Blog: Review: Chromebook Pixel 2015
April 1, 2015
The Chromebook Pixel 2015A few weeks ago the new Chromebook Pixel 2015 showed up to an excited unboxing. I’m happy to report it’s basically exactly what I expected the unit would be. After getting my hands on the CR-48, the Acer AC700, and spending a fairly significant amount time with the Chromebook Pixel (First Genearation), I’m well versed in what to expect out of Chromebooks. The Pixel keeps up the proud tradition of being a really nice piece of hardware, but is hamstrung by being unable to run “anything and everything”.
Cloud Life: Week 2 – Pixel Hardware Review
April 22, 2013
While it doesn’t take two weeks to review the hardware of a laptop, I wanted to give the Chromebook Pixel a chance to strut its stuff (plus I just didn’t get around to writing anything sooner). I’ll go right ahead and say that the Pixel is a nice computer; it’s a $1,300 machine and it feels worth the price point (more or less). From the screen to the touchpad to the overall build, it’s a solid machine.
Cloud Life: Day 1 – A Pixel Arrives
April 9, 2013
I love Chrome. I’ve use Chrome exclusively for several years now and vehemently refuse to use anything else (Sorry Firefox). As such, the idea of the Chromebook has always appealed to me. Previously, I got my hands on a Cr-48 and took the Acer AC700 for a spin. So when the Chromebook Pixel was announced, I was quite excited. Though I didn’t jump right into buying one… until today.
Remote system management from the road
September 2, 2011
This post is a direct response to a comment posted on my article about the 4th Gen Macbook Air. In short, Eddie (the commenter/questioner) is looking for a little information about remote system management. Some have suggested the iPad, some say a MacBook Air, I’ve mentioned Chromebooks… So what do you use? Well, I can actually understand every perspective he mentioned. There are 3 things I take into consideration when talking about traveling sysadmins. First is: what do you need? The second is: what will work on the device? Lastly, what is actually the smallest/least amount of crap?
Hands on with the Acer AC700 Chromebook
July 19, 2011
Last week, I got my hands on one of the brand spanking new Acer AC700 Chromebooks. I purchased this one over the Samsung Series 5 because the Acer has HDMI out instead of the Samsung’s VGA-via-dongle (it’s not portable if I have to remember 300 doohickeys to attach). My first impression with the unit is a good one. It’s sleek, well designed, and light. In fact, until you open the unit up (and see the keyboard) you wouldn’t even know it was a Chromebook. Last time I played with the Cr-48, I had started to fall a little out of love with the idea of a chromebook. The AC700 doesn’t change that much. It’s nice, but not great.
Chromebook – Maybe not so excited?
June 17, 2011
I’m excited by just about any new technology, provided it isn’t the iPad. I love playing with, testing, trying out, and sometimes breaking… just about anything. I’m also a Google Fanboy (hey, at least I can admit my bias) and run Chrome/Chromium. So the idea of a Chromebook was SUPER COOL in my book. So after they announced the impending release of Chromebooks, I got my hands on a Cr-48. I used it almost exclusively for several days and while I was initially excited, I found myself slowly returning to my old ways.
Tablet or Chromebook? That is the question
June 15, 2011
Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fifteenth of June, and we will once again be fighting for our freedom… not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from Operating Systems! Ok… maybe not. But today does mark the official release/sale of the Chromebook. I’ve order a couple of the Acer Chomia Chromebook’s for the office (I prefer the HDMI output) and I’m really quite excited to get them and give them a spin. While I recently spent a bit of time futzing with a Cr-48 Chromebook, I found that it seemed to cross over with my usage of my Xoom tablet. So I asked myself, if I only had one or the other — which would I pick… and why?
MiFi vs Device Independent 3G
May 17, 2011
Last week I had a quiet night of testing the Cr-48 while I was DSL-less. Even though I lacked traditional broadband access, I still had plenty of high(ish) speed net access in the form of Verizon 3G devices. To be exact I had out on my desk (and was actively using the data service on all of the devices): a Cr-48, a Motorola Xoom, and a Motorola Droid 2. At some point I paused and realized that it costs money to maintain internet on all these devices… and there could be cheaper options; namely a MiFi.
Futzing with a Cr-48/Chromebook
May 13, 2011
Since the Chromebooks are coming, and they look SUPER cool, I thought it was about time I spent some serious time playing with a Chromebook. While I didn’t get into the beta, a buddy of mine at work did, and has been keeping his Cr-48 at work; he was kind enough to loan it to me, and thus I bring you this post. The Chromebook, sporting 3G, combined with my DSL being out for the day (as part of my transition to Sonic.net) made for a perfect storm of real world testing. So as is my style, I bring you my review of the device, typed up on the device.