Always On: Unboxing the Chromebook Pixel
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Always On: Unboxing the Chromebook Pixel

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Google's new 13-inch touch-screen-enabled notebook with a 2,560x1,700-pixel display goes head to head with Apple's MacBook line. Molly Wood and Jeff Cannata unbox the new laptop and offer their first impressions.

-Pretty exciting unboxing today. -The Pixel arrived. -Yes. The Chromebook Pixel. I think this is the one that was so cool-looking that there was like a YouTube video about it, and then everyone thought it was a hoax because it looks so cool. -But it wasn't a hoax. -But it wasn't a hoax and here it is. -And here it is. We got one and you have a knife of incredible majesty. -Thank you. I have the rad knife that the rad viewer sent us. This part needs to be knifed. Yey, and then lock for safety, all gone. -There we go. -Right. Okay. Hey, looks like there might be a MacBook in here. Look, a MacBook. -Is it a MacBook? -No. I don't know. Wait. Look. It's nice. -Oh, that doesn't say Apple on it. -Google. They plastic it and here and here. -That was one of those flap-- -Oh, for God's sake. Why do they keep doing-- they do this with the Nexus too and it took me like half an hour to get it out of the box. -There we go. Oh. -Hello. Wow. That is beautiful. -Look at the awesome Chrome hinge. -Okay. Can I just take a moment to say that this is basically all I've ever wanted in a laptop, industrial design, like no branding, no kind of crap setting it up, just a flat black box. Oh, but seriously, look at this. -That's really pretty. -Wanna touch it? -Yes, I do. -Wow. -So the only place that says Chrome is right there. That's pretty smooth. Wow. It's so nice. -It's absolutely stunning. Oh. -Oh. Did it turn right on? -Yes, oh yes. -Oh, it did. -Look at like a beautiful picture. -Oh my God, that's beautiful. -Right on the display so you can see it right off the bat. -But it's got that weird 3:2 aspect ratio. -That's it. -Yes. Cord. -So just our 2 sets of power. -Yes. -Because this just totally meant to be wireless all the time. I don't know. I'm clicking continue but nothing's happening. -Well, that's the thing. It has to be wireless all the time because there's no hard drive in it. -Yes. In fact speaking of the total lack of hard drive and other things on the inside, let's break down the specs. The Chromebook Pixel runs Google Chrome OS. It has a dual-core 1.8-gigahertz Intel Core i5 processor. It has middling graphics, an integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics card and 4 GB of memory. The hard drive is a somewhat surprising 32 gigabytes solid-state drive, and it's not the fastest drive on the market either. The display is 12.85 inches. It falls into the 13-inch category. It's HD as you probably noticed with a resolution of 2560x1700. Also a touchscreen so if you feel like putting your grimy paws all over your beautiful pixel display, go crazy. The Chromebook Pixel weighs 3.3 pounds. It has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. It also has USB 2.0, a Mini DisplayPort, an SD card reader, and a microphone and headphone jack. In terms of pricing, it starts at again a somewhat surprising $1299. You can also step up to a version for $1449 that has built-in 4G LTE support. So unquestionably gorgeous. -Yes. -Like crazy gorgeous. -I can tell you love it. -I do. -Already. -I'm totally in love with it, although I completely understand the drawbacks. -It's the hard drive space. -The hard drive. -It's I think over the long term you would be very frustrated about that. -I would think actually over the extremely short term I would be frustrated by that. I have a 128 GB solid-state drive in my MacBook Air and that's probably the primary competitor to this. -Yes. -I'm out of room. I mean I'm completely out of space already. -And it does feel a little heavy, but boy that display is gorgeous. -Would you wanna touch it? -I do. -You mean like-- -I do wanna touch it. -Well, I mean I know you do want to but over the long term, you know, you got this beautiful display. -Well, I personally really hate mousepads. -Yes. -So I would love the touchscreen. -No, I love the touchscreen. I've been looking forward to that too. I mean I have to say it, I think it is sort of a typical Google product. Their industrial design has gotten phenomenal. This is a gorgeous machine. The price is definitely high, and it's for a small subset of people who kind of only live on the web, but I don't know. I think I could maybe become one of those people.

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