Chrome OS has been overshadowed for years by Android's success. But with the arrival of the $1,299 Chromebook Pixel, Google's browser-based operating system can get over some of its inferiority complex.
The high-end laptop -- the first Chromebook designed by Google rather than its partners -- brings refined hardware to Chrome OS. It's got a sleek and thin body, an excellent touch pad, a backlit keyboard, and reasonable performance. But its multitouch-capable screen, with enough pixels to match Apple's Retina Display, is spectacular.