Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Oct 2017 21:56 UTC
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The Pixelbook has a lot in common with the previous Chromebooks that came directly from Google, with a high price tag and a spec sheet to match, but the Pixelbook will showcase the two newest enhancements to Chrome OS with stylus support and a hinge that allows for fold-over convertible use as a tablet. Neither of these things is new (convertible laptop designs have been a Windows staple for ages) but both are new for Google.

Including these features in Chrome and putting them on a high-priced Chromebook aimed squarely at developers and enthusiasts means Google really wants them to become a natural part of the Chromebook experience, and ultimately part of the web experience. So we have to ask, is Chrome finally ready to be a replacement for your tablet?

The answer is a mixed bag. It seems like answers are always that way. And Google needs to lead by example, then get everyone else on board.

Earlier this year, I replaced my aunt's aging Windows Vista (...) laptop with a Chromebook - a nice, solid, aluminium laptop with a good screen, solid trackpad, and amazing battery life. Since I set it up for her, I got to use it for a week before sending it off to my parents, who also used it for a week, after which we sent it to my aunt. All of us - my aunt, my parents, myself - were impressed with just how effortless of a machine it was. No fuss, no fiddling, no extraneous, outdated junk from 40 years of desktop computing getting in the way of browsing, e-mailing, and working with some simple documents.

Chrome OS is a great platform for a large group of non-demanding users, which is why I'm baffled by Google trying to sell us these upscale, fancy Chromebooks with insane amounts of power, and now, apparently, with stylus support and tablet mode? This feels exactly like the kind of extraneous, useless features that will only confuse and get in the way of the kind of people I personally think Chromebooks are great for.

Who is this upcoming Pixelbook for?

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Comment by ahferroin7
by ahferroin7 on Tue 3rd Oct 2017 12:21 UTC
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2015-10-30

Well, my first guess would be that they're trying to target the same market as the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro.

The alternative is that it's mostly a marketing item to try and set the new standard for Chromebooks, just like Google tries to do every year with their phones.

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RE: Comment by ahferroin7
by darknexus on Tue 3rd Oct 2017 12:51 in reply to "Comment by ahferroin7"
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2008-07-15

Well, my first guess would be that they're trying to target the same market as the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro.

Good luck with that, considering how few apps there really are. Web pages only go so far, and Android apps running on this thing are going to be just as clunky as they have been on other Chromebooks supporting them. Thanks, but no thanks.

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