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CNET First Look
The new Chromebook Pixel packs USB-C ports and a brilliant touchscreenThe Pixel's refreshed hardware comes at a lower price, but Chrome OS remains limited.
[MUSIC] Hey. I'm Nate with CNET. And today we're checking out Google's Chromebook Pixel. Now I know what you're thinking, it looks really familiar. And you're right. It's basically got the same body, and the same screen as last year's model. But, thanks to a price cut, and new support for USBC. This could be a good fit for the right user. The new Chromebook Pixel packs the same 13 inch 2560 x 1700 pixel resolution display as last year's model. Google Play offers improved color [INAUDIBLE] which should improve color accuracy the screen is really bright and a density of 239 pixels per inch means that text is crisp and a pleasure to read. [MUSIC] They're two of the relatively new USB-C ports, one on either side. The laptop charges through these cords, which is actually pretty great as it gives you two options for a place to put your power cord or room for a cord and some other accessory. The [UNKNOWN] can also charge pretty quickly. You get about two hours of battery life in just fifteen minutes of charging, and full capacity, which is about twelve hours of juice, in an hour and a half. The obvious downside is that port selection is really limited. You're getting the pair of USB ports, a pair of USB 3 ports, and an SD card reader. If you wanna stay connected to another screen and the picture can output up to four gig displays, you're going to have to shell out for adapters. The rest of the changes are under the hood and they're welcome. The base model packs a 2.2 gigahertz fifth generation Intel Core i5 processor. Eight Gigs of RAM and 32 Gigs of storage for $999. $1299 gets you a Core i7 processor with 16 Gigs of RAM and 64 Gigs of storage. That's quite a step up from last year's base model for the same price. There is not LTE support this time around, however. The low storage capacities are a pain, but an SD card will slide in and be flush with the side of the chassis, so it could be a good option for extra storage. Now the Chromebook's Pixel will run into the same problems as its predecessor. And that's Chrome OS. $1,000 is still quite a bit of cash to shell out for a machine that's gonna lose quite a bit of its functionality once you're off wi-fi. At that price, you're better off going to say a cheaper Chromebook or a proper Windows or Mac laptop. That said, the hardware is gorgeous and it's pretty powerful. So I'm looking forward to the day when Chrome OS finally catches up. Be sure to read my full review on CNET. I'm Nate. Thanks for watching.