Chromebook Pixel Review: A Beautifully Made Laptop, But Worth the Price?

by Jon Rettinger | March 4, 2013

Google’s Chromebook series of laptops are largely companion devices, what you use in addition to a computer you already have. For your money users got a vessel running Chrome OS, which provided every Google Web service imaginable. But outside of that, functionality is pretty limited compared to traditional laptops.

While the Chromebook Pixel doesn’t bring any new innovations on the software front—Google didn’t announce any Chrome OS changes—many notable hardware upgrades have been introduced, most notably the screen. The guts, too, are noteworthy as well.

Equipped with a 12.85-inch (3:2 aspect ratio) display, the screen itself packs 4.3 million pixels with a 2560 x 1700 resolution (239 ppi). Further digging into the inside, the $1,299 Pixel includes a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB DDR3RAM, up to 5 hours of battery, Bluetooth 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, mini display port and a 2-in-1 card reader (SD and MMC).

It certainly isn’t short on specs, but whether consumers are willing to shell out $1,299 for a limited OS is another matter. Really, this might very well be aimed squarely at the developer crowd. Check out the video for a full hands-on, and stay tuned for more Pixel coverage.


Jon Rettinger

Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...