Google officially announced the Chromebook Pixel and despite the decent set of specs, it is hard to ignore the price tag. We covered the Chromebook Pixel here in this post, however for those who missed that — the price is $1,299 for the Wi-Fi only model and $1,499 for a model equipped with LTE. The LTE model also has double the storage as compared to the Wi-Fi only model, but that is beside the point. The point here is that these are some expensive Chromebooks.
There are some that felt the current line of Chromebooks were expensive given they are basically a browser and, when you bump that price up to well over a grand — that must become almost unthinkable. And yes, we realize the specs are supposed to make up for that price bump. Still, we are talking Chrome OS here. Price ranting aside, lets shift the focus over to trying to justify the cost.
We saw this done with the previous model Chromebooks. Trying to justify the price by adding in the extra perks. The Chromebook Pixel includes two freebies — GoGo Inflight Internet and Google Drive cloud storage. We realize the GoGo access may not be as good for those who rarely travel, however that is a $168 perk (based on a GoGo Inflight all-day pass cost of $14). The other and the more beneficial here is the Drive storage. Those who purchase the Chromebook Pixel will get 1TB of free storage for three years. This amount of storage is $49.99, which when looked at over the cost of three years is $1,799.64.
Granted, we couldn’t logically say that you should buy the Chromebook Pixel just because of the free storage. But if you happen to have a 1TB account with Google or have been considering upgrading to that — the Chromebook Pixel may be worthy of consideration. After all, the storage when combined with the GoGo comes to $1,967.64. Not a bad deal in that respect. Nonetheless, even when justifying the cost by considering the extras, it somehow may feel nicer to buy multiple regular Chromebooks and give them away to friends and family. But really, that last thought only comes because we are not using 1TB of Google Drive storage.