Since the first model launched in 2013 with a $1299 price tag, the Google Chromebook Pixel has always been the most expensive Chrome OS laptop money could buy. But in 2015 the company eased the pain a bit by introducing a new model with a starting price of $999.
Now that model is out of stock… and a Google representative tells me the company has no plans of re-stocking the $999 Chromebook Pixel with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.
You can still buy a $1299 model with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 64GB of storage though.
While Chromebooks generally have a reputation as cheap laptops with mediocre specs, the Chromebook Pixel has always been a high-end notebook with a high-quality display, sturdy build quality, and other premium touches.
But the Chromebook Pixel isn’t the only option for those in the market for a premium Chromebook anymore.
The Dell Chromebook 13 is a business-centric model with a starting price of $429 for a model with a Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, and a full HD display. Dell also offers higher-priced models with optional touchscreens, up to a Core i5 processor, and up to 8GB of RAM.
This week HP also launched its own Chromebook 13 with prices ranging from $499 to $1029, a 3200 x 1800 pixel display, support for up to 16GB of RAM, and up to a Core m7 processor.
Or you could buy a first-gen (2013) Chromebook Pixel from Expansys for $400. It has just 4GB of RAM and a 3rd-gen Intel Core i5 “Ivy Bridge” processor rather than a 5th-gen “Broadwell” chip like those used in the 2015 models. But it still has a 12.85 inch, 2560 x 1700 pixel touchscreen display, 32GB of storage, and an excellent keyboard and touchpad.