It’s no secret that Linux forefather Linus Torvalds is a pixel density enthusiast. He railed against the poor resolution of most laptop screens late last year, saying 2560 x 1600 should be the standard. Well, according to Torvalds’ Google+ posting, he has acquired a Chromebook Pixel, and it’s everything he’s ever wanted in a laptop. In fact, he plans to make it his main laptop.
Torvalds called the Pixel’s screen “beautiful” before expanding on that assessment. The screen on the Pixel shows how stagnant PC laptop hardware has become, according to Torvalds. He places the blame for poor PC sales squarely on the manufacturers and their recycled designs (most of which top out at 1080p resolution).
The resolution of the Pixel is bonkers at 2560 x 1700, which is 239ppi. Unlike most laptop screens, this is a square-ish 3:2 ratio. Torvalds doesn’t mind, though. It turns out he hates widescreen panels.
So the Linux godfather loves the Pixel’s screen, but what about Chrome OS? Well, let’s just say that Google won’t be drawing attention to Torvalds as marketing for the Pixel. After testing the device with Chrome OS, Torvalds plans to install a distro of Linux on the Pixel’s 32GB SSD drive. It’s nice that the hardware is open enough to allow such an operation.
If Torvalds has one complaint about the Pixel, it’s that the weight is a little much. Google’s newest Chromebook weighs 3.35 lbs (1.52 kg), but Torvalds is of the opinion that a laptop should top out at about 1 kg. Linus Torvalds may have been able to justify the price of the Chromebook Pixel, but most users will be tripped up by the $1300 price tag. The screen is good, but is it that good?
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