Google Pixelbook Review
Google Pixelbook Review – The high performance Chromebook.
Use Google Pixelbook as a laptop, or watch your favorite shows. Fold it into a tablet, or stand it up. Pixelbook’s unibody is 10.3 mm thin, and ready to go with an all-day battery.
Use your voice, press the Assistant key, or circle with Google Pixelbook Pen to get help from Google Assistant. Ask questions, control your music or videos and more, all with a simple voice command. The Google Assistant is only a key away, so you can type to get help whenever you need it.
With Pixelbook Pen, press and hold the button. Then circle images or text to get answers or take action.
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|Dimensions||Length: 11.4 in (290.4 mm)|
Width: 8.7 in (220.8 mm)
Height: 0.4 in (10.3 mm)
|Weight||1.1 kg (2.4 lbs)|
|Display||12.3" 2400x1600 (235 ppi) Quad HD LCD Touchscreen|
72% NTSC color
|CPU||7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 or i7|
|Memory||128GB, 256GB, or 512GB (which also supports NVME) Solid State Drive|
8GB or 16GB RAM
|Primary Camera||720p @ 60FPS|
|Ports||Two USB-Cs for charging, 4K display output|
|WLAN||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2x2 (MIMO), dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)|
Ambient Light Sensor
Hall Effect Sensor
|Battery||41 Whr battery|
45W charger (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A)
USB-C™ 45W adaptor that also works with Pixel phones
The Google Pixelbook’s aesthetics, performance and display are great for a Chromebook, but they also stack up well against Windows- and iOS-powered competitors. If not for its higher price and subpar battery life, the Pixelbook would be an easy recommendation.
You can save $500 and gain more than an hour of battery life with the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA, but that machine isn’t as fast or nearly as sexy (but what Chromebook is?). For the same price as the $1,299 Pixelbook with its Pen, you can get the much faster Lenovo Yoga 920and the additional functionalities of Windows 10 (though, if you’re looking for a Chromebook, you probably prefer Google’s OS). And with the addition of its Keyboard Cover and Pencil, the iPad Pro is a comparable $1,290 and offers a far brighter display and iOS 11, which is built for increased productivity.
But if money’s no option, the Google Pixel is the best damn Chrome OS machine you’ll find because it provides a level of usability, performance and style you won’t find on any other Chromebook.
The question is the same one we asked of the Chromebook Pixel: Is it worth spending $1,000 on a laptop running Chrome OS? The answer this time is different: Yes… with a couple of caveats.
Photo and video editors as well as serious gamers will still need to look at more traditional options. But, anyone else looking for a high-quality laptop should give it real consideration. In the last two and a half years, Chromebooks have become more popular and many essential services work perfectly well in a browser. Plus, Android apps on Chrome are finally a real and useful thing
Look, computers with this level of design and specs don’t come cheap. The Google Pixelbook is among the best laptops I’ve used in a long time. It’s thin, light, fanless, powerful, comfortable to use and beautiful to look at. Unless you need a full-featured Mac or Windows PC, the Google Pixelbook is worth the price.
When I think about whether the Google Pixelbook could reasonably replace a MacBook or a Windows laptop, my gut says that, for most people, the answer is “no.” To solve the “last 10 percent” on a Pixelbook, you really have to be very savvy about how to navigate the different computing paradigms of Chrome and Android to make the whole thing work — and even then, it’s not easy. Unless you’re an expert in the ways of both the web and Android, it shouldn’t be your only computer.
If I were Apple or Microsoft, I would be thinking a lot about the generation of students who are savvy with Chromebooks and Android apps, and who might just want the same thing they’re used to from their classroom, just in a much nicer package. I don’t know that it’ll happen this year, though.
Honestly, I think the iPad Pro is a better comparison. On both devices, you can get quite a lot more done than you’d expect, but you have to deeply understand how the platform works to get there. And if you’re debating between them, here’s the TL;DR: the iPad Pro has better apps, is a tablet-first device, and has a worse web browser. The Pixelbook has worse apps, is a laptop-first device, and has a better web browser.
Just like the iPad Pro, the Google Pixelbook is an incredibly nice and powerful machine that can handle most of your computing tasks — but probably not all of them.
Not all Chromebooks have to be simple and cheap. They can also be powerful and chic, and the Google Pixelbook is the leading example.
If your computer activity revolves around using a browser, the Google Pixelbook is great notebook for work or school. It’s also good for personal sctivities such as watching movies and sketching. Still, it’s difficult to justify the Pixelbook’s price when cheaper, capable Chromebooks exist. For example,has a high-res screen, comes with a stylus, 360-degree hinge and has access to Android apps, all for about half the price. And while the Google Play store continues to grow, the support for Android apps on devices with large screens is still lacking.
And if you’re comfortable spending this much on a new laptop, high-design examples like the Dell XPS 13 ($1,699.99 at Dell, Inc.) or HP Spectre ($1,198.00 at Amazon.com) can be configured around the same price with similar specs, plus access to the endless world of Windows apps, including programs like Photoshop or Premiere that require Windows or MacOS to run.
The Google Pixelbook makes a case for high-performance Chromebooks, but its power and beauty come at a price that requires a leap of Chrome OS faith.
While we’ve compared the Google Pixelbook here to rivaling premium Chromebooks for what should be obvious reasons, we could have easily more closely stacked it against the Surface Pro or even MacBook Pro. That should speak volumes as to how impressed we are by the Pixelbook, and how far Google has taken the Chromebook platform since its inception.
The Google Pixelbook is the first Chromebook worthy of consideration alongside the most high-end Windows and Mac laptops and 2-in-1 devices. That alone should tell you everything you need to know about the Pixelbook: this is the best Chromebook to date, bar none.
That said, this is definitely not the Chromebook you’re likely used to. If you were expecting an affordable laptop that the Chromebook name has become synonymous with, there are plenty of places to look elsewhere. If you want to get in on ground level of what very well may be the future of Chromebooks in the premium space, look no further – you won’t be disappointed.
The Google Pixelbook is an alternative to premium laptops for folks who know they can function using just the web and Android-based apps. There’s also the attraction of never having to wait for Windows Updates to finish, or worrying about processor-robbing malware. If you already have a Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL phone, you’re probably well invested in Google, and will benefit from the synergy between the devices and your Google accounts. Bottom line: If you’ve already determined you can get everything done on a chromebook, the Pixelbook certainly delivers the prestige factor and is faster than more budget-minded chromebooks.
For most users, though, I still recommend premium convertibles like the Lenovo Yoga 920, the HP Spectre x360 13 or the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, just because of the wealth of Windows programs availble. Or if your budget isn’t quite that rich, the Dell Inspiron 13 7378 will get the job done for several hundred dollars less.
Truth be told, the Google Pixelbook probably has more power than most Chromebook users will ever need. It gets a high rating not because I think everyone should buy it. Frankly it’s unaffordable for most people, and hard for many to justify compared to a full-fledged Windows or Mac PC. Instead, the Pixelbook earns its rating because it succeeds in showing the best a Chromebook can be.
Interestingly, “best” has evolved from simply “premium laptop” to “premium Chromebook-slash-Android experience.” With its 360-degree hinge, and its support for Android, Google Assistant, and pen input, the Pixelbook is prepared to become an Android phone’s best friend and open up new frontiers for the humble Chromebook. What we don’t know is whether other Chromebook (and Android phone) manufacturers will join Google’s push.
Ask yourself a simple question — does anyone really need to spend $1,000 on a Chromebook? Your answer should be no. Samsung and ASUS both make very powerful Chromebooks that will do anything you can do with Chrome and do it well. They tear through Android apps, can render and display even the most intricate web page or app, and most importantly, have a price tag about $500 cheaper than the Pixelbook. Nobody needs the Pixelbook. But Google most certainly doesn’t think this is a product anyone needs.
No, the Google Pixelbook is the very definition of a halo device. The term gets overused, but really — Google made the Pixelbook because they want to show what’s possible. Seeing how great Chrome can be on excessive (yes, I’ll go that far) hardware is the hallmark of the Pixel line of Chromebooks, and it’s continuing on the new Pixelbook as a true mobile hybrid device. Google built it because they can.