Its clear that the Chromebook Pixel, in either its newer or older rendition, is a stretch on what one should pay for a Chromebook. But, in broad view, is the new MacBook all that much different?

Its no argument that the new MacBook might be a tad underpowered to cost $1300, whilst only coming in with a measly 1.1-1.3 GHz Intel Core M processor, and minimal options in terms of memory and storage. One could even argue that it’s essentially an iPad with a keyboard that runs OS X. And, on top of that, for the same price, one could obtain a 13 inch MacBook Air with better specifications and even better battery life.

The same could be said about the Chromebook Pixel. Due to the operating system, performance is somewhat limited, and the onboard space somewhat constricting.

But there is no question that both of these computers are redefining what a notebook can be. Throughout the Apple Keynote, Tim Cook and others frequently mention the MacBook changing the standard for notebooks, and thats exactly what it is designed to do.

The notebook isn’t designed to be a beast of a machine meant to beat out even the higher end MacBook Airs, but what it is designed to do is change the way people look at the notebook; essentially breathing new life into the category. The design feat behind making a logic board 67% smaller, a trackpad taken quite literally to a new dimension, evenly pressed keys that are evenly lit, and designing a battery to contour with a curved edge will set the bar to a new level, facilitating room for implementation for newer models to come. Not to mention, the mere aesthetics of the device are enough to turn heads.

In my view, the MacBook isn’t designed to dominate markets as much as it is designed to generate a template for further technological innovations to come. In a way, it marks a change in the direction of what Apple computers are, and what they will be.

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