5. Google Pixel
There are currently five Chromebook models ranging in cost from $199 to $1,449. The newest, coolest and most expensive is Google's own. The Chromebook Pixel lists for $1,299 with Wi-Fi or $1,449 with LTE and a 64-GB SSD. For its relatively steep price tag, Pixel delivers a 12.9-inch display with a 0.55mm thin multitouch layer that's fused directly to its 2,560-x-1,700 pixel LCD. It also includes 4 GB of memory, a 32-GB SSD, two USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, an SD/MMC card reader and DisplayPort output. The Pixel boasts 239 pixels-per-inch (Apple's Retina delivers 227 ppi). Just 0.64 inches thin, the Pixel is 0.11 inches thinner than MacBook Pro and more than a quarter-pound lighter. Pixel is surrounded by a machined metal enclosure, a polished glass touchpad and a piano hinge that doubles as a heatsink and triples as a Wi-Fi antenna. Google's machine includes 1 TB of Google Drive storage for three years. It's built around a non-Haswell Intel Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core processor.