Thursday, March 12, 2015

New Chromebook pixel comes with 2 USB Type-C ports and improved specs

Google's Chromebook Pixel proved the search giant could build amazing laptops that surpassed nearly any other device on the market, though the battery life was lacking... and its price put it out of reach for most people. Now, we finally get a new and improved Pixel... that even get a (slight) price reduction.

Google's Pixel was the most powerful Chromebook ever created, and this new Chromebook Pixel does it again. Design-wise, Google felt there was nothing to improve, and you'll find the same amazing monolithic and solid build quality, with its iconic lightbar indicator and the same amazing 12.85" touchscreen with 2560 x 1700 pixels (now with even better color reproduction).

Inside, we find newer 5th gen Intel Core CPUs. The base model comes with a Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM and 32GB SSD; and if that's not enough, there's a LS version (standing for "Ludicrous Speed") that ups it a Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 64GB SSD. You also get dual-band WiFi ac, BT 4.0, HD camera, backlit keyboard - and 12h of battery life, with fast charging battery where 15 minutes are enough to get 2 extra hours of battery life.

But there's more. Just like Apple's new 12" MacBook, the new Pixel comes with the new USB Type-C standard. But instead of just a single port you get two (one on each side), and you still have 2 regular USB ports and a SD slot. Meaning you won't be forced to buy an adapter... at least, not so much.

The worst part are the prices, starting at $999 for the base pixel, and $1299 for the LS version (keep in mind both include 1TB of Google Storage space, valued at $359). These are amazing machines... and I'm sure there would be a lot more people interested in it... if instead of Chrome OS they came with Windows (or allowed an easy and pain-free way to install it).

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