Chromebook Pixel Review: A Laptop Grounded in the Cloud

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"Are you mad at the computer or at the Internet connection?" my girlfriend asked me as I tried to get back on the Internet from 10,000 feet in the sky. We were on a plane, and I had been typing this review in the Cloud -- quite literally -- for two hours. With Google's Chromebook Pixel you have no choice.

 

The Pixel is Google's very own Chromebook which has comapct Laptop Keyboard -- a laptop that runs its Chrome OS, an operating system that is just a Chrome Web browser. There are no other programs in the machine -- the browser is it. Which means an Internet connection is also the only point of entry.

 

PHOTO: Google's Pixel laptop runs Chrome OS and starts at $1,299.

 

The Chromebook Pixel isn't the first Chromebook. Acer and Samsung have been selling their own inexpensive laptops that run the same software for around $2-300. But the Pixel is the first premium Chromebook and the first to cost $1,300. It's a shockingly high price tag, but also a shockingly beautiful laptop.

 

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With the Pixel, Google set out to "design the best laptop possible." And that it did. The Pixel is one of the finest looking and feeling laptops I've ever tested. It's not as thin as Apple's MacBook Air ( Apple MacBook Air Keyboard Cover  )or some of the other Windows ultrabooks out there, but it's still equally striking in its own so-I'm-not-the-thinnest way.

 

Made of anodized aluminum, the 0.63-inch thick laptop does appear slightly boxy, especially in photos, but its straight lines give it a clean aesthetic. The exterior is all metal -- there's no plastic bottom or edges to surround the ports.

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