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Is Google's new Chromebook worth $1,000?

If you're a fan of Google's Chromebook line of laptops, you may be excited about the latest addition -- the Pixel. Stocked with advanced features, such as a high-resolution touchscreen and USB type C ports, you may be chomping at the bit to get your hands on this new piece of technology. But is it really worth it? We've put together a list of the pros and cons of Google's latest addition to the Chromebook line, so you can make a better-informed decision as to whether you want to fork out $1,000 for it.

Pros

Slim and lightweight -- who doesn't love a sleek, compact new computer that's easy to pack up and take with you? The Pixel weighs in at 3.3 pounds and is only 0.6 inches thick. If portability is something you're looking for in a laptop, then the Pixel is certainly an attractive option.

Want a hi-res screen that's more advanced than Apple's latest offering? The Pixel doesn't disappoint and surpasses the latest MacBook with a high-resolution touchscreen that is 13 inches, 239-pixel-per-inch.

For people on the go, battery life is one of the main considerations when choosing a laptop. And in this respect, the Pixel truly delivers. Not only does it promise 12 hours of battery life when fully charged, but it can also charge up to two hours of battery in just 15 minutes.

Scratching your head wondering how the Pixel's battery is able to charge so quickly? The USB Type C ports are what gives it this ability. Additionally, these ports speed up data transfers.

Cons

Price -- for a computer that relies heavily on a working Internet connection, many users may question the $999 price. With previous versions of the Chromebook cost

ing less than $200, it might be hard to justify purchasing the new version when it still has relatively limited capabilities.

When it comes to storage space, the Pixel only offers 32 and 64GB options. To help users swallow this deficiency more easily, the company is offering a free terabyte of storage on Google drive for three years. For those who want to create and edit documents on Google Docs, this is a near perfect solution. But for those who would like to actually edit and create documents on the Pixel itself, their options are limited. Downloading the familiar Microsoft Word, as well as other apps and software, is not possible.

There's little doubt that the Pixel's new features, design and capabilities are impressive. But at the end of the day, it's still a Chromebook -- meaning it will be as heavily reliant on the Internet as its predecessors. And you have to ask yourself, is a Chromebook -- regardless of features -- really worth $1,000? Ask yourself what you'd really be using it for, how often you work offline and whether you're getting good value when compared with other laptops on the market.

David Spire, president and CEO of United Systems, holds multiple professional certifications. He can be reached at 941-721-6423 or by email at david.spire@uscomputergroup.com.

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