Google gives spit n’ polish to world’s most expensive Chromebook

12 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Chromebook Pixel 2 review round up: gorgeous, powerful, but still just Chrome.

Google has launched a new premium Chromebook – the Pixel 2. It is faster than its predecessor and has a high resolution screen but it raises the question: does anyone really want to pay £800 for a glorified web browser. Google’s Chromebooks are designed to be a fast, cheap, portal to the internet costing under £250 and providing a browsing experience far better than similarly priced PCs.

And Google’s laptop – an update to the first Pixel released about two years ago – packs the same new connector technology as the MacBook, referred to as USB-C. What makes the new USB connector technology important is that it allows hardware companies to build thinner laptops, can double as a charging port, and pushes data around much faster than previous USB connectors. “It’s small enough to work with smartphones, powerful enough to charge computers, and conveniently symmetrical (no more guessing which side is up!),” according to a blog post by Andrew Bowers, director of consumer hardware at Google. Other features that Google is touting include the latest, fifth generation, Intel Core processor, a high-resolution (2,560 x 1,700) 12.85-inch touch display, and up to 12 hours of battery life – not unlike the specs that Apple touted on Monday (Apple’s new MacBook has a high-res display and claims all-day battery life.) In addition to the standard model, Google is offering what it calls an LS version (LS stands for “Ludicrous Speed”) “that’s even faster,” Bowers wrote.

The visibility is so good, in fact, that when my seatmate on a recent flight asked me to open the window shade, I could make out the contents of the screen, even with sunlight streaming in next to me. That means it requires an Internet connection for most tasks but bootup is almost instantaneous and the OS does automatic updates, backups, and virus protection in the background.

The new Chromebook Pixel is an improvement over its predecessor in every important way—it’s the best kind of upgrade, the kind that keeps what worked about the previous model and upgrades everything else.

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