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New Chromebook Pixel Has Hidden Konami Code Easter Egg

By - Source: Wired | B 27 comments

Up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-B-A unlocks a special surprise on Google's newest laptop.

Google yesterday announced a brand new iteration of Chromebook dubbed the Pixel. While previous models have been all about the cloud and value, the Pixel is a more of a premium machine. Still, it seems Google didn't give away everything about the Pixel when it announced the laptop yesterday.

 

According to Wired, the laptop has a Konami code Easter egg. Users who punch in the well-known Konami code will be treated to a display of flashing colored lights on the laptop's lid. No word on who incorporated this neat little piece of up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-B-A action into the Pixel or if this is the only Easter egg. We imagine we'll know once more people get their hands on the device.

Priced at just under $1,300, the Chromebook Pixel packs 4.3 million pixels into a 12.85-inch 2560 x 1700 display for a PPI of 239. Google boasts that this is the highest pixel density of any laptop on the market today. Display aside, the laptop runs on an Intel Core i5 processor (dual core, clocked to 1.8GHz) with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4 GB DDR3 RAM 32 GB Solid State Drive with 1TB of free cloud storage (though it's only good for three years), 2 x USB 2.0 ports, HD Webcam, a clickable glass trackpad, a backlit keyboard, dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2, Bluetooth 3.0 and optional LTE.

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    ericburnby , February 23, 2013 8:36 PM
    I wasted $1,300 for a browser and all I got was an Easter Egg.
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    lasaldude , February 23, 2013 4:21 PM
    jkflipflop98Sometimes they threw the "Select, Start" on the end as well. Wasn't always needed, though.


    Select, Start, is for 2 players with 30 lives! Regular B, A, B, A Start was for single player.
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    gerohmygosh , February 23, 2013 3:18 PM
    Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, B, A... The only way I could beat Batman Returns when I was 4.
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    jkflipflop98 , February 23, 2013 3:38 PM
    Sometimes they threw the "Select, Start" on the end as well. Wasn't always needed, though.
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    NightLight , February 23, 2013 4:11 PM
    hehehe nice touch :) 
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    lasaldude , February 23, 2013 4:21 PM
    jkflipflop98Sometimes they threw the "Select, Start" on the end as well. Wasn't always needed, though.


    Select, Start, is for 2 players with 30 lives! Regular B, A, B, A Start was for single player.
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    itchyisvegeta , February 23, 2013 4:46 PM
    just one B A, not B A B A.
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    shadowfamicom , February 23, 2013 4:48 PM
    lasaldudeSelect, Start, is for 2 players with 30 lives! Regular B, A, B, A Start was for single player.


    This guy knows his stuff! As select would move number of players option at the title screen to 2 players.
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    Uberragen21 , February 23, 2013 5:14 PM
    I suspect with that kind of resolution and only the HD4000 IGP any type of graphics will suffer, including HD internet video. Even Apple refused to run their MacBook Pro Retina off the HD4000 IGP.
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    omarccx , February 23, 2013 5:42 PM
    Uberragen21I suspect with that kind of resolution and only the HD4000 IGP any type of graphics will suffer, including HD internet video. Even Apple refused to run their MacBook Pro Retina off the HD4000 IGP.

    The 13" Retina MBP runs 2560x1600 on HD4000.
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    Uberragen21 , February 23, 2013 5:55 PM
    omarccxThe 13" Retina MBP runs 2560x1600 on HD4000.

    That's true. I was thinking of the 15" when I made that comment.
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2013 6:02 PM
    Dumb to have stuff like this. You might think whats the big deal. But think, thats a code hoook that examines every keystroke for a code match. Its a perpetual delay on your key strokes, a perpetual load on your processor. Sure its not much of a load, but its still stupid to have a worthless load like this forever.
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    Gundam288 , February 23, 2013 7:12 PM
    sdflkjkl2jkljskljkDumb to have stuff like this. You might think whats the big deal. But think, thats a code hoook that examines every keystroke for a code match. Its a perpetual delay on your key strokes, a perpetual load on your processor. Sure its not much of a load, but its still stupid to have a worthless load like this forever.

    Don't like it? reformat the HDD and put another OS on it.

    Personally, I like it. It could be a cool thing to show off to people if they ask about your Chromebook.
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    assasin32 , February 23, 2013 8:27 PM
    Personally I think they went overboard with the high end part of this for the OS. But to each their own, I am very happy with my ARM based Samsung Chromebook and I hope that this one succeeds as well. I wouldn't mind seeing more success for Chromebooks it's actually a great OS if you just want something basic and easy to use.
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    ericburnby , February 23, 2013 8:36 PM
    I wasted $1,300 for a browser and all I got was an Easter Egg.
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2013 9:05 PM
    No USB 3.0, no thunderbolt, and $1300.00, OMG and Intel HD 4000 graphics! That cost is just 100 less as a 13 in macbook pro with a retna display at microcenter, and the macbook pro has 2 thunderbolt ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports, and a 128 GB SSD drive! The macbook pro also has Intel HD grphics 4000 but with its thunderbolt ports you could add an external GPU expansion box to the mac and still have one free thunderbolt Port! What does the cromebook have that makes is cost almost as much as a low end Macbook pro retna, maybe a free shag wit a supermodel! I'll drop the extra C-note and get the Mac!
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    Azn Cracker , February 23, 2013 9:07 PM
    still not buying it
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    COLGeek , February 23, 2013 10:38 PM
    Wow, that makes the $1300 price tag so much more of a bargain and will surely increase sales!
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    nieur , February 23, 2013 10:49 PM
    Can we install Windows on this machine?
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    tobalaz , February 23, 2013 11:53 PM
    And I thought Disney slipping the Konami code into "Wreck it Ralph" was a pretty cool nod to people from my generation.
    Gotta love geek humor.
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    axehand13 , February 24, 2013 12:09 AM
    Does it give you a 30 year warranty instead of 1 year if you type the code in?
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    axehand13 , February 24, 2013 12:10 AM
    Kinda makes you want to play the original contra game.
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