Chromebooks have grown into an extremely popular laptop choice for many consumers, and it makes sense when you consider the amount of options that are out on the market to purchase and that most of them carry a pretty low price tag. Where Chromebooks didn't make sense for most people that may have been looking into buying one was with Google's Chromebook Pixel units. Although they were the cream of the crop when it comes to laptops running Google's Chrome OS, they weren't cheap, which more or less kept them off limits for the average consumer. This was all well and good as the Pixel was never meant for this particular consumer bracket in the first place, but rather developers and those who simply wanted a high-powered Chromebook laptop that could handle most of whatever was thrown at it.
In 2015, Google launched the second generation of the Chromebook Pixel laptop and offered it in two different models. One that started at a cost of $999 and came with 32GB of SSD storage and 8GB of RAM, and a second model priced at $1,299 that had 64GB of SSD storage and 16GB of RAM. The former is no longer available from Google as it appears they have now discontinued the $999 unit from the Google Store.
This follows the quiet and yet perhaps somewhat expected demise of the Nexus 9 tablet on the Google store just earlier this week, and although the $999 model has been discontinued those who are interested can still shell out a few extra hundred bucks to pick up the one with more storage and RAM. If you're looking for a touchscreen or another Chromebook with a metal-clad body design which was part of the appeal of the Chromebook Pixel, there are other touch-enabled Chromebooks out there at a fraction of the cost, and HP just announced a metal body Chromebook 13 today that starts at a price of $499. Google even helped collaborate on the design of HP's new Chromebook offering which may have had something to do with the metal used for the body material. In any case, it's definitely sleek and might be the next best thing to the Pixel model that's still available if you aren't willing to pay $1,300 for a Chrome OS laptop, and it's slated for launch at the end of this week.