Google Chromebook Pixel C1501W 12.85-inch

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  • Sharp and bright 2K HD touchscreen display
  • Powerful specs
  • Incredible build quality
  • Extra long battery life
  • Stylish metallic design


  • 3:2 display not ideal for multitasking
  • Expensive
  • ChromeOS limitations

Bottom Line

An incredibly well engineered, stylish Chromebook with a gorgeous display, however it’s blatantly overkill for ChromeOS and comes with a hefty price tag.

The Google Pixel is a 2015 premium Chromebook which received positive reviews for its incredibly sharp 2560 x 1700 display, Intel® Core™ i7 2.4GHz processor, 16GB of DDR3L RAM and a blazing fast 64GB SSD. The Pixel was praised for its premium metal finish and small form factor. With two USB type C ports the Pixel ensures compatibility with future devices and the two standard USB 3.0 ports allow for interfacing with current peripherals. Critics also praised the extra long battery life which lasts around 12 hours on a single charge. Reviewers almost unanimously agreed that the Pixel, while an incredible piece of tech was extremely overpowered as ChromeOS doesn’t even nearly utilize the hardware to its full potential and the price places this Chromebook way out of reach for most users.

Score Summary

Critic Reviews

  • 90 April 22, 2015

    The Chromebook Pixel is clearly not for everyone, any more than any flagship is. It’s expensive. It pumps much more power than most people need. But as a Chromebook, it’s the best you can get. As a flagship, it’s as avant-garde as it should be--and it gives other flagships a run for their overpriced money, too.

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  • 79 April 19, 2015

    Google's Pixel is far and away the nicest Chromebook on the market and rivals the best for build quality, but it's far too expensive for a machine with such limited functionality.

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  • 83 March 11, 2015

    The new Chromebook Pixel is slightly cheaper than its predecessor, at $999, but it’s still wildly more expensive than other Chromebooks. It has almost the exact same design as the original, and thus is a beautiful machine. It still runs Chrome OS, which has advanced significantly in the past two years, but not enough to be a real replacement for what you can do on a Mac or a PC.

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  • 80 March 30, 2015

    The Pixel is most powerful, fastest and best-designed Chromebook ever made, but you don't need this much performance to run a web browser.

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Processor Intel Core i7-5500U 2.4GHz [View Benchmarks]
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 5500 [View Benchmarks]
Graphics Type Integrated
Graphics Memory Shared
Operating System Google Chrome OS Chrome OS
Weight 3.3 lbs
Battery Life 12 hours
Hard Drive 1 64 SSD
Display Size 12.85 inch
Display Type IPS
Display Resolution 2560 x 1700
Display Technology In-panel switching
Connectivity 2x USB 3.0 | USB Type-C | Dual-Band WiFi | Bluetooth 4.0
Audio Stereo speakers
Webcam 720P HD
Additional Features Backlit keyboard, SD card reader
Dimension (LxWxH) 11.7 x 8.8 x 0.6
Warranty 1 year limited warranty

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