The new Pixel bears much in common with the model it's replacing, right down to the gorgeous 2,560-by-1,700-pixel resolution display. And the screen density of 239 pixels per inch makes for a very pleasurable reading and viewing experience. The laptop also has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which lends itself well to scrolling through Web pages.
Working exclusively in a browser window might not be as odd as it seems: I spend most of my days with Chrome maximized across multiple monitors, and quite a few of the apps I depend on -- Evernote and Spotify, to start -- can be reached on the Web, too. But it certainly isn't for everyone; I still haven't found a Web-based image editor to love.
The keyboard is spacious, and the keys are comfortable to type on (if a bit mushy). But it's also a little different: the caps-lock key has been replaced by a dedicated search button, so you'll have to press that and the Alt key if you want to yell at people on the Internet.
Here's the other star of the show: the USB-C port. You can use it to transfer files, connect it to displays, and also use it to charge the laptop.
This new connector aims to be the one port to rule them all, and while we'll need to tote around a host of adapters until other devices catch up, it's a welcome change. The Pixel also offers a pair of USB 3.0 ports.