUSE 12.3 works also, because Dirk Hohndel posted he tried it, and then tried Fedora - I think both worked fairly well. I would buy one in a heartbeat if I just had $1300 lying around ;-)
 
I really want one, I do mobile web development and the machine would pay for itself in terms of the increased productivity of being able to test the touch screen UI on the same machine I'm coding on. I tried to do that on an android tablet but it was just too cumbersome this seems perfect for mobile web development.
 
Kind of interesting that you bring this up.  My friend bought the latest I-pad and I had a chance to compare it to my Android Xoom.  The resolution  and graphic polish (not to mention speed) really made the I-Pad pop. It was a much nicer user experience then my Xoom.  I am sure the next generation Android tablets will catch up - if they have not already.
 
To me, resolution definitely matters. When reading it makes all of the difference in the world
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For those talking about component costs, I've contacted resellers and read that in large piece orders the Pixel panel should be about $240 (this is my speculative figure) with touchscreen and glass. LG manufactures a panel exactly like the Pixel as well as a 1920x1200 7" panel. The touch portion comes in various ranges of quality, but I don't think it would be wise to go with a less accurate touch component.

In contrast, the TN 13", 14", and 15.6" panels made in large quantities at 16:9 and 768 or 1080 lines are quite cheap. These are all well under $100 as a part.

I agree with the just good enough statement considering the basic 3rd gen i5 with Intel 4000 and 1.4mm thick sandisk iSSD. This build is just enough power to use the screen efficiently. I have read some people talking about an ARM build, but I would think manufacturers are saving that until ARM could reasonably use a screen of this density for a non-tablet experience. Or not, it could come out soon if the market signals it is willing to pay a little extra for brands to spec better panels with their laptops, Chromebook or not.
 
Honestly I'm more interested in the Asus Q200e right now. It's form factor is perfect for travel. Its got a touchscreen (though really I don't care about that too much). And it's a full PC. And the 500 GB HDD means I'll have plenty of room to install Linux on it too. And best of all it's super affordable at $500.
 
+Matt Higgins  Display cost rises as a square function.  So you can pack a high pixel density into a small phone display at a pretty low price.  Extend that to a larger display and you're taking a much bigger hit.  Another aspect is power draw, though I'm not sure how the high-density "retina" displays behave in that regard.  Power means more battery (and higher weight) or shorter life, it's the constant dance for mobile.
 
+John Glotzer Your point that mobile ergonomics are highly personal is also well-taken.  One of the fundamental flaws of laptops is that they're all-in-one devices, and I've seen otherwise acceptable designs fatally flawed by a single element I don't care for.  Or when some component breaks.  My preferences:  4:3 or 3:2 display, high res, PC keyboard layout, trackpoint, three mouse buttons, and sufficiently high processor, memory, and disk specs / performance.

I used a micro-ATX system for a while in the early aughts:  a CPU that I'd attach a screen and keyboard to.  At the time, portable displays weren't readily available, though today they pretty much are.  With all the SOC / micro form-factor computers, small keyboards (still have my Happy Hacker).  And it turns out Lenovo actually markets a mobile display: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Mobile/Lenovo-ThinkVision-LT1421-Portable-Monitor-Review-Second-Display-Road-Warriors

I'd even be willing to consider a non-optimal display (something small and otherwise non-preferable) if it means portability and utility, while being able to use a larger display when that is available.
 
+Linus Torvalds which OS are you running (I assume you sacked ChromeOS for a full Linux distro)? I've read about problems with the touchpad in Linux - do you have any hardware issues of that sort?
 
+Olav Alexander Mjelde , +David Miller , you don't need root for USB Host on the Nexus 7. You do need root if you want to mount a mass storage device, but you can use keyboards, mice, PTP, and Ethernet adapters natively. You can also use an app called Nexus Media Importer to read mass storage devices.
 
I think I like my X1 carbon, but the pixel looks good, I need to see if I can borrow one to play around with.  I love high resolution and I kind of wish that my X1 carbon came with something that high.  But 1600x900 is certainly a good resolution though.  :)
 
Personally i'm searching a good 11" with linux...long battery charge and 1440*900 at least. Unfortunately a product like this is hard to find
 
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Does the Pixels GPS have a good clock source?
 
Short and sweet - a rare quality nowadays :-)
 
Nice review. I need to see one of these in person.
 
+Linus Torvalds. If you want a good screen and a LOT less compromises, look into the XPS 13 Developer Edition. I just got one with the 1080p screen, i7, 256gb ssd and 8gb ram. It also comes with 2 usb 3 ports and much better battery life. I know you like the Pixel, but unless you're going to use the 1TB of Google Drive, it simply isn't worth it.

Edit. I actually got the Win 8 version from the Dell Outlet for under 1K and did a clean install of the latest Ubuntu 13.04 daily on it. This way I saved $600 and I am very happy with the results so far.
 
+Cristian Ciupitu. I understand. But trust me. This is a good screen. I have compared it with a Macbook Retina screen and it holds it's own. 1080p on 13.3 inch screen is so small that it is almost unreadable (and I don't have poor eyesight). I have actually had to increase the fonts to keep my eyes from getting too tired.

As far as the pixel size itself is concerned, there is absolutely NO way that any human eye can discern the difference between a pixel in a 1920x1080 and 2560x1700 on a 13.3in screen (much less on a 12in). I'm sure it looks great. It just doesn't look any better than a 1080p screen with otherwise equal specs.
 
The problem is with operating systems which can't adapt correctly to different pixel densities, that includes GNU/Linux I'm afraid to say. GTK+ is especially bad in this area.
 
+Cary Hartline The way things are going, in a few years 1080p is going to be the lowest end smartphone on the market.
 
+Mike L. There is no such thing as a retina Macbook Air: they only go up to ~130dpi, so your top comment is both useless and also a lie.
 
Jesus, people, what do you think 1080p means?
1080p is NOT A GREAT RESOLUTION FOR A LAPTOP.
Stop annoying Linus with such comments, lol.
 
Why did'nt make Pixel Qi standart to all displays?, it will economy more more energy (burns coal to power plants).
Почему бы не сделать Pixel Qi стандартом для всех производимых дисплеев? это сэкономило бы много энергии (сжигаемого угля на электростанциях) и денег потребителей.
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Dell XPS13 is just right for me. Good screen, SSD, nice keyboard and decent batt life
 
So, my guess is that touch + retina "done right" is the secret sauce here. I've been resisting touch for laptops (but of course love them on tablets and smartphones). Will have to rethink now...
 
Still staying with my old IBM T61 2048x1536 15" 4x3. Pixel will probably be the next, but seems that is is intentionally underpowered to make its usage as generic notebook problematic. Expecially that small SSD/no fast USB combo.
 
+Olav Alexander Mjelde so what? The Cloud should give me additional capabilities, not preventing me from using traditional ones. There is no real reason for 32Gb SSD or USB2.0 for $1K+ device in 2013, unless you are intentionally crippling it down.
 
+Olav Alexander Mjelde and, about "tf700 as a computer", I  tried using Android tablet as a computer and my main concern is that keyboard feels very "alien" to the whole operating system concept. Lack of proper cut&paste in many places and common inconsistency ruins the experience.
 
I have been using for 3 weeks now. Only thing that bugs me is the fan, it just kicks in to often. I have latest Ubuntu installed on a 32 gig SD card, which is handy for those full OS Moments. Though I started using pixir to do basic picture editing on chrome os which is fine. Pain for me with Ubuntu is I'm not knowledgable enough to get trackpad working and screen resolution correct. Don't care for touch screen as I don't use it. Can't wait to see or read a tutorial on how to get it working.
I will have this laptop 3 years now as am committed, I don't have any regrets though as love screen. Especially the ratio. Oh I now have all my stuff excess able through google drive, because and actually found it convenient.
 
1080p should be more than enough for anybody ;)
 
I hate you all people for thinking 1080p is such a big deal on a notebook. It's not.
You don't know what you're talking about. At all.
Better resolution is better, and some people DO appreciate it.
 
+Linus Torvalds what about touchpad? The screen is crucial I agree (it can ruin) but touchpad difference is massive too. Do you like Linux touchpad "feel" vs Mac?
 
+Jim Basilio I am not +Linus Torvalds of course, but to answer your question, the trackpad is quite nice. It's a clickpad, so when you make the correct settings in linux it's possible to have 2-finger scrolling, 1, 2, and 3-finger taps, but eliminate tap-to-click (or use it if you like). I was skeptical about the lack of separate buttons (like on the mac), but it's working out OK.
 
Have all the bugs been ironed out using Debian?
 
+Mike Sackett Just about. I still can't control the keyboard backlight, and it seems the volume must still be controlled using the PCM (not master) mixer.
 
Awesome news, does the backlight respond to ambient light like in Chrome?  Or does it just randomly do it's thing?  Truly awesome how you guys have gotten Linux support up for the Pixel so fast.
 
I wanted a pixel until I saw the specs... Screen looks amazing, but not for the price. 
 
+Pete Austin that is a short sighted way of looking at it.  The IBM PC was basically the nicest (barely) consumer-grade computer that you could buy at the time.  -Wages have actually been stagnant for the past few years.  -The price point for a standard 'new' PC or laptop is about 1/3 of that $1565 despite inflation due to manufacturing/economy of scale/better tech.
 
An abstract question (and I apologize if it has already been asked...there are over 1K comments already). Does the more controversial bits of Gnome 3...if you are using it and not xfce for F18... (meaning the flow, menus, minimalistic nature) actually work with the touchscreen? Basically, does it appear that the compromises made for touch in Gnome 3 actually work (well) in a touch laptop?
 
I have xfce and yes touch works with the interface well
 
Yes, hopefully high res screens will be the future - but we need a bit of a revamp of text, don't we?  If I ran xfce on the pixel, I don't think I'd be easily able to read the text, and I have pretty good vision.
 
Hopefully desktop environments and programs will learn to differentiate between pixels per inch and the desired physical font size on the screen. 
 
I run xfce and text is great on the Pixel, though I have to use slightly larger fonts, it is funny to see how poorly browsers render pages with the Pixels screen res, I am usually at 200% zoom when everything looks right. But I can never go back to a lower res, the screen is spectacular, almost blinding at full brightness, in a good way... 
 
+Mike Sackett I just use manual backlight control (plus CPUfreq to auto-dim on battery, etc). I prefer it that way. Don't know if it's possible to use the sensor, I haven't tried.
 
It is surprising Google did not try to push down the weight and size to make it more MBA like, specially considering price the tag and hardware. On a different note: will apple release a new MBA with the latest chipset and retina display?    
 
+Brock Tice  That sounds better than the ambient light that is used by default.  Thinking it is about time to pull the trigger on the Debian full install. 
 
will the final products have usb3 by any chance ? because.. usb2.. hum let's just say.. i'm not going back to it :)
 
Screens, screens, screeens... yeah, screens!

I think the trend of high DPI displays has started, finally. Full HD (1920x1080) is pretty common nowadays on 13" ultrabooks.
 
I dont think I could go back to even 1920x1080 after being spoiled by my Pixels 2560 x 1700 12.85" display.  Truly remarkable!
 
The problem with widespread adoption if high res is simple: windows doesn't deal with it very well. Even windows 8. Perhaps especially windows 8. Linux does, and OSX does as long as the ratio is 2 and not 1.5, but approximately nobody except Google is making Linux hardware and only Apple makes OS X hardware. If you want affordable high res screens for Linux boxes, hope MS starts supporting them.
 
MS has only come out with 1920 X 1080, perhaps vendors will listen if they see their sales drop in favor of higher res Macs and Pixels?  
 
+Brock Tice I think the 'go 2x and hide that from old apps' approach of OS X has a lot if merits and it might be nice if a distro were to implement that.
 
Please keep the updates coming!
 
+Linus Torvalds I just thought of a question about the pixel.

Do you have problems with screen burn in? Did it happen on your Air?

Also, did +Google keep to their tradition and send you a pair of +Project Glass ?
 
Wanted to chime in, Linus, to say that your posts convinced me that I could get a real distro to work on a Chromebook Pixel, so I pulled the trigger and I'm glad I did. I too am running Fedora 18 with the latest git kernel (3.9.0-rc8+) and aside from suspend usually not working as you mentioned before, I am enjoying the experience. Text scaling (gnome-tweak-tool) of 2.0 made my life much easier with gnome3, otherwise it's like staring into a screen that's ten feet away.
 
Don't you miss all the keys that aren't there?
 
What separates the men from the boys is the cost of their toys.  Most people I know, (engineers, lawyers, accountants) will not shell out that kind of money for a hooo-hummm computer. The 1080p resolution (16x9) ratio is just fine enough, thank you
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