Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Feb 2013 20:48 UTC
Google It's turning out to be a bit of a crazy week for cool new products, isn't it? We already got Ubuntu Touch Preview for phones and tablets, then we got the new PlayStation 4 yesterday, and today Google surprised us all by launching the Chromebook Pixel. Google's first laptop appears to be a stunning machine - just don't ask who the hell it's for.
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LOL Google
by tylerdurden on Thu 21st Feb 2013 22:15 UTC
tylerdurden
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2009-03-17

Google is so inconsistent when it comes to their consumer electronics product offerings, it's amusing.

The main value proposition of a nettop is price, this thing missed any attractive price range for a device of this type by a mile. This does not look good on google's management part, they have had a couple of duds in a row. Unless of course, they expect this thing to suck and they simply want to eat some of the loses creating a market.

Edited 2013-02-21 22:16 UTC

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RE: LOL Google
by umccullough on Thu 21st Feb 2013 22:20 in reply to "LOL Google"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Google is so inconsistent when it comes to their consumer electronics product offerings, it's amusing.


I'm not sure they have to be consistent - they don't necessarily rely on hardware sales to survive.

I'm guessing they're throwing this out there to see what the reception is like - I wouldn't even be surprised if they have artificially inflated the price simply to target wealthy people with disposable income looking for a new toy to play with.

I suspect they'll use it to gauge interest in the various technologies it comes with and use that information to generate some further products with those features.

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RE[2]: LOL Google
by tylerdurden on Thu 21st Feb 2013 23:01 in reply to "RE: LOL Google"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Yeah, there seems to be an attitude of "throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall and see what sticks" as an MO of sorts for google. And why not, they have the pockets deep enough for it.

The introductory marketing video, with some design team members talking about the product, had a weird "applesque" vibe. A disappointing lack of originality, considering google is kind of a gigantic ad agency...

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RE: LOL Google
by ricegf on Thu 21st Feb 2013 22:56 in reply to "LOL Google"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

I'm curious - in what universe does a "nettop" (I suspect you mean "netbook") come with a 12.85” 2560x1700 touchscreen?

Rather, this appears to me to be Google's assertion that Chrome is a full-featured desktop OS ready for the mainstream, in much the same way that the original Nexus smartphone was Google's assertion that skin-free Android was ready for the mainstream.

It certainly worked well for the Nexus.

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RE[2]: LOL Google
by tylerdurden on Thu 21st Feb 2013 23:24 in reply to "RE: LOL Google"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

In the universe where google is trying to convince me to buy a device that can only perform a fraction of what a fully fledged "traditional" stand alone device can.

This device is at the same price level as a retina macbook, so right off the bat it becomes an almost impossible sell.

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RE[2]: LOL Google
by tidux on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 13:58 in reply to "RE: LOL Google"
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

ChromeOS is based on Gentoo Linux, and you can get a terminal emulator by hitting Ctrl-Alt-T. Hopefully they'll add a GUI way of accessing it soon, as a gentle introduction for all the nublets. I'm seriously contemplating getting a Chromebook and seeing how much work it takes to bootstrap pkgsrc on it, because it's already GNU/Linux, it just needs a package manager that stays out of /.

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RE[2]: LOL Google
by ze_jerkface on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 23:04 in reply to "RE: LOL Google"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Rather, this appears to me to be Google's assertion that Chrome is a full-featured desktop OS ready for the mainstream


So a slimmed down version of Linux with a browser on top is a full-featured OS?

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RE: LOL Google
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 20:33 in reply to "LOL Google"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

What are the other duds? The only one I can think of is the bizarre Nexus Q tv happy fun ball.

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