This laptop is a luxury item, both in its quality and its superfluous nature. The screen is truly beautiful, and the touchscreen works exceptionally well, especially once some of the flagged experimental options are activated. The touchpad and the keyboard are also the best I have used. Battery life is 5 hours as advertised, and can be stretched further if you need it to. Start-up is almost instant, and the system works extremely quickly and quietly. Despite this, I would recommend it to virtually nobody, as the question comes down to whether ChromeOS works for you.
- Do you spend most of your time in a browser?
- Is google docs a good enough replacement for Microsoft Office?
- Can you do without programmes such as Skype and Photoshop? (Equivalents, albeit not as powerful, can be found in the Web Store)
- Do you use Google Music, or another web-based programme to listen to your music?
- Do you have a web-enabled printer, or have another computer from which to print?
- Do you use other google services - Drive, Gmail etc?
- Do you have a fast and reliable internet connection, and are you happy for your files to be stored online?
If the answer to those questions is yes, or you have another Windows/MacOS computer that can handle the functions that the Pixel cannot, and if you are prepared to spend a large amount of money for the luxury of the build quality, the speed, and most of all the screen, then this device MIGHT make sense.
For me, it does, and I consistently enjoy using it, much more than my windows devices. For that reason it is a five-star device, but in the same way that a sports car might be five-star - you shouldn't buy it if you have children, no other car, and need to carry building supplies in it.
This is a fantastic computer - for the right person.