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Google’s Chromebook Pixel Knows Which Port is King

Google, a VESA Member Company, is showing off their latest creation for the technology power user, the Chromebook Pixel. If you haven’t seen the device yet, let us assure you it’s a beauty! Designed particularly with the technology power user in mind, the latest Chromebook laptop runs Chrome OS and is one of the first high-resolution touchscreen laptops on the market. The image resolution on this device is really impressive, coming in at 2560 x 1700 pixels on the 12-inch display, for an astounding 239 pixels-per-inch. The high-resolution screen is where the device gets its “Pixel” name. Google touts that with this device, “you will never see another pixel in your life.” Imagine that?

The display performance of this device is so important that it’s even in the name, so it’s no wonder that Google opted to make this a DisplayPort-only device for the external display connection. Some of you may be asking “where is the HDMI port?” By using DisplayPort, the HDMI output becomes obsolete since simple adaptors can be used for HDMI and VGA displays. The DisplayPort output also allows high-performance DisplayPort-enabled displays to be connected. DisplayPort has the ability to support very high display resolutions, color depths, and refresh rates when compared to the other display types. The end result is a better visual experience all through the one DisplayPort interface. Choosing to only include DisplayPort also helps to make this one of the lightest laptops we’ve seen.

Over the last twelve months, the number of certified DisplayPort products has increased by 80 percent, further establishing the DisplayPort ecosystem. With last year’s growth in DisplayPort products, VESA expects to see a continued influx in DisplayPort-only products coming to the market. In fact, in the first months of 2013, we have already seen DisplayPort-only products hit the market from Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft and now Google.

Want a closer look at the new Google Chromebook Pixel? Check out this video from Engadget for a virtual hands-on.