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IT News Thread, Google announces the 1,049 Chromebook Pixel in Other News; Originally Posted by Arthur If Apple can put anti-glare coatings on their screens, why can't Google? Thats not free though....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    If Apple can put anti-glare coatings on their screens, why can't Google?
    Thats not free though.
    Last edited by ZeroHour; 23rd February 2013 at 02:37 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
    That's not free though.
    The 1,099 iMac has one (as do Apple's "Retina" MacBooks).



    Reflections on computer screens are really annoying. The last thing I want to see is my face, whatever is behind me or the bright lights above.

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    Chromebook Pixel to have integrated QuickOffice, able to open docs natively Engadget

    ...all Pixels will ship with QuickOffice already installed. You'll be able to open and view documents on it as soon as you get it. However, the ability to actually edit those docs won't be available until two to three months down the line as they're still working on perfecting the app (the demo they had at the event failed a couple of times).

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    We already have plenty of laptop style Android devices which are cheap and have access to a huge number of installable apps . Why would anyone want a 1000 laptop with an OS less flexible than the one in their phone? Quoted battery life is also a paltry 5 hours which is miserly for a stripped down cloud based laptop. I can see why you might want to spend a grand on the MacBook or a Surface Pro but Google must be crazy to think anyone will spend that kind of money on a Chromebook?

    I just don't get why Google keep persisting with ChromeOS
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    We already have plenty of laptop style Android devices which are cheap and have access to a huge number of installable apps.
    Looking at some of the reviews on Amazon, Android netbooks don't sound particularly great.

    This would be okay for a 3 year olds first computer. It's a slow operating system, doesn't seem like it will ever get a update, cheap quality build, and really not good for much. It does have the Google Play Store, but it is recognized as a tablet so most apps come up sideways on the screen and therefore are useless. The mouse on the netbook is very unresponsive, both in movement around the screen and using it to click on anything. I bought a 64 gig memory card and now use it as a portable DVD player / to take a note that would be a little long to type on my phone. Would be better if it were a touch screen to move around the android system. (Source)
    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    Google must be crazy to think anyone will spend that kind of money on a Chromebook?
    Not completely crazy. I reckon they know the Pixel won't sell well (a bit like the Nexus Q and Google TV).

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    But it's got quickoffice, take my money google. Lol

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    Linux Mint on the Pixel...


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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    take my money Google.
    What about this?

    1. Buy ChromeBook Pixel.
    2. Upgrade your Google Drive to 1TB.
    3. Sell the ChromeBook Pixel the next day on eBay.

    You will now have $1,800's worth of cloud storage for free!
    Last edited by Arthur; 24th February 2013 at 02:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Mirror, mirror...



    If Apple can put anti-glare coatings on their screens, why can't Google?
    I think that's a little unfair! They are displaying it with daylit windows straight behind the camera!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    The most annoying thing for me about the Pixel is the fact that Google have intentionally crippled it with USB 2.0 ports. Laptops from other manufacturers which use the same processor (Core i5-3337U) have USB 3.0!!!
    The main benefit of USB 3.0 on a laptop like the ARM based Samsung Chromebook Series 3 is that you can use it to charge the Chromebook as well as power other devices - however there probably be too much power draw from the Pixel to charge it up via USB. The speed advantage of USB 3.0 isn't particularly useful on a device that uses local storage only for downloads.

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    We already have plenty of laptop style Android devices which are cheap and have access to a huge number of installable apps . Why would anyone want a 1000 laptop with an OS less flexible than the one in their phone? Quoted battery life is also a paltry 5 hours which is miserly for a stripped down cloud based laptop. I can see why you might want to spend a grand on the MacBook or a Surface Pro but Google must be crazy to think anyone will spend that kind of money on a Chromebook?

    I just don't get why Google keep persisting with ChromeOS
    Sysadmins spend a lot of time limiting and locking down things for security and simplicity/ease of use and maintenance. Less flexible is a good thing for everybody other than computer hobbyists, provided it does the things you need it to do, and does it in an efficient and convenient way. You can also run Windows or OSX or Linux apps on them for the occasions when you need to - when I say run, I mean run them the same way Chromebooks run all apps - on a LAN or Cloud server (in this case a Windows terminal server or Linux or Mac server).

    Chrome OS devices are brilliant for useage where these requirements are met - they are Zero Maintenance, Zero Touch Management (ie. no admin has to ever log in or touch Chromebook/box devices), with sub 10 second boot, instant pause/resume when you open and shut the lid, and all your data and apps can be accessed on any device with a web browser (try doing that with Windows or Macbooks data or apps). They are secure managed networked computers out of the box, and don't need any server hardware or maintenance spend to achieve all this because they use Google's and ASP providers' Cloud servers to achieve this, although you can add your own if you want.

    They are 10% of Currys/PC World's total computer sales right now, and this will only increase. They will be everywhere within a couple of years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    What about this?

    1. Buy ChromeBook Pixel.
    2. Upgrade your Google Drive to 1TB.
    3. Sell the ChromeBook Pixel the next day on eBay.

    You will now have $1,800's worth of cloud storage for free!
    Google is giving it away because they know full well you aren't going to use up anything like that amount in reality. It is a psychological crutch for Windows users who are used to Windows filling up whatever size of hard drive you may have with rubbish within a year or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Indeed 1000+ what market is this aimed at?

    Ben
    I can't afford it either. I would say it is a reference device to demo future technologies to allow OEMs to develop cheaper mass market designs, Chrome Web Apps developers to develop high end Native Client Chrome apps like games, and early adopters to try it out. Although they haven't really taken off yet, high res screens and touchscreens, will become more common, and Portable Native Client is due to be ready this summer - hence the i5 CPU. I would expect the features to appear on different devices in different combinations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPM View Post
    The speed advantage of USB 3.0 isn't particularly useful on a device that uses local storage only for downloads.
    That's true, but for me it's the principal more than anything. If the chipset includes USB 3.0 support (as it almost certainly does), then the device should have USB 3.0 ports too.

    The other big advantage to USB 3.0 is that it is more power efficient. Surely a good thing to have on a portable computer with a Core i5 processor?

    More importantly, SuperSpeed USB enables considerable power savings by enabling both upstream and downstream ports to initiate lower power states on the link. In addition, multiple link power states are defined, enabling local power management control and, therefore, improved power usage efficiency. Eliminating polling and broadcasting also went a long way toward reducing power requirements. Finally, the increased speed and efficiency of USB 3.0 bus, combined with the ability to use data streaming for bulk transfers, further reduces the power profile of these devices. Typically, the faster a data transfer completes, the faster system components can return to a low-power state. The USB-IF estimates the system power necessary to complete a 20 MB SuperSpeed data transfer will be 25 percent lower than is possible using USB 2.0. (Source)

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