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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I don't get it
by darknexus on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 11:49 UTC
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

As a high-end user, why would I buy this? ChromeOS is just, well, Chrome. For significantly less I could get a real laptop with more storage, more power, and run Chrome as well as everything else I might want. For just a little bit more, I could get a Macbook with a screen that's just as good (for all practical purposes), and can run Chrome as well as anything else I might want. Why would I spend $1300 on something that has inferior storage, an inferior os, and is far too over-powered for the purpose resulting in crappy battery life? The only thing this offers is a touch screen, but let's be honest, this is a laptop. How many people are going to want to reach their arm up to the top and touch tabs just to activate them? I don't know about anyone else here, but my arms would get tired mighty quick.
If Google had wanted to make a bit of a splash, they should've released a nice ChromeOS tablet with this screen. I could have seen a practical purpose for that. This just makes me wonder what the top engineers at Google are smoking. Essentially, it's a touch screen that's not a tablet, and a laptop that's incapable as a laptop.

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RE: I don't get it
by andrewclunn on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 14:29 in reply to "I don't get it"
andrewclunn Member since:
2012-11-05

Clearly this is a high end laptop for people who want to put linux on their machines. That's really the only point I see for it.

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RE[2]: I don't get it
by darknexus on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 15:13 in reply to "RE: I don't get it"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Clearly this is a high end laptop for people who want to put linux on their machines. That's really the only point I see for it.

And that will depend on how locked down it is. We've seen a trend towards locking down Chromebooks as tight as, if not tighter than, some Windows machines. If this is one of those, you may be stuck with ChromeOS for a while and have to bootstrap an external package manager on top of that.

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RE[2]: I don't get it
by tylerdurden on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 21:46 in reply to "RE: I don't get it"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Talk about a niche market! ;-)

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RE: I don't get it
by zima on Thu 28th Feb 2013 17:31 in reply to "I don't get it"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The only thing this offers is a touch screen, but let's be honest, this is a laptop. How many people are going to want to reach their arm up to the top and touch tabs just to activate them? I don't know about anyone else here, but my arms would get tired mighty quick.

Touchscreen works out better than that in laptops - you can support your elbow in front of the keyboard half.

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