I call them Chromebook Pixel apologists. They’re coming out of the woodwork to defend Google’s super-expensive but flawed $US1299 laptop. You’ll hear things like “It obviously isn’t for everyone” or “You either get it or you don’t”. Count me as one of the people who don’t get it.
Google set out to build “the best laptop possible”. The result: the Chromebook Pixel. A sleek and powerful device designed specifically for life in the cloud. If the display doesn’t make your jaw drop, the price tag will.
Until now, Chromebooks had not been much more than glorified netbooks; underpowered curios best suited for technological novices. The 13-inch, touchscreen, retina-displayed, full-powered Chromebook Pixel — once a thing of myth — appears to be anything but. And it should be enough to make Apple very, very nervous.