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Chromebook Pixel review: A luxury laptop for life in the cloud

JR Raphael | Feb. 28, 2013
A deep-dive review of Google's new Chromebook Pixel laptop, which has high-quality hardware and an amazing touch-based display -- and a few limitations. So at $1,300, is it the laptop for you?

Of course, more functionality doesn't necessarily mean a better experience. Chrome OS is designed for people who don't need local applications or a traditional PC environment -- and eliminating those elements allows some attractive benefits to be added in. Ultimately, it all comes down to what works for you.

If you're interested in a cloud-centric computing experience, the $249 Samsung Chromebook remains the most advisable starting point to consider. By its nature, a premium product like the Chromebook Pixel isn't designed for mainstream appeal -- and the lower-priced alternative offers many of the same basic benefits at a fraction of the cost.

If you're sold on the Chrome OS concept and want the best of the best, though -- and can justify dropping $1,300 on a device -- the Chromebook Pixel will give you a cloud computing experience like no other. It's life in the cloud at its most luxurious, and any Chrome OS convert will be thrilled with the comfort it provides.


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