Google announced its high-end and high-priced Chromebook Pixel today. They're not gunning for the mainstream market, which is good, because the mainstream market won't be interested in a combination of its $1299 price and Chrome OS limitations like no iTunes. Most interesting to me is the phenomenal screen -- Retina-grade resolution, great color and brightness, and multitouch too boot. The $1499 model comes with Verizon LTE 4G networking but only in the USA. Here's my hands-on: http://www.cnet.com/google-chromebook-pixel/
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- Having used a MacBook Pro with a Retina display for several months, I hate going to any other screen. It's fantastic for photo editing (except that pixel-peeping operations like sharpening, noise reduction, and focus check actually are harder, because by definition the pixels are indistinguishable). But honestly, that's only a small part of what I do. I really appreciate the HiDPI lifestyle with text, text, text, and I spend hours a day staring at text. Also, graphics on HiDPI sites like Google Maps, Tumblr, and Facebook look much better.
In other words, high-resolution displays are well worth paying for IMO even if you're just consuming content.
That said, I think the Chromebook Pixel is chiefly suited for the high end of the market of Chromebook converts. In that sense it doesn't directly compete against a traditional PC. I agree the pricing isn't going to work for the vast majority of computer buyers (the $249 Samsung Chromebook is vastly more compelling there -- it's cheap enough that it's justifiable as a second machine). But within the Chromebook segment, it's really fricking sweet.Feb 22, 2013
- Also, here's the hands-on report I wrote after putting it through its paces a bit: http://www.cnet.com/google-chromebook-pixel/Feb 22, 2013
- I think you are the target market for this product right now, and it makes sense. At a price point between $800 and $1000 I bet they'd get you.Feb 22, 2013
- For $800 I'd seriously consider it, if I needed a second computer. I use Chromebooks for hours a day often, and the approach works for me as long as I also have a traditional computer for Skype, iTunes, Spotify, Photoshop, Lightroom, and some other stuff. For $1300, I doubt I'd pull the trigger even with the great screen. That's a new lens on my camera...Feb 22, 2013
- I just use webbased Spotify. Works like a charm.Feb 22, 2013
- Oh, thanks, I obviously need to try that. There hasn't been much point with crappy Chromebook speakers so far, but they're reasonably good on the Pixel.Feb 22, 2013