Being a fan of Chromebooks, I have to admit that I am seriously fascinated by the recently announced Chromebook Pixel. It is Google’s new laptop based on its Chrome OS. In many ways, it physically resembles Apple’s MacBook Pros in an a sleek aluminum body. Even the hardware specs of the Chromebook Pixel are pretty impressive when compared to other recent Chromebooks from Samsung, Acer, HP and Lenovo:
- CPU: Intel Core i5, Dual-Core 1.8 GHz with Intel HD Graphics 4000
- Display: 12.85-inch Gorilla Glass multi-touch screen, 2560 x 1700
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 RAM
- Storage: 32GB Solid State Drive (64GB Verizon LTE model)
- Ports: 2 x USB 2.0; mini display port; 2-in-1 SD/MMC card reader; audio
- Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 3.0
- Battery: Up to 5 hours of active use
However, these impressive specs come at a price. $1,299 to be exact ($1,449 for the LTE model). That is what stops me from pulling the trigger and ordering one. That and the fact that I would have to get spousal approval as well. $1,299 is a premium price to pay when you can purchase other Chrome OS laptops starting at $199.
Google is taking a big risk with this high-priced Chromebook. Whether it sells or not is unknown, but everyone is talking about Chromebooks now. That by itself is a big win for Google right now and the little OS that could.