Pixel vs MacBook vs Pi
When I read about the specs of the new MacBook, I was quite shocked. In order to make it maybe a bit simpler for people to decide whether or not a certain price for a certain product is reasonable, I thought I might help a little bit with decision making by coming up with some comparison. So, here it is. The comparison of the Google Chromebook Pixel, the Apple MacBook and the Raspberry Pi. Uh, Raspberry Pi? Yes.
|Device||Apple MacBook||Google Chromebook Pixel||Raspberry Pi 2|
|Case||Width||280.5 mm||297.7 mm||n/a|
|Depth||196.50 mm||224.55 mm|
|Height||13.1 mm||15.3 mm|
|Weight||0.92 kg||1.5 kg|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics||Broadcom VideoCore IV|
|Flash Storage (GB)||256||512||32||64||16||128|
|Runtime||Up to 10 hours||Up to 12 hours|
|Max Cons.||?||700 ma|
|Resolution||2304 × 1440||2560 × 1700|
|1440 × 900
1280 × 800
1024 × 640
|HDMI||Ports||via USB Type-C (Adapter sold separately)||1|
|Max Resolution||3840 × 2160||3840 × 2160 (?)||1920 × 1200|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.0||no||Bluetooth 4.0|
|Network||Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||no||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Ethernet||n/a||RJ-45 100 MBit/s|
|Native Operating System||Mac OS X Yosemite||Google Chrome OS||Misc|
|Price||$1299||$1599||$999||$1299||ca. $60||ca. $100|
Compared with what you get, Apple seems totally overpriced. And I’m not talking of the overpriced as usual. The MacBook is a stupid rip-off. 480p camera? Intel Core M CPU? Only one USB port? Apple, ARE YOU SERIOUS?!
The lack of 1920 × 1080 as a scaled resolution also is a no-go. These days 1920 × 1080 is the perfect resolution for creating screen casts. And according to the specs, the MacBook simply doesn’t support it.
Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)
The Google Chromebook Pixel makes a solid, decent impression. The only flaw is the poor camera: A 720p camera is not appropriate for a mid-range device in 2015.
Raspberry Pi 2
Of course, the comparison is strange. But it opens your eyes about where the money goes. Are the Intel CPU/GPU, the RAM, the case, the display really worth that much? Are they needed? The performance attributes of the Raspberry Pi 2 are that of a netbook - but so are those of the Apple MacBook.
Sources of information
- Apple MacBook
- Apple MacBook Tech Specs (Apple)
- Google Chromebook Pixel
- Google Chromebook Pixel Tech specs (Google)
- Raspberry Pi
- Raspberri Pi (Wikipedia)
- Changed battery runtime for Apple MacBook from 12 hours to 10 hours, as this is what http://www.apple.com/macbook/specs/ says.