Google’s Chromebook Pixel has never been a popular choice among consumers, the $999 starting price scaring many away. For enthusiasts however, the Pixel has always been the go to machine for the top of the line performance and overall best possible Chrome OS experience. Now, just a year and a half following its announcement, Google has decided to discontinue the product.
This comes as a bit of a surprise, as nothing has recently pointed to the machine getting the axe. Earlier this year, Google did stop selling the less expensive i5 powered model, but since then there have been no signs of the “LS” model going away.
Google confirmed the news to Venture Beat, stating that the company is “committed to the Pixel program”, but has no plans to restock the device.
It’s unclear if this means a new Pixel is on the way, but with alternative options such as the HP Chromebook 13, Acer Chromebook 14, and Dell Chromebook 13 out on the market, it makes me wonder if they even need to. The Pixel was originally meant to show consumers and manufacturers the best machine possible, but at this point, manufacturers are finally catching up.