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Google Chromebook Pixel 2 Core 2.4GHz 16GB Ssd 12.85" Laptop

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2 2.4GHz 16GB SSD Jul 2013
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Highlights - The fastest Chromebook ever thanks to the latest Intel Core i7 processing - Ultra-HD display delivers crisp, bright and highly detailed visuals - New USB-C ports make connecting... More
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25 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

This Chromebook received a "Recommended" from Itpro.co.uk who thought that this notebook PC was good.

Hothardware.com gave this portable PC an "Approved" award and it received a "Mashable Choice" award from Mashable.com.

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this portable PC is 70% based on fourty-nine expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Expert Reviews, Techradar and T3.com.

Robust

Seventeen Google Chromebook Pixel owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was well made. Four years ago Ubergizmo.com said in their Google Chromebook Pixel review “It is a solid product”. Computerworld.com said in their review of this laptop “Incredible build quality”. Computerworld.com also said “Solid build, amazing screen, very fast”.

Two Google Chromebook Pixel reviewers who reviewed it said that it was strong and durable. Three years ago Computerworld.com wrote “Portable and sturdy”.

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Nice Design

Nineteen Google Chromebook Pixel reviewers who bought the Google Chromebook Pixel reckoned that it was good looking. Expert website Laptopmag.com mentioned in their review of this laptop “The Chromebook Pixel boasts a gorgeous industrial design and superior display.” but they gave the product a rating of 50 out of 100. Wired.com wrote “Beautiful, in a clean-cut minimalist way”. Wired.com also mentioned “Gorgeous screen, with a wonderfully different aspect ratio”.

A few Google Chromebook Pixel owners said in their reviews that the product was a good design. Cnet.com wrote in their review of the Google Chromebook Pixel on expert review site CNET.com “Despite impressive hardware specs and solid industrial design” however despite that they scored the Google Chromebook Pixel 3 stars. Knowyourmobile.com said “Excellent Design” and scored it 5 stars. Expert website Siliconrepublic.com mentioned in their review of this laptop “The very clean design of the Chromebook is impressive”.

A number of Google Chromebook Pixel reviewers who purchased it thought it was luxurious. Techradar.com wrote in their review on expert review site Techradar “It was expensive and luxurious, thanks to its all aluminum body”. Computerworld.com said in their review “Luxurious and sturdy design” . Expert review site Howtospendit.ft.com mentioned in their Google Chromebook Pixel review two years ago “Even with no significant data resident on it, still worthy of a thief's attention? The first deluxe Chromebook” .

One Google Chromebook Pixel reviewer who bought this laptop concluded that it was smooth. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert website Expert Reviews “Its smooth, grey” in their review.

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Good Product Quality

A few customers who reviewed this laptop mentioned that it was good quality. Expert review site Techworld.com mentioned in their review of the Google Chromebook Pixel “It has a beautiful display and amazing build quality.”. Four years ago expert review site V3.co.uk wrote in their Google Chromebook Pixel review “Feels like a high quality device”. Engadget.com wrote “Away the nicest Chromebook on the market and rivals the best for build quality.”.

Easy to Use

Some people wrote in their reviews that this laptop was easy to use. Computershopper.com wrote “It's a pleasure to use.”. Computerworld.com wrote in their review “Chrome OS is easy to use with a low learning curve”. Computerworld.com also said “Trackpad are a pleasure to use”.

A few Google Chromebook Pixel owners wrote in their reviews that the Google Chromebook Pixel had a good experience. Four years ago expert review site Hothardware.com said “Google's careful selection of high-end components ensure a fast and fluid experience throughout, regardless of whether you're watching hi”. Expert review site Computerworld.com said in their review of this laptop “Made us realize how good of an experience Chrome OS could provid”.

Some customers who reviewed it considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk rated it 4 stars and mentioned “Weight has remained the same at a shoulder-friendly 1.5kg, making it comfortable enough to carry around” in their Google Chromebook Pixel review. Anandtech.com said in their review “Touchpad are comfortable to use”.

One Google Chromebook Pixel reviewer said in their reviews that it was easy to assemble. Gizmodo.com mentioned four years ago “Google set out to build "the best laptop possible." The result”.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One customer thought the Google Chromebook Pixel was noisy. Computerworld.com mentioned three years ago “Very loud and clear speakers”. One Google Chromebook Pixel owner who reviewed the product wrote that it was quiet. Computerworld.com wrote “Runs cool and quiet”.

Good Battery Life

A number of people who reviewed the product considered that it had a good battery life. Expert website Wired.com wrote in their review of the Google Chromebook Pixel “Weirdly good battery life”. Expert website Wired.co.uk wrote in their Google Chromebook Pixel review “It's fast, with great battery life and a terrific screen”. Computerworld.com mentioned in their review “Rather heavy, expensive, not everyone will like the 3 2 aspect ratio display, battery life could be better, lack of support for core business apps”.

Good Support

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Google Chromebook Pixel had good technical guidance. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ said “Buying Guide 25 best laptops in the world The Google Chromebook Pixel is a £1,049/US$1,299 (around AU$1,264) laptop that enables you to run a web browser”.

Large Storage Capacity

A number of Google Chromebook Pixel reviewers concluded that it had good storage. Computerworld.com wrote in their review three years ago “1TB of Google Drive storage free for three years” . Computerworld.com also said “1TB of free cloud storage for 3 years”. Computerworld.com also mentioned “It also includes three years of free 1TB cloud storage”.

Good Connectivity

Several Google Chromebook Pixel reviewers who bought it thought it was able to connect to the internet. Three years ago Computerworld.com said “12 free Gogo Internet passes” in their review of this laptop. Expert website Gadgets.ndtv.com wrote “It works well when you have a steady Internet connection.” in their review of this laptop.

Good Technical Features

One customer who reviewed the product thought it had good features. Expert review site Liliputing.com wrote “It’s the fastest, features the best build quality, has a better display than you’re likely to find on vir”.

Good Size

Two customers reckoned that it was good structurally. Three years ago Computerworld.com said in their review of the Google Chromebook Pixel “Beautiful construction, pleasurable track pad”. Computerworld.com also mentioned “Chrome OS enthusiasts are always clamoring for high-quality hardware -- cloud-centric laptops with solid construction, snappy performance”.

One Google Chromebook Pixel owner said in their reviews that this laptop was thin. Notebookcheck.net mentioned “It's thin without being fragile, rigid without bei” in their review of the Google Chromebook Pixel and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was compact. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert website Expert Reviews “The Pixel is still reasonably svelte”. One customer reckoned that the Google Chromebook Pixel was lightweight.

One Google Chromebook Pixel owner who purchased the Google Chromebook Pixel considered that it was a good body shape. Computerworld.com mentioned in their review of the Google Chromebook Pixel “Solid body and keyboard”.

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Very Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of Chromebooks that were launched more than two years ago is 3.2GB. With an internal memory of 16 gigabytes, the Chromebook Pixel has a very big internal memory compared to most of the other laptops that are a comparable age to the Chromebook Pixel.

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Very Fast Processor Frequency

The processor frequencys of notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Chromebook Pixel range from 1.1GHz to 2.4GHz, and the average processor frequency is 1.8GHz. When compared to other laptops of a comparable age and type to the Chromebook Pixel that we have assessed the processor frequency of, the Chromebook Pixel's processor frequency of 2.4 gigahertz is one of the fastest.

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Fairly Long Battery Life (max)

At 12 hours, the Chromebook Pixel has a quite long battery life (max) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Chromebook Pixel. Chromebooks that were released around the same time as the Chromebook Pixel have battery life (max)s of between 3.5h and 4,000h, and the average battery life (max) is 87h.

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Three Point Five Headphone Outputss

The Chromebook Pixel has more headphone outputss than most of the notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the Chromebook Pixel. This notebook PC is a three point five headphone outputs notebook PC compared to most of the Chromebooks that were released more than two years ago which only have between one and three headphone outputss.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Chromebook Pixel has a touchscreen. Most of the other laptops of this type and age do not have a touchscreen.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Chromebook Pixel has a better storage medium than most similar spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as it. This laptop has an SSD storage medium, whereas most portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it have an HDD storage medium.

An SSD storage medium is actually the best storage medium amongst all portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the Chromebook Pixel.

The worst storage medium amongst similar types of portable PC is HDD.

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Very Big Internal Memory

When compared to other Chromebooks that were launched more than two years ago, the Google Chromebook Pixel's internal memory of 16,000 megabytes is one of the biggest. The average internal memory of Chromebooks that were launched around the same time as the Chromebook Pixel is 6GB.

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Two ESATA/USB 3.0 Ports Quantitys

The Chromebook Pixel has more eSATA/USB 3.0 ports quantitys than most of the portable PCs of this age and spec. This Google portable PC is a two eSATA/USB 3.0 ports quantity notebook PC compared to most of the Chromebooks that were released more than two years ago which only have one eSATA/USB 3.0 ports quantity.

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Very Big Processor Cache

With a processor cache of 4 megabytes, the Google Chromebook Pixel has one of the biggest processor caches amongst similar spec laptops of this age. The smallest processor cache of portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the Chromebook Pixel is 1MB and the biggest is 4MB.

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4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 bluetooth version, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it.

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Very Fast Processor Clock Speed

At 2,400 megahertz, the Chromebook Pixel has a very fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type. The average processor clock speed of portable PCs that were released around the same time as the Chromebook Pixel is 2,100MHz, and the processor clock speeds range from 1,600MHz to 2,400MHz.

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Two USB 3.0 Ports

The Google Chromebook Pixel has more USB 3.0 ports than most of the comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago. Most of the Chromebooks that were released around the same time as the Chromebook Pixel only have one USB 3.0 port, however this portable PC has two USB 3.0 ports.

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6 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Some Google Chromebook Pixel owners said that it was not cheap. Computershopper.com said in their Google Chromebook Pixel review “Google's second-generation showpiece is the most dazzling Chromebook you can buy (except for the even more expensive Core i7 model)”. Expert website Wired.com said “Still too expensive”. Techradar.com said on expert website Techradar “The original Chromebook Pixel was infamous for being the most expensive and insanely specced Chromebook, equipped with a high-resolution” in their review of the Google Chromebook Pixel although they still gave this laptop a score of 80 out of 100.

A number of Google Chromebook Pixel owners who bought it considered that it was not good value for money. Cnet.com said in their Google Chromebook Pixel review on expert website CNET.com “The Chromebook Pixel’s high price and cloud OS limitations make it impossible to recommend for the vast majority of users”. Pcmag.com gave this laptop a rating of 60 out of 100 and said in their review of this laptop on PC Mag “If you already use a pricey mutli-GB Verizon 4G LTE data plan”. Computerworld.com said three years ago “High cost” in their review.

Several Google Chromebook Pixel owners said in their reviews that the product was not a bargain for the price. Four years ago expert review site V3.co.uk wrote “The Pixel doesn't come cheap” in their Google Chromebook Pixel review and scored the Google Chromebook Pixel 3 stars. Two years ago expert website Businessspectator.com.au mentioned “Great laptops are never cheap”. Alphr.com wrote “It's a statement, created by Google to show that Chrome OS isn't only about cheap screens and plastic cases”.

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Google Only Has Unexceptional Reviews for Its Notebook PCs

Google is one of the middle of the road laptop brands according to average expert and user reviews, and Google also has unexceptional reviews for its Chromebooks.

Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Chromebook Pixel does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other laptops with a front camera and we think the Samsung XE303C12[plb_1570733_price], or the Toshiba CB35[plb_2275441_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Google Chromebook Pixel does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other Chromebooks that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a full-size keyboard.

There are a number of alternative notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard which you might also want to consider including the Samsung XE303C12[plb_1570733_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Display Diagonal (metric)

Similar spec laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Chromebook Pixel have display diagonal (metric)s of between 32cm and 40cm, and the average display diagonal (metric) is 35cm. The Chromebook Pixel has one of the smaller display diagonal (metric)s (only 32.639 centimeters) amongst portable PCs of this age.

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Only 802.11a Wi-Fi Standards

The Chromebook Pixel has an 802.11a wi-Fi standards which is better than most notebook PCs of this type and age. Most notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to it have an 802.11g wi-Fi standards.

This laptop's Wi-Fi standard (802.11a) is actually the worst Wi-Fi standard amongst all similar spec notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago.

The best Wi-Fi standard across similar types of laptop is 802.11n.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Google Chromebook Pixel

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Chromebook was released over three years ago.

SSD Storage Media

This laptop has an ssd storage media, which is the most frequently found storage media on comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

If the storage medium of this portable PC is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Toshiba CB35[plb_2275441_price] (SSD) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 1.5 kilograms, the Chromebook Pixel has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other Chromebooks that have been available for a similar time to the Chromebook Pixel.

We compared this portable PC to all the other 1.5kg heavy portable PCs and we think the Toshiba CB35[plb_2275441_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the Asus Chromebook C200MA[plb_2671976_price] (1.2kg) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 12.85 inches, the Chromebook Pixel has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the Chromebook Pixel.

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Expert Reviews

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10 November 2015

ChromeOS does have its detractors, though -- not everybody is onboard with Google's vision of what a pseudo-laptop should be like. For a lot of people it simply isn't powerful enough to be their... Read more…

3 August 2015

As we've stated in pretty much every Chromebook review, they're not for everyone. Being tied to the web, and Google's version of the web in particular, isn't going to be ideal for some users. The...

21 July 2015

Chromebooks are popping up everywhere you look these days -- and with all the options available, it isn't always easy to figure out which one makes the most sense for you.One quick glance through... Read more…

What to think, then, of a luxury Chromebook that is beguilingly beautiful, and, even with no significant data resident on it, still worthy of a thief's attention? The first deluxe Chromebook, the... Read more…

23 June 2015

A superb Chromebook, even if it the overpowered hardware does feel like overkill for running webapps...

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18 June 2015

The Chromebook Pixel is by far the best Chromebook available but you'll need to be sure Chrome OS meets your needs...

4 June 2015

When is a Chromebook not a Chromebook? When it's a Chromebook Pixel, of course. This is not, I admit, my finest attempt at humour, but it serves to illustrate a point: the latest Chromebook Pixel... Read more…

The Chromebook Pixel is clearly not for everyone, any more than any flagship is. It's expensive. It pumps much more power than most people need. But as a Chromebook, it's the best you can get. As...

22 April 2015

The laptop you're about to see is as much an idea as it is a machine. Google's new Chromebook Pixel is designed to be the world's best Chromebook--and it is, without even trying hard, by a yawning... Read more…

11 April 2015

My, how time flies. I've been using the latest Google Chromebook Pixel for a full 30 days, thanks to a review unit loaned to me by Google. Back in 2013, I spent $1,449 for my own Pixel with... Read more…

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