Google has come out with a high-end laptop running its Chrome OS
operating system. The Chromebook Pixel has a high-resolution screen
comparable to Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina display. Here's how the
two laptops stack up
The basic, Wi-Fi model of the Chromebook
Pixel costs $1,299. One that can also access the LTE cellular network
goes for $1,449. The comparable, 13-inch MacBook Pro with
high-resolution display starts at $1,499. There's no MacBook Pro with
Both devices have built-in Wi-Fi. The Pixel
comes with 12 free sessions of Gogo's Internet service on airplanes. The
LTE version also comes with 100 megabytes per month of access through
Verizon Wireless for two years. Because there's no LTE MacBook, people
who want cellular access will need a phone plan that lets them turn
their phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, or a MiFi device that costs roughly
$100, not including cellular service fees.
model of the Pixel has 32 gigabytes of solid-state storage, and the LTE
model has 64 gigabytes. Internal storage is not expandable. The MacBook
Pro starts at 128 gigabytes. There are MacBook models with even more
storage, up to 768 gigabytes. Both Pixel models come with 1 terabyte of
online storage through Google Drive for three years.
Pixel has a touch-screen display that measures 12.85 inches diagonally
and has a resolution of 239 pixels per inch. The basic MacBook Pro has a
13.3-inch screen at 227 pixels per inch. A 15.4-inch MacBook, at 220
pixels per inch, is also available for several hundred dollars more. The
MacBook's screen isn't touch-sensitive.
The basic Pixel weighs 3.35 pounds, compared with the lightest MacBook Pro at 3.57 pounds.
The Pixel has two USB 2.0 ports, compared with two faster USB 3.0 ports
on the MacBook. The MacBook also has two Thunderbolt ports, which are
faster than USB. Both have readers for SD and MMC storage cards. For
video output, the Pixel has a mini-display port, while the MacBook has
an HDMI port.
The Pixel has a 1.8 gigahertz Intel i5
processor and comes with 4 GB of working memory. The cheapest
high-resolution MacBook Pro has a 2.5 gigahertz i5 processor and comes
with 8 GB of working memory. Both have Intel HD Graphics 4000 cards.
The Pixel promises five hours of active use, while the MacBook promises seven hours.