MacBook Pro (Retina Display) vs. Chromebook Pixel on video

Summary:The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the new Chromebook Pixel by Google have the best displays on any laptops. We put them side-by-side to show what may be the two best designed laptops currently available.

Apple shook up the laptop space with the introduction of the MacBook Pro with the Retina Display. This high-resolution display is fantastic, and Apple recently brought it to the 13-inch form. Google is aiming squarely for the Retina Display with its brand new Chromebook Pixel.

The 2560x1700 resolution display on the Pixel is breath-taking, and Google has added touch to it. The display must be seen to be appreciated, and while that must be done in person we've captured it on video side-by-side with the MacBook Pro.

See also:  Chromebook Pixel hands on (photos)  |  Why I bought a MacBook Air  | The Chromebook Pixel cost me a lot of money

The Chromebook Pixel is as well designed and engineered as the MacBook Pro, an accomplishment for Google. The Pixel is nicely fitted with performance components evidenced when you compare it to the MacBook Pro.

Hardware Specs (as shown) compared:

  MacBook Pro Chromebook Pixel
CPU Intel Core i5, 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5, 1.8 GHz
Memory/storage 8GB; 256GB 4GB; 64GB
Display 13.3-inch; 2650x1600 12.85-inch; 2560x1700; touch enabled
Trackpad Glass; multi-touch Glass; multi-touch
Construction Aluminum unibody Seamless aluminum
Connectivity Wi-Fi; Bluetooth Wi-Fi; Bluetooth; 4G LTE (Verizon)
Price $1699 as shown $1449 as shown

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Google, Laptops


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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