chromebook-pixelChromebooks, introduced in 2011 at Google I/O began life with two (2) companies, Acer Inc and Samsung. For nearly two (2) years, they sat alone until HP, Lenovo and Google began selling this year. Let’s give an honorable mention to the Chromebox which entered the market in 2012.

These devices, with the exception of the Pixel, all shared one thing in common, low price. With those low prices came some decent specs, nothing worth writing home about, but specs strong enough to handle the task associated with computing in the cloud via a browser. They sold well, particularly the Samsung model, sat atop the Amazon top one-hundred (100) seller for quite some time. Even with the good price point, decent specs and ok build quality, they weren’t too mainstream.

Compare it’s popularity or lack of popularity to the early days of Star Trek the TV series (ok, I’m dating myself), but the trek following was small and outside that group, no one paid much attention. So, along comes big brother Google and they introduce the Pixel. Everything about it simply exuded excellence and all of a sudden the attention factor for Chromebooks / Chrome OS shot through the roof. Reviews after reviews hit the YouTube airwaves, sharing a common theme of it’s too expensive and not for mass consumption, it’s a developer’s laptop. You need an internet connection to be functional, it’s just a browser for goodness sakes~your productivity will be limited and other satire mentioned that I could toss in.

As time passed though, non-developers were buying the Pixel, then Google gave them to attending developers at I/O 2013. Some of those Pixels made their way to eBay and more non-developers were scooping up those quality-built laptops at bargain prices. Here we are today, some months later, no the Pixel hasn’t broken sales records, but it’s the creme de la creme of laptops (for the moment). Yet after it’s attention grabbing success, there still remains a barbershop conversation about the Pixel, what it is and who’s it for. Let’s briefly make an attempt to answer those questions.

Google Pixel is a high-end laptop for those that conduct the majority of their computing task via cloud services. Storing files, pictures and more to a remote server able to be accessed anywhere anytime. Bottom-line, Pixel provides the same functionality of it’s lower end family of Chrome devices. Pixel doesn’t pretend to be a Mac or Windows device in disguise, it’s saying to all of us, take a look at your computing habits on those other operating systems and you’ll probably find that you’re living predominantly in the cloud. So allow me (Google) to give you the best product to show how you can better the experience on a machine designed just for such.

Do you own a Google Pixel? What is it for you?