Google recently unveiled their 13-inch touchscreen Chromebook Pixel, which looks distinctly similar to Apple's MacBook Pro as well as the exciting new Windows 8 Surface Pro. However, in contrast to rivals Apple and Microsoft, the Chromebook Pixel comes with a cloud-focused version of Linux, which runs Google’s Chrome browser.
Linus Upson, Vice President of Google’s Engineering, described the Pixel in a recent blog: *The Pixel is packed with 4.3 million pixels, calculating at 239 pixels per inch, 12 more than Apple’s MacBook Pro. The display boasts vivid colours, sharp text and extra-wide viewing angles. With a display this radiant and exquisite, it’s only natural that you want to reach out and immerse yourself in its beauty. This is where the touch screen technology comes in, allowing you to organise tabs, swipe through apps, and edit your photos all with the tip of your finger.
The Pixel is based on the Chrome OS, and similarly with the OS boots up in seconds and never slows down. It also requires no previous setup or maintenance, and comes with a built-in virus protection, and automatic updates every few weeks.
The Pixel is the first laptop that Google takes all the design credit for, not surprisingly with a touchpad made from etched glass, honed using a laser microscope, adding to the laptop’s slick body made from an anodized aluminium alloy, which produces a smooth and durable surface.
The Pixel includes an Intel i5 processor running at 1.8 GHz, with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. It also comes with 4GB of RAM and either 32Gb (Wi-Fi model) or 64Gb (LTE model) of solid storage space, a backlit full-size keyboard, as well as a 720p HD camera.
All this being said, do these features justify a £1,049 price tag? In my opinion you will not find a better spec laptop for the money, and it is ideal for high end business users who ‘live in the cloud’ as it comes with one terabyte of Google drive cloud storage.
However, for those who have not yet taken to the cloud and still need the comfort of Word, the MacBook Pro may be more appropriate.
That said, if your requirement is not purely business-orientated we would recommend the Samsung ARM Chromebook, which at around £200, has the same operating system as the Pixel but without the more fancy add-ons.