The Google machine: Era of Chromebooks


There has been a decline in the PC market for quite sometime now. There is a lot of debate over the switch from desktops and laptops to tablets and smartphones and yet there are exceptions where people still come back to their beloved laptops and desktops. There are a few power users who are always on the move and work on their iPads and have a keyboard dock tucked in their bags somewhere. For most, tablets remain a consumption device and is less cumbersome than a laptop. What would compel google to chime in with a stripped out operating system that consists entirely of a browser that could run on any platform ?



Google released Chromebook Pixel, it is a device with a ultra high resolution and powerful intel processor and there is nothing compromised about the Pixel from google. It’s a well cut suit, what evokes the Chromebook Pixel is its design. We will get into the dept of this review as you read along.

Hardware And Design
The Pixel has a dimensions of 0.64 x 11.72 x 8.84″ and weighs about 1.52 Kg. It has a great design but not the flashiest of the laptops out there. It has a  matte grey lid with a smooth aluminium body. The most distinguishable feature of the Chromebook is the Lightbar looks futuristic we just love watching the blue light glow. Every few seconds, a bright spot travels from left to right, and when you close the lid it briefly glows the rainbow of Google colors.



There is a Chrome logo above the keyboard but the word Google has never been mentioned on the Pixel. There are no stickers on the device only a set of fine prints at the bottom. There is an SD card reader and a SIM slot on the right side. On the left side there are two USB 2.0 ports, a Mini Display port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the hole for the AC adapter brick. That plus trackpad, keyboard, HD webcam, and display make up everything there is to see on the Pixel.

Software
Chrome OS has always been one of the most stable OS and Pixel is fast and crashfree. First of all you need a Google account. All the apps are web apps which users need to launch using the browser, Evernote, Simplenote, Wunderlist, Gmail, Google Docs, Office 365, Rdio, TweetDeck and many more apps are compatible with the browser and users can set it up and use it seamlessly. Google’s built-in photo editor is even pretty good. One draw back is that you need an active internet connection to use most of the apps as they need one else they wont work. Offline features can be added to Gmail, Google Docs and other apps that allow it.



It's not a desktop OS, though, and it's missing some of the things I rely on on my PC. Some are crucial: way too many of the apps I named above don't work offline, and even those that do are stripped-down, slow, and often clumsy. Other issues are minor. There are lots of these little issues with Chrome OS, like the fact that offline features can only be enabled for Gmail, Google Docs, and the like for a single Gmail account. I can't be the only person with work and personal email accounts who might need to access both on a plane, right?

One annoying part was the way users needed to switch between the apps it was rather weird you either Alt-Tab through your open windows or you use the trackpad to select the app you want.
In the end Chrome OS offers a simple, intuitive UI that users really enjoy using, and I bet its easier to use and navigate compared to Windows 8 or OS X machine.



Bottomline
Battery life is a bummer but not a deal-breaker — it's not terrible, just not as good as I hoped. The Chromebook Pixel is a great device for users who would like to surf the internet a lot and experiment with the new web apps that have so long been confined to smartphones and tablets. It is priced at $1299 and is comparatively costly but nonetheless if you want a pure google laptop here it is.

Everyone should want a Chromebook Pixel — I certainly do. But almost no one should buy one.



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