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Friday, April 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Google has come out with a high-end laptop running its Chrome OS operating system. The Chromebook Pixel has a high-resolution screen comparable to Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina display. Here's how the two stack up:

Price: The basic, Wi-Fi model of the Chromebook Pixel costs $1,299. One that can also access the LTE cellular network goes for $1,449. The comparable 13-inch MacBook Pro with high-resolution display starts at $1,499. There's no MacBook Pro with LTE.

Internet access: Both devices have built-in Wi-Fi. The Pixel comes with 12 free sessions of Gogo's Internet service on airplanes. The LTE version also comes with 100 megabytes per month of access through Verizon Wireless for two years. With no LTE MacBook, people who want cellular access will need a phone plan that lets them turn their phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, or a MiFi device that costs $100, not including cell service fees.

Storage: The basic model of the Pixel has 32 gigabytes of solid-state storage, and the LTE model has 64 gigabytes. Internal storage is not expandable. The MacBook Pro starts at 128 gigabytes. Both Pixel models offer 1 terabyte of online storage through Google Drive for three years.

Display: The Pixel has a touch-screen display that measures 12.85 inches diagonally with a resolution of 239 pixels per inch. The basic MacBook Pro has a 13.3-inch screen at 227 pixels per inch. The MacBook screen is not touch-sensitive.

Weight: The basic Pixel weighs 3.35 pounds. The lightest MacBook Pro weighs 3.57 pounds.

Ports: The Pixel has two USB 2.0 ports, compared with two faster USB 3.0 ports on the MacBook. The MacBook also has two Thunderbolt ports, which are faster than USB. Both have readers for SD and MMC storage cards. For video output, the Pixel has a mini-display port, while the MacBook has an HDMI port.

Processor: The Pixel has a 1.8 gigahertz Intel i5 processor and comes with 4 GB of working memory. The cheapest high-resolution MacBook Pro has a 2.5 gigahertz i5 processor and comes with 8 GB of working memory. Both have Intel HD Graphics 4000 cards.

Battery life: The Pixel promises five hours of active use, while the MacBook promises seven hours.

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