Chromebook Pixel http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/418/0 en-GB Google Chromebook Pixel first look video review http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-pixel/google-chromebook-pixel-first-look-video-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google has unveiled its high-end touchscreen Chromebook, compete with a gloriously high-resolution multitouch display – but is it worth the £1049 price tag? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="317" height="232" title="Google Chromebook Pixel" alt="Google Chromebook Pixel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Google-Chromebook-Pixel_0.png?1371555530" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2185283523001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2185283523001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-pixel/google-chromebook-pixel-first-look-video-review/video#comments Chromebook Pixel Google Laptops Sun, 24 Feb 2013 03:17:21 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1423688 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Chromebook Pixel http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromebook-pixel/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can Google&#039;s absurdly expensive (yet utterly beautiful) ChromeBook warrant destroying your bank account? We find out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-screen_0.jpg?1368722329" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,049.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extra slick design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Syncs with everything Google </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Highest resolution screen available </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Limited Google OS </div> <div class="field-item even"> No pinch-to-zoom on touch screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Hefty price tag </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Quite possibly the biggest surprise of 2013 thus far, Google’s Chromebook Pixel has appeared out of nowhere – and we’ve already got one. It takes the Chrome operating system that we last looked at on the <a href="/review/samsung-chromebook-series-3">Samsung Chromebook</a> late last year and couples it with a more pixel-packed screen than a <a href="/review/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display">Retina MacBook Pro</a> and the design philosophy of the <a href="/review/apple-macbook-air-13in-2012">MacBook Air</a>. So is this the perfect combination of pixels and portability, and is the nascent <a href="/review/google-chrome-os">Chrome OS</a> suited to such a high-end device?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2185283523001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2185283523001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixel-review-hands-on-overview.jpg?1368722329" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/review/samsung-chromebook-series-3">Samsung’s most recent Chromebook</a> looked and felt like something you’d give to a child, but the Pixel is a very different and far more grown-up machine. You’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s carved from a single block of aluminium: there are no visible screws or vents, and very few join lines. The speakers are tucked away behind the keyboard, and a light strip on the back lets you know if it’s on and niftily displays the Google rainbow as it’s powering down. It’s an industrious piece of design, and the gunmetal finish makes it look more like a piece of military hardware than something you’d use to edit spreadsheets, and we rather like that.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-top-closed_0.jpg?1368722329" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> usability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with other Chromebooks, the keyboard layout takes a little getting used to. There’s no equivalent to the Mac Command or Windows keys, instead you’ll just find extra-long ctrl and alt buttons. Gone too is the Caps Lock button, replaced with a dedicated search key, but pressing alt and search shifts everything into capitals. The chiclet keys sit just on the right side of clacketyness; they’re positive and don’t feel like Lego bricks in a tray of treacle, unlike some rivals.</p> <p>The trackpad is of the clickable-all-over variety, but despite being made of etched glass we can’t say it’s noticeably more tactile than a conventional plastic one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-keys.jpg?1368722329" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-trackpad.jpg?1368722329" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The screen is where the appropriately named Pixel packs its punches. It squeezes a whopping 4,352,000 pixels into a 12.85-inch display at a 2560 x 1700 resolution. That, maths-fans, gives it a density of 239 pixels per inch. It’s basically like the screen’s made from high-end smartphones, and it’s a higher density than <a href="/review/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display">Apple’s Macbook Pro Retina</a> screens, which max out at 227 pixels per inch. The result is a screen that is incredibly sharp, with absolutely no aliasing. The colours make even the most lowly cameraphone pics look gorgeous, and it can be viewed from just about any angle. Google has included Tom Lowe’s 4K timelapse film Timescapes to brandish the screen, and it’s utterly astonishing - watching people’s jaws drop as they see these living photographs is almost worth the price of the device alone. Almost.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google---Chromebook---MainNew.jpg?1368722329" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> touch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Windows 8 has proved that touchscreens can have a place on laptops, and Google includes one with the pixel. The screen is Gorilla Glass-coated, so it’s robust and tactile at the same time, and despite being highly reflective the display’s sheer brightness means you can happily see everything in direct sunlight. But it doesn’t feel like the software has been built with touchscreens in mind. While the app icons at the bottom of the screen are poke-friendly, the Chrome browser and file manager are fiddlier propositions that require a more intricate level of touch interaction than our chubby digits are capable of. Unforgivably, you can’t pinch-to-zoom, which has become second nature for touchscreen devotees.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> versus Macbook Air </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Chromebook Pixel’s closest competitor is <a href="/review/apple-macbook-air-13in-2012" target="_self">Apple’s 13in Macbook Air</a>. It packs similar components: both feature Intel Core i5 processors, 4GB RAM and Intel’s HD 4000 integrated graphics chips. Screen sizes are similar too, although the Air’s is ever so slightly bigger. The Pixel lacks the <a href="/review/apple-macbook-air-13in-2012">Air’s </a>tapered approach to design, and it’s about 500g heavier. Where it really matters is in the operating system: while the <a href="/review/apple-macbook-air-13in-2012">Air</a> runs <a href="/review/apple-os-x-mountain-lion">OS X Mountain Lion</a>, which is capable of running almost all Apple-compatible software, the Pixel runs the Chrome OS, which doesn’t really do anything other than Google apps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-sd-card.jpg?1368722329" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> operating system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The stripped-back nature of the Chrome OS was acceptable on <a href="/review/samsung-chromebook-series-3">Samsung’s sub-£250 Chromebook</a>, but on the £1,000-plus Pixel it’s a massive issue. All those apps you know and love are missing: there’s no Spotify, no Steam, and no Photoshop, for example. The Chrome Web Store - where Google expects you to pick up equivalents - still looks like it’s been put together by a five-year-old, with ropey flash games taking pride of place. It seems truly bizarre given the great strides Google’s own Android operating system has made in bringing great apps to portable devices, that it’s not seen fit to do the same with its computer OS before launching such an expensive, flagship device.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-hinge.jpg?1368722329" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The standard Chromebook Pixel’s SSD contains just 32GB of storage, but this is upped to 64GB in the LTE version. That’s still low compared to the average laptop of course, but that’s sort of the point of Chromebooks - you keep everything in the cloud, and go online to do just about everything. Reinforcing this is Google’s inclusion of a whole terabyte of Drive storage - but only for three years. Thanks to its cloud-based nature and the limits on the kinds of programs and apps that are available to the Pixel you may well find that 32GB is plenty, but if the Chrome OS becomes a more fully-fledged offline operating system this could become a bigger issue.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-media.jpg?1368722329" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> portability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With its 3:2 aspect ratio the Pixel eschews the trend for ultra-wide laptops, and as a result it delivers a lot of screen real estate without being unmanageably large. At 1.5kg it’s not back-breaking, and thanks to its build quality we felt happy shoving it into a rucksack au naturel. Google Drive and Gmail apps are setup to run offline out of the box, so you can work on all-important documents and emails when you’re away from an internet connection, and any changes automatically sync to the cloud the next time you connect. A surprising number of Chrome apps work offline, too, including the utterly indispensable Angry Birds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-ports.jpg?1368722329" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> media </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pixel’s wonderful screen is just crying out for high-definition media files to demonstrate its true glory. While our test film was rendered smoothly and in eye-popping clarity, some of the sound channels were missing in the stereo downmix, so we couldn’t hear certain pieces of dialogue. In a program such as VLC it would simply be a question of changing the audio channel settings, but there are literally no options in the Pixel’s included video player. The speakers are amazing, though; they don’t break up at higher volumes and remain crisp and defined when turned down.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In keeping with the Pixel’s minimalist design, there are very few ports included. To the left you’ll find a pair of USB 2.0 sockets, a MacBook-style Mini DisplayPort and a headphone/microphone combination 3.5mm socket. To the right there’s an SD/MMC card reader. Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n make up the invisible connections, and there’s an LTE version in the works for on-the-go mobile internet access. It’s certainly plenty to keep you going, although the lack of USB 3.0 seems an odd omission given the price of the Pixel.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF7286.JPG?1368722329" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power and battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For an ultra-portable laptop the Pixel has plenty of power, and for multi-tasking, web-browsing and video watching it operates without a stutter. It’s not going to power through the latest and greatest games, but given that none of those are available on the Chrome OS that’s not exactly an issue.</p> <p>Five hours is the most you’ll get from the Pixel’s inaccessible battery pack, which is fairly understandable given the sheer number of pixels it has to push around. It means that you can never wander too far from both a power socket, though. One neat little feature is that you can attach a plug directly to the power brick, which results in a far shorter lead.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google has absolutely nailed the Chromebook Pixel in terms of design, but the Chrome operating system still feels like it’s very much in development, and doesn’t stand a chance against Apple and Microsoft’s more established offerings. It’s far too expensive for what it is, and it’s hard to say whether it’s a step towards greater things on Google’s part or just a bit of corporate one-upmanship aimed squarely at <a href="/review/apple-macbook-air-13in-2012">Apple’s Macbook Air</a>. Fingers crossed it’s more of the former than the latter, because with a more developed OS bustling with apps the Chromebook Pixel could be a real killer.</p> <p>Review by <strong><a href="https://plus.google.com/113473257986227371676/posts">Henry Winchester&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Chrome OS might be acceptable on cheap netbooks, but it seriously limits this premium ultra-portable. That screen sure is lovely, though</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/google-chromebook-pixel </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromebook-pixel/review#comments Chromebook Pixel Geek accessories Google Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:38:04 +0000 Esat Dedezade 424311 at http://www.stuff.tv New video! Can Google's Chromebook Pixel take on the MacBook Pro with Retina display? http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-pixel/new-video-can-googles-chromebook-pixel-take-macbook-pro-retina-display/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google has unveiled its touchscreen Chromebook compete with a gloriously high-resolution display – but is it worth the lofty £1049 price tag? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2013-02-24-at-11.38.45.png?1364407192" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_5643.jpg?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/computers-and-consoles/hands-on/google-chromebook-pixel-review-hands-on">Google's Chromebook</a> has been given a high-end makeover with a Retina display-baiting multi-touch high-res screen. With enough pixels to match Apple's Retina Display the Pixel is nothing less than spectacular – but with a £1049 price tag, is it worth digging deep into your pockets for? Watch our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/google-chromebook-pixel-first-look-video-review">first look video review</a> and find out.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/stuff/new-video-can-googles-chromebook-pixel-take-on-the-macbook-pro-wit </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-pixel/new-video-can-googles-chromebook-pixel-take-macbook-pro-retina-display/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-pixel/new-video-can-googles-chromebook-pixel-take-macbook-pro-retina-display/news#comments Chromebook Pixel Google Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:54:11 +0000 Lucy Hedges 424293 at http://www.stuff.tv Google's new Chromebook Pixel bests MacBook Pro in the ppi war http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-pixel/googles-new-chromebook-pixel-bests-macbook-pro-ppi-war/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Big G has created a high-end cloud-based laptop with built-in 4G and a Retina-beating touchscreen. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-chromebook-pixel-press.jpg?1364407192" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_5648.jpg?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today, Google has released its answer to the Ultrabook: the Chromebok Pixel, a Core i5 touchscreen laptop with a touchscreen that beats the resolution of the latest iPad.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/news-nugget/googles-new-chromebook-pixel-bests-macbook-pro-in-the-ppi-wa </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-pixel/googles-new-chromebook-pixel-bests-macbook-pro-ppi-war/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-pixel/googles-new-chromebook-pixel-bests-macbook-pro-ppi-war/news#comments Chromebook Pixel Google Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:55:19 +0000 Esat Dedezade 424284 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Chromebook Pixel review - hands on http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-pixel/google-chromebook-pixel-review-hands/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ve wrapped our eager mitts (and eyeballs) around Google&#039;s latest pixel-packed Chromebook. Click on through for our first impressions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-preview-overview.jpg?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Chromebook Pixel - speed and power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pixel is, like previous Chromebooks, extremely fast to start up. You open the lid and you’re in business. There’s a very strong immediate impression of smoothness and speed, which comes from the Core i5 chip easily coping everything Chrome, the least demanding desktop OS, can throw at it. The only thing interfering with this incredibly slick experience is that Google has decided to play the Killers at its press event. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-preview.jpg?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_1062.png?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Chromebook Pixel - design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Build quality is really nice, on a par with the best Ultrabooks. The aluminium doesn’t have the nice cold feel of some, but the keyboard is really something. Both it and the trackpad are among the best we’ve used. Google has foregone labelling the ports with icons, because if you don’t know what an SD card slot looks like then a £1000-plus laptop is not for you. The high screen is lovely for flicking through the Web, but it does feel a little top-heavy. As we type this, it’s nodding slightly to the Snow Patrol track that Google is now subjecting us to. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-preview-hinge.jpg?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_0_876.png?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Chromebook Pixel - display </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Oh God. Snow Patrol finished for a minute there and we thought that was it, but now it’s Keane. They’re playing Keane. Still, the Pixel’s astonishing screen does much to distract us. Take your pic of the specs - 2650 x 1700, 239PPI, 4.3 megapixels, 400nits - this is one absolute corker of a display. 1080p movies will play with black bars, of course, but still on more pixels than other laptops. </p><p>More screen-flicking and the display doesn’t seem to be picking up any grease or sweat, which is impressive, because our hands are now sweating heavily with the kind of sad, acrid sweat one’s hands produce when you’re made to listen to Take That’s And The World Comes Alive at high volume. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-preview-overview.jpg?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_1_775.png?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Chromebook Pixel - keyboard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After about half an hour of constant use, the Pixel does start to get a little warm on the lap. It does have a fan for its i5 chip, but it is definitely (and unsurpisingly) hotter than the ARM-based Samsung. Have we mentioned how nice the keyboard is? If you spend your life on Google Docs, this is going to be a seriously tempting proposition.&nbsp; </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-preview-keyboard.jpg?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_2_666.png?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Chromebook Pixel - weight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It’s light, too - we didn’t bring our scales, but it’s certainly a lot lighter than the Ultrabook we brought with us. If the battery does last the rated five hours with a display this sharp and bright (and given that it’s an open test, we expect it to), then we’ll be even more impressed. But Google has just played Kings of Leon track followed by Coldplay, so we’re going to leave before our inner ears crawl out of our heads and attack us in a show of violent retribution. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixel-hands-on-preview-closed.jpg?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_3_372.png?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Chromebook Pixel - first impressions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In conclusion, then: Google has made a very beautiful laptop that we find extremely impressive on first go. But it has worse taste in music than Microsoft. And that is really saying something. </p><p><strong>You might also like</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/stuff-office-cat/stuff/stuff-office-cats-diary-%E2%80%93-210213"></p><p>Stuff Office Cat's Diary – 21/02/13</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/life-etc/5-of-the-best/5-super-powered-running-trainers"></p><p>5 super powered running trainers</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/computers-and-consoles/news-nugget/the-ps4-will-play-second-hand-games"></p><p>The PS4 will play second hand games</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-chromebook-pixwl-hands-on-preview-side.jpg?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-twitter-banner_855.jpg?1364407192" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/hands-on/google-chromebook-pixel-review-hands-on </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-pixel/google-chromebook-pixel-review-hands/news#comments Chromebook Pixel Google Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:38:21 +0000 Esat Dedezade 424282 at http://www.stuff.tv