Cambodia: Google's first high-end laptop, the Chromebook Pixel, is an impressive machine. It feels light and comfortable in my hands and on my lap. Its high-resolution display makes photos look sharp and video come to life. From a hardware standpoint, it's everything I'd want a laptop to be.
But the Pixel isn't very practical - at least not yet - for most people. It works well when you have a steady Internet connection, but can't do much once you lose that connection. And because it uses Google's own operating system, it doesn't run enough software yet to replace your other machines.
I brought the Pixel along for a nearly three-week trip to Thailand and Cambodia, where I knew I wouldn't have the type of round-the-clock access I'm used to in the US I was surprised by how much I could do, but quickly got frustrated when I couldn't do more.
Such frustration doesn't come cheap. Prices for the Pixel start at $1,299, just $200 less than a MacBook with a comparable screen and the ability to do much more offline. A higher-end Pixel with cellular access costs $150 more than the basic model and is scheduled to start shipping Monday....more
10:02 AM, Apr 04, 2013
Google has come out with a high-end laptop running its Chrome OS operating system. The Chromebook Pixel has a high-resolution screen comparable to Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina display. Here's how the two laptops stack up: Price: The basic, Wi-Fi model of the Chromebook Pixel costs $1,299. One that can also access the LTE cellular network goes for $1,449. The comparable, 13-inch MacBook Pro with high-resolution display starts at $1,499....
09:48 AM, Apr 04, 2013