When Google first came out with the Chromebook and were giving them out to people to let them test, I thought it was neat. Nick and I both got one and while I enjoyed playing with it for a little bit, I just couldn’t use it to be productive with what I do for a living. The Chromebook is a netbook, meaning that you can’t install any software on it, it’s essentially a web browser. For people that only use the computer for internet things and writing documents, it would be perfect, especially at their price point of $249.
Well today, Google announced the Chromebook Pixel, a super sexy Chromebook with a Intel i5 processor, 12.85″ high pixel density screen (think retina display) that is also a touch screen, 32GB internal storage, backlit keyboard and 100GB of space on Google Drive. This is yours for only $1,299 or if you want LTE and more internal storage you’re looking at $1,449. Yeah, I choked on my drink when I heard those prices too.
I see what Google is trying to do they are competing with Apple. Making something that is beautiful because people buy Apple products because they love the design is one thing but again, this is a web browser for $1,299. At that price point I expect a full working computer. My laptop was less than that and it’s has an Intel i7, 500GB hard drive, 8GB of RAM and an 18.4″ 1920×1080 screen. I just can’t do it, Google, I’m sorry.
The Chromebook hasn’t been selling very well while it’s been inexpensive but maybe it will sell better now at this price. I doubt it highly but we’ll see. Oh and if you want to get one, head of to their website to order it, they are available now.