Google Chromebook Pixel

Great laptop, shame about the missing hard drive

Image: Hugh Threlfall

Geeks are odd creatures, and I should know. They/we spend a great deal of time trying to convince others to adopt technologies they don’t need and that aren’t practical. The media is swept along by the nonsense – note the hoo-ha over wearable technology such as internet glasses and wristwatch phones, none of which will ever appeal to anyone other than, er, geeks.


This new Google computer is in many ways the finest laptop ever made, a rival to the bigger MacBook Pro range with an astonishing screen that looks as good as, or better than, an Apple Retina display. The Chromebook Pixel also has a touch screen, which, in this tablet era, laptop users will love. So far, so good, except for the principle behind it: that as we do most of our work online, there’s no need for a hard drive or downloaded software – hence they aren’t included. Call me old-fashioned, but having all your data on the internet, reachable only via a flaky radio connection, is a retrograde step. It’s a nice machine, though; pity about the missing essentials.