It’s time for Chromebook Pixel 2!

Chromebook Pixel

Hey Google, it’s time to launch the Chromebook Pixel 2! We need an updated version with a Haswell chip that would provide us with improved battery life. Moreover, we need the next Chromebook to be lighter and, if possible, be available in multiple variants.

You see Google, not all of us need a touchscreen. If you offer a more affordable model without a touchscreen, I’m sure you would find even more buyers. Similarly, crazy screen resolutions are nice, but a regular full HD variant could push the price south, and again – help you sell more units.

Now, I understand that the Pixel was more of a concept device, but still… I see no reason why you would avoid launching a successor.

Let’s face it – most (if not all) Chromebooks suck, big time. I do understand that the idea is to make affordable laptops for students, but… I’m sure there’s room for a $500-$700 laptop that would have decent specs and a body made out of metal. Plus, it could be lighter. Why not opt for the Ultrabook platform?

And while we’re at it – it’s time to make the original Chromebook more affordable. The current price is crazy.

  • Now that I just bought a Pixel, I’m hoping they don’t release an upgrade…at least not until I get my money’s worth from the first model xD

  • vratrm

    I tossed out Chrome OS on my Pixel and installed Ubuntu. (found the side-by-side installation of chromeos and Linux using crouton highly annoying.) It’s a spectacular machine, much better than the specs would suggest. Sadly the days of trouble free installation of Linux on the laptop are not quite here yet, and there are some rough edges with the Pixel too, though for the most part its a much smoother operation than other laptops I’ve used, including my System76, expressly made for Linux Gazelle. (the biggest factor there is that the Pixel doesn’t use nVidia so you don’t have to struggle with the endless driver issues that I’ve always run into with nVidia hardware.)

    I use it as a primary development machine, compiling java and c as well as the standard Web fare. The touchscreen + ultra high resolution + gimp + blender + inkscape + mypaint + some custom utilities, turns it into a graphics workstation with capabilities beyond workstations an order of magnitude more expensive when hardware and software is included, though that depends on a degree of programming expertise to integrate your work-flow and take full advantage of the touch screen. With respect to graphics processing you’ll definitely need cloud/network storage and you’ll eventually start running into some of the Pixels
    performance limitations, especially memory. Running VirtualBox is fine so long as you aren’t running anything too intensive, but there again you can quickly exhaust the laptops capabilities.

  • S_Deemer

    I found touch so useless that I disabled it within a week, but I’m not sure the Pixel’s screen resolution is worth abandoning. It’s the only laptop that I have used that has a razor sharp display at whatever resolution I use, from the default 1280×850 all the way to 2560×1700 (which is way to fine for my old eyes); my preferred setting is 1440×956. I don’t find the Pixel heavy at all; it’s not as light as a MBA, but feels much more substantial, and is far from a burden to carry around. All that said, a sub-$1000 Pixel with 10 hour battery life, backlit keyboard, a USB3 port and a great screen would be a welcome successor. And a magnetic power connector!

    I’m not holding my breath, and Google isn’t dropping any hints re Pixel 2.

    • wait, you can disable touch?

      • S_Deemer

        Enter chrome://flags in the address/search box, then search for “touch”. There are several flags that deal with how touch works, including this one:

        Enable touch events Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS

        Force touchscreen support to always be enabled or disabled, or to be enabled when a touchscreen is detected on startup

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