The way we interact with computers has changed significantly over the past few years. Just a few years ago, a web browser was just one of the few items in our virtual toolbox, and other apps were nearly essential for everyday use – the Microsoft Office suite, for one. But times are changing, and Google’s big bet on the future of the web two years ago seems to be nearly spot-on at this point. As you may have guessed, that big bet was the Chromebook Pixel, a powerful Chrome OS notebook which launched about two years ago with access to little but a web browser, and now the company is back with a new Google Chromebook Pixel to show.
The new Pixel isn’t radically different; that’s not quite what Google’s going for with a Chrome OS laptop. Instead, it keeps the good parts from the original Pixel, and improves all the rest. First, the price has dropped from the whopping $1299 its predecessor started at to $999. That baseline model will get you a 2.2GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB (!) of memory, and 32GB of internal storage, though you can bump up to the $1299 model with a 2.4GHz Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
One of the bigger stories with the new Pixel is the inclusion of a USB-C port on both sides of the computer (though regular USB 3 ports are still available for convenience). USB-C is the reversible standard allowing for peripherals to be plugged in as well as the computer to be charged – it’s basically the port that does everything, and it’s seeing wider and wider adoption these days.
The new Pixel is now available for purchase in the new Google Store – the second source link below – though skeptics most definitely remain given the operating system it runs (Chrome OS). If your life is in the cloud, though, there aren’t very many better options available.