chromebook pixel (Photo credit: Frances Berriman)
Is Chromebook Pixel real or just a concept? It seems that arstechnica reported that Chromebook Pixel is indeed a real product. According to arstechnica’s “Google’s new touchscreen Chromebook Pixel: a $1,299 laptop for cloud dwellers” article, Google had just announced the existence of Chromebook Pixel. If Chromebook Pixel is real, so? The buzz about Chromebook Pixel is that it’s an exotic animal. By this I mean it’s basically a machine which mainly focuses on staying connect to the Internet only, but it’s a very gorgeous only online machine (if we discount that it does have some offline features). I’m sure it got some offline features, but it is designed to be working with the cloud. It’s no surprised really since Chromebook Pixel is a more expensive version of other Google’s Chromebook products. So, Chromebook Pixel is more of a beast among Chromebook products, but its core functionality is still all about cloud functionalities. Simply really, Chromebook Pixel is just a lot more gorgeous in terms of screen resolution and other whistles and bells.
arstechnica reported that Chromebook Pixel has screen resolution of 2560×1700 with 239 pixel per inch, 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB flash storage for Wi-Fi model and 64GB flash storage for LTE model. By purchasing Chromebook Pixel, a customer will get 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for free for 3 years. Cloud storage? If you never heard of cloud but know of Dropbox, then Google Drive is somewhat similar to Dropbox. 1TB of Dropbox would be nice eh? So, if you like Dropbox that much, then I guess 1TB of Google Drive is definitely one of those temptations that is hard to refuse.
It seems that the screen resolution for Chromebook Pixel is the main focus, because 2560×1700 is a lot. It’s a beast! I’m not a fan of i5 processor, therefore in term of processor Chromebook Pixel is a let down for me. 4 GB of RAM only? In my opinion, 4GB of RAM for any machine from today onward isn’t enough (but you might think otherwise and I don’t mind). Since Chromebook Pixel is an always online machine, 32 or 64 GB of flash storage does make sense until it doesn’t. How come? In my opinion, the 2560×1700 screen is a waste on Chromebook Pixel. I’m reasoning that whoever wants to work with such beautiful/exotic screen resolution might need to store humongous sizes of visual data (e.g., videos, photos, etc…), but what Chromebook Pixel doesn’t carry — Chromebook doesn’t support USB 3.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi speed — will hamper the productivity of whoever wants to use Chromebook Pixel in a more hardcore manner.
Now, if Chromebook Pixel supports USB 3.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, even though Chromebook Pixel doesn’t have huge local drive storage space, I will definitely want a Chromebook Pixel for myself, even with the current might be Chromebook Pixel’s price range $1200 – $1400. How come? Let pretend that I’m a real photographer (because I’m only an aspiring one), I definitely have tons of photos and videos to store, to make backups of, and the likes. With USB 3.0 support, I can use USB 3.0 capability to speedily transfer my videos and photos back and forth between the external hard drives and Chromebook Pixel, because making data backups is so important to people like the photographers. Let say I’m a paranoid data integrity and data redundancy freak, and so if Chromebook Pixel supports 802.11ac standard, I can definitely speed up my backup of data to the cloud.
You see, I think Chromebook Pixel lacks some really important features even though it is obviously designed to be an online only machine. I think Chromebook Pixel should not emphasize an online only machine to the point that alienates the good features that it supposes to carry for offline needs. Instead of carrying USB 3.0, Chromebook Pixel carries USB 2.0. We know USB 3.0 is the way forward, but people are also comparing USB 3.0 against Thunderbolt too. This is why it’s so weird for me to see Chromebook Pixel carries only USB 2.0. Perhaps, not carrying any USB support at all might make more sense than not carrying USB 3.0? Also, faster Wi-Fi is always a must have feature. We know that we have the faster Wi-Fi capability through 802.11ac standard/capability, but Chromebook Pixel decides to not support 802.11ac?
Besides the lack of various important features I mentioned, Chromebook Pixel does look like a very nice toy. From what I’ve seen of it, it looks nice! The screen, the body, and the shape of Chromebook Pixel speaks to me in a very positive manner. Simply put, I love the overall look of Chromebook Pixel. Unfortunately, it reminds me of Macbook products. Fortunately, I think it might look even better than Macbook Pro, but I’m not sure unless I can see and touch it (only see a video of it). Oh yeah, if you think I’m a Mac fanatic, then you don’t know me at all. Obviously, that should be the case since you don’t know me at all in real life. Nonetheless, let me reveal to you something about me, I’m also a Windows 8 and Linux fanatical sort of person. If I know another good sort of OS-brand-hardware type out there, I might as well be a fanatic for such too…
Before I end this post, let me say that you can also reach out and touch that beautiful Chromebook Pixel’s screen. How come? It’s a touchscreen yo! Check out the Chromebook Pixel in the video right after the break. Enjoy!!!