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Google Chromebook Pixel: What Does The Tech Press Think?

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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.

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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"

T3: 'touchscreen glory'

"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."