Google Chromebook Pixel Review

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Earlier this year, Google did something almost ground-breaking when it introduced the Chromebook Pixel. Sure, the Chromebook line as a whole has existed for years, but the entire premise of such a range of notebooks revolved around only a couple of design goals. One of those was accessibility, and almost by default, the other was affordability. The original Chromebooks were priced at $500 or less -- in some cases, far less. The reason seemed obvious: Chrome OS was a great operating system for those who did little more than browse the Web and connect to cloud-based services such as Evernote, but it served less of a purpose in the productivity-minded "real world."

The Chromebook Pixel on the other hand, is perhaps the most curious gadget launch of the year. It's an extreme combination of premium parts and design coupled with a fledgling operating system. It's an odd melding of premium and basic features rolled into a single device.  And this time around, Google priced out an expensive offering to be sure.

Much like other Chromebooks, it's also difficult to categorize versus other products in the market.

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Shadizzle replied on Thu, May 30 2013 12:26 AM

I wonder if there is a way to scrap Chrome OS for a linux Distro...

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Yes. In fact, that's what Linus Torvalds himself uses. See http://www.zdnet.com/chromebooks-biggest-fan-linus-torvalds-7000012842/

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Shadizzle replied on Thu, May 30 2013 11:40 AM

@SlientMajor1ty

Thanks, this really opens up my interest towards this product. The idea I can use an expandable SD is a major perk. Not really a fan of the idea you are forced to use verizons LTE. Fast sure, but expensive for what you get.

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Hp continues to innovate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBUg6GT1Jxc

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Selden replied on Sun, Jun 2 2013 11:59 PM

@Shadizzle: Crouton seems to be the best way to run Linux on a Chromebook: https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton#readme

Re LTE, 2 years of LTE service @ 100 MB/month are bundled with the Pixel's purchase price. I use cellular data as a backup when Wi-Fi is unavailable, and in 2.5 years of using Chromebooks, I have blown through the 100 mb monthly quota exactly once; a 24-hour day pass (unlimited data) cost $9.95. 1 terabyte of Google Drive storage for 3 years is also included with a new Pixel. For the first 2-3 years, there are really no other ownership costs beyond initial purchase price.

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