Google’s new Chromebook Pixel laptop has a high-resolution touch screen, next-generation USB ports and powerful speakers. It is also cheaper, costing $300 less than the original model.
Despite it’s improvements, the new laptop is running on Google’s Chrome operating system, which is designed mostly for online use. The Pixel’s price tag is $999. The $1,299 version offers more storage and a faster processor.
As Google believes users will store most of their files in the cloud, Chromebooks have limited storage space. The Pixel has just 32 gigabytes, which seems very little compared with the minimum 128 gigabytes on a MacBook Air. The improved Pixel version has 64 gigabytes.
The Pixel laptop offers a 13-inch touch screen and a display at 239 pixels per inch for a great price of less than $1,000. Windows laptops with similar performance are a few hundred dollars more expensive, while Apple doesn’t make touch-screen laptops at all.
Sound performance of the new Pixel is great, while Web surfing, video and text documents are dealt with at high speeds. Google says the laptop will run for 12 hours on a single battery charge. Also, the charging is very effective.
The Pixel has a more flexible and faster approach on charging, being equipped with the new Type-C standard for USB. Using the USB model for charging, which has been used by Android phones in the last years, the Type-C is meant to standardize the special chargers for the laptop. Google expects that in the near future, its users will need one for phones, tablets and laptops. Type-C gathers power and transfers data faster than current USB.
Apple is also on the Type-C bandwagon, after it announced the new MacBook on Monday, but the Pixel has two regular ports and an SD slot for camera memory.
With Type-C, Cords can be inserted in either direction with Type-C, so users don’t have to figure out which side is up. The Pixel has ports on both sides.
Google offers Android developers an quick way to make their apps also work on Chrome. Google announced that about 30 apps have been converted, like the popular app Vine.
In spite of the fact that Microsoft’s Office isn’t one of them, Google can manage Office files with ease. They open in a Web browser and then are saved in the Microsoft formats for sharing.
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