Google unveiled the Chromebook Pixel on Thursday, its first 'premium' laptop running the pared-down Chrome OS.
Unlike previous cut-price Chromebooks, the svelte machine runs a powerful i5 processor, Intel HD 4000 graphics and 4GB of RAM, has a terabyte of cloud storage and an excellent 11-inch, 2560 x 1700 pixels touchscreen.
Above: the Chromebook Pixel
But while it's undoubtedly a powerful machine, it's got its limitations - namely the operating system.
Chrome OS is a minimalist, web-focused OS which runs mainly online applications such as Gmail and Google Docs.
It's also not cheap. The 32GB model will cost £1,049 in the UK, while the LTE model available in the States is even pricier.
So what has the tech press made of this machine so far?
The Verge: It Could Be A Hard Sell'
"The Chromebook Pixel is clearly a premium laptop, but that's also an incredibly steep price for a device that primarily runs just the web and web applications on a relatively new OS... particularly when it also has a screen with an unfamiliar resolution and aspect ratio that developers will need to target."
Engadget: 'An attempt to rethink everything'
"We can't say that the touchscreen notebook is a stark departure from the category's norm, but it certainly feels like a solid piece of kit. Weighing in at 3.35 pounds, the Chromebook Pixel's unibody frame looks and feels somewhat like a MacBook Pro"
"Google's had a carte-blanche when it comes to the design and it's gone all out on the detail... the result is a super sleek slim laptop and a far cry from the slightly cheap-feel of previous Chromebooks."
PC Mag: 'not enough apps'
"For now, my recommendation would be to try out the Pixel, if possible, and see if the hardware justifies the purchase. But if you're interested in a Chromebook, my advice would be to buy one of the older, cheaper models first, and then see how the Pixel evolves."
Gizmodo: 'perfect for certain users'
"The OS itself may be seen as restrictive--standalone programs are a no go--but for those of us that use our laptops primarily as on-line terminals rather than traditional desktops, these limitations are hardly noticeable."
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