Google's original Chromebook Pixel was a beautiful, wonderful laptop. It was also absurdly expensive—so pricey that it became a tech nerd joke. Now Google's following it up with the Pixel 2, and surprise: it's better, cheaper, and dangerously close to buyable.
What Is It?
The Pixel is a Chromebook in its most perfect form. It's an impeccably designed, damned handsome laptop with a 2560 x 1700 resolution touchscreen, 8GB of RAM and a 5th gen Intel Core i5 processor in the $1,000 base configuration. An even crazier $1,300 version (the Pixel's original price point) is available with a Core i7 and 16GB of RAM. Both are available today from Google's new online store. Both seem like overkill for a machine that's primarily a web browser.