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(The Next Web)   Have you been waiting for Chromebooks to hit the magic $1,300 price point before you buy? Great news - Google just unveiled "the most overpriced laptop ever"   ( thenextweb.com) divider line
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4966 clicks; posted to Geek » on 21 Feb 2013 at 8:46 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-02-21 08:06:39 PM  
5 votes:
It's less expensive with better specs than the MacBook Air. Headline megafail.
2013-02-21 09:08:01 PM  
3 votes:
100 MB of mobile Internet a month?  That's like a dozen or so emails!  Holy fark what a deal!
2013-02-21 10:25:41 PM  
2 votes:

jaytkay: I thought Chromebooks were $200.

The normal ones are $249.  A retina, er, pixel display, is a $300-$400 add-on for a MacBook Pro, so apparently the touchscreen bits are worth $650-$750.  Or, as improbable as this might sound, you're getting ripped off.

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: It's less expensive with better specs than the MacBook Air. Headline megafail.

Less expensive with better specs?  If only.

To be fair, it  does have a far higher screen resolution than the 13" Air - in fact, its 2560x1700 3:2 display has more vertical resolution than the 13" MacBook Pro (Retina)'s 2560x1600 16:10 display.  And it has a touchscreen, and a price tag $200 less than the 13" Pro Retina.

The Pixel shares a CPU and standard RAM with the 13" Air, and shares a GPU with both the 13" Air and the 13" Pro Retina.

Other than that?  Better specs?  Cheaper?  Not so much.  The Pixel boasts 5-hour battery life, 32GB SSD, dual USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth 3.0 and Mini DisplayPort.  The Apples claim 7-hour battery life, 128GB SSD, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, and Thunderbolt - and in the case of the Pro Retina, dual Thunderbolt, HDMI, 8GB of RAM and a 2.5GHz CPU.  The lower-resolution 13" Air is also 6 ounces lighter and $100 cheaper than the Chromebook, and the Pro Retina is only 3.5 ounces heavier.

Will it sell?  Sure.  To different people than the Apples, of course.  The MacBook Pro (Retina) is popular with users of Adobe Creative Suite, video editors, and people who want maximum detail in the limited number of video games the Mac can run.

But Chrome's software selection makes the Mac's look huge, so this Chromebook is going to be mainly about  consumption of content at extremely high resolution (though maybe not much video, since it's not really available at this weird resolution and 1920x1080 would have to be either scaled or letterboxed).

And since the  13" MacBook Pro (Retina) actually does give you a fair bit of stuff for that extra $200 (38% faster CPU, double the RAM, 4x the SSD, etc etc), agnostics may just buy it instead - this Chromebook will likely be most popular with people who actively dislike Apple for whatever reason.  Yet it's a premium product - those who don't feel they need the resolution can still buy a $249 Chomebook.

So congrats, Google - you've just created the perfect laptop for well-off Apple-hating Farkers to masturbate furiously to high-resolution JPEGs in all their glory.
2013-02-21 09:21:02 PM  
2 votes:

meanmutton: Touchscreen without Windows 8?

See, it has SOME advantages.
2013-02-22 03:42:27 AM  
1 vote:
I have one of the new ARM based Chromebooks, and really enjoy it. It's nice when I want something I can type on and I know I'll have net access, and the fact it keeps in sync with my desktop browser is a plus, too. But it was $249, not $1399.

Do I want one of these? Sure, kinda. It's gadget-lust worthy, absolutely. It's good looking hardware, it's got some neat features, and I actually like ChromeOS because nine times out of ten, I really -do- just need a web browser when I'm working mobile. And if I don't, I take out my quad-core i7 beast of a laptop with 16 gigs of RAM and two hour battery life.

But for anything more than say, $600-700? No. Damn. Way.
2013-02-22 02:10:28 AM  
1 vote:
This makes the Surface Pro look ridiculously cheap and well thought.
2013-02-21 10:30:42 PM  
1 vote:

ZeroCorpse: Laptops are a dying breed. It won't be long before everything is a tablet with an optional wireless keyboard.

And this is the year of Linux.
2013-02-21 10:30:26 PM  
1 vote:
$1300 for only 32GB of storage? Does google plan on releasing this in the mid 90's?
2013-02-21 09:37:54 PM  
1 vote:
I consider myself a tech friendly person, but I can't say I've ever found Chromebooks enticing.  I know there are apps out there for it, but I don't want to be in the cloud for everything.

Aside from that, am I the only one who wonders why Google hasn't merged Chrome/Chromebooks with Android?  Google running two separate app stores is just annoying.
2013-02-21 09:14:36 PM  
1 vote:
12.85 inches, 2560x1700 screen?

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2013-02-21 09:09:32 PM  
1 vote:

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: It's less expensive with better specs than the MacBook Air. Headline megafail.

And yet runs even less software than a MacBook?

Touchscreen without Windows 8?

Yeah, certainly not for me.
2013-02-21 08:58:50 PM  
1 vote:
Everyone who buys one should be kneecapped.

Oh, wait, they will be - when the three-year "free" 1TB of cloud storage becomes a $250/month 1TB of cloud storage.
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