2) Chrome OS is simple, slick, and speedy
I've used a Chromebox in the past, so the Pixel wasn't my first experience with Google's Chrome OS. The difference between the two experiences was like night and day. The Chromebox was design to work with disparate hardware; as such, that hardware didn't always work quite as well along with the Chrome OS as it did with the software it was designed for.
The Chromebook Pixel is Chrome OS at its best, and it really shows. The machine is lightning-fast and Mack-Truck powerful.
It starts up and shuts down in seconds, with no delay whatsoever. New windows and Chrome apps launch instantaneously. As long as I've had a strong Wi-Fi signal, I've never seen the machine "struggle" at all while running multiple apps or streaming content..
3) Chromebook Pixel and Google services: A match made in heaven
The Chromebook is designed to work with Google's popular Web services, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google's Hangouts chat app and the various Google Play media options. Pixel's integration with these services is seamless and simple. Log in to your Pixel using a Google account and you have access to all of you Google services.
I use Gmail every day, and since I got the Chromebook Pixel, I've started using Google Drive instead of Dropbox and Box, which I used to use frequently. I also use the Chrome browser on all my devices now, and my settings and bookmarks all sync across PCs, tablets and smartphones.
Chrome apps run in your browser. You can access Gmail, Drive and Google's other services in just about any browser, on any machine. But you're already logged in to all of them when you fire up the Pixel. And you can create multiple user accounts; for example, you and your spouse can quickly log in and out of your Google accounts and instantly have access to your individual services and settings.
People who don't use many Google services might not see the same value as I do, but the Chromebook Pixel is built to work along with the company's various offerings, and there's no better way to get the most out of Google than with the Pixel.
4) Chromebook Pixel's display is a dream
The Chromebook Pixel's display is its true crown jewel. The 12.85-inch screen is composed of 4.3 million pixels, giving it "the highest pixel density of any laptop," according to Google. That's 239 pixels per inch. (Google says the displays on "other leading laptops" have just 118 pixels per inch.) A 3:2 photographic format and 178-degree viewing angle help ensure that you can see your content vividly from a variety of angles, the way it was intended to be seen.
That about sums up Google's hype. But the bottom line is that the display really delivers. It's beautiful and crisp, colors are warm and true to life, and you can't see the slightest bit of pixilation, even if you try.
The display is touch-sensitive and extremely responsive. I was new to the touchscreen laptop form factor when I first started using the Pixel, but now I find myself frequently using the screen to scroll through pages when I'm reading or researching stories. In additional to rapid scrolling, you can use the touchscreen to zoom in and out with precision. And you can quickly swipe through pages in a document or an eBook.
The top-of-the-line display comes at a price, though. (More on that in the next section.)
That's a lot to like about the Chromebook Pixel, but on the flip side of the coin.....
Why I hate the Chromebook Pixel
1) Chromebook Pixel battery life is unfortunate
The Chromebook Pixel is designed for use on the go. Everything about its design is meant to make the machine more portable. Its dependence on cloud services makes it well-suited for people who work in many different environments.