Looking at the new Pixelbook from afar, it's really hard to understand why anyone, let alone Google, could demand a retail price of $US1,000 (about $1300) for this thing. It's got Chrome OS inside -- the operating system you stick in cheap laptops with cheap guts because it needs practically no processor power to run. And Google made no attempt to explain why a Chromebook should go for $US1,000 during its presentation. After playing with it, I've got a better idea of why Google would ask that kind of price.
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Google announced some new hardware at a characteristically low key event in San Francisco on today. Nearly everything had been leaked ahead of the event, but there were a few surprises -- some more exciting than others. Inevitably, one thing seemed clear: Google wants to be a gadget company, too.
At today's big event in San Francisco, Google confirmed what we've all known for the last two weeks: It has a slick looking new Chromebook, and it costs $US1000 ($1276). However Google crucially expanded on those early details and has revealed a Chromebook that might actually be worth its sky high price tag, unlike the last $1000-plus Chromebook.