1 Huge Flaw That Could Crush Sales of the Chromebook Pixel

Each day brings fresh proof that Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) wants to be more like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) . File the new Chromebook Pixel as the latest piece of evidence.

Sporting a shiny aluminum casing and sharp details, Google's latest attempt to get consumers to do 100% of their computing on the Web is, at $1,299, marginally more expensive than Apple's entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro and a similarly configured MacBook Air.

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  • Report this Comment On February 26, 2013, at 1:25 AM, ReadyToPlay wrote:

    You are right. 4GB is way too low for this price range. And it would not have cost much more to make it 8GM.

  • Report this Comment On February 27, 2013, at 5:25 AM, AG4IT wrote:

    I must admit to being stumped by Google's strategy here. I think the Chromebook concept has value, especially for certain types of computer users. I just don't see the purpose of a premium-priced version. Google still has work to do convincing people to accept the whole Chrome OS concept.

    Promoting the line of reasonably-priced Chromebooks is the smarter play. A device that's easy to use, easy to manage and boots up fast can be very appealing. There are even solutions for accessing Windows applications. For example, Ericom AccessNow is an HTML5 RDP client that enables Chromebook users to connect to Terminal Server or VDI virtual desktops, and run Windows applications or desktops in a browser tab. So AccessNow can help make Chromebooks more viable for business use, even if it's just the case of enabling employees to access work applications from home.

    Click here for a live interactive demo:

    http://www.ericom.com/demo_AccessNow.asp?URL_ID=708

    Please note that I work for Ericom

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