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Google Pixelbook is the best Chromebook. Its power and versatility surpass the competition in its class, including the Chromebook Pixel. They are among the most powerful Chromebooks as well as the top 2-in-1 laptops.
Google Pixelbook is more than just a form and function. This Google Chromebook shares a design philosophy as Google’s Pixel Slate. It also packs a lot of style. It’s equipped with 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors and a 2,400×1,600 display. Pixelbook Pen support is also included.
Google Pixelbook, which includes Android without losing any Chrome OS features, has helped to raise the profile of premium Chromebooks and their capabilities as worthy rivals to Windows 10 laptops.
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The Pixelbook, which has specs that are similar to Apple’s, is a premium experience that easily surpasses its rivals. The Google Pixelbook God is an affordable option for budget-minded shoppers. However, the Google Pixelbook is more appealing for those who want a premium experience.
Prices and availability
It’s obvious that the Google Pixelbook Chromebook is expensive. The price starts at $999, or PS999, and ends at $1,649, or PS1,699 – even if you don’t include the $99 (or AU$130), Pixelbook Pen. However, Google generously includes a pen loop to provide a secure place for the pen.
You get 7th generation Kaby Lake Intel Core i5 processors for a premium price on the 128GB entry-level configuration and $1199 (PS1,199) mid-range 256GB configuration. Each is paired with 8GB memory. The top-end 512GB model comes with a Core i7 processor and 16GB of memory. These processor options all use Intel’s low power, low-heat, Y series chips. All Pixelbook models are fanless.
Unfortunately for our Aussie friends, the beauty has not made it to Australia. They will have to choose between buying the same product in Australia or importing it from the US. In this case, shipping might be more expensive.
Let’s now compare this to 2017’s Samsung Chromebook Pro or the Asus Chromebook Flip. Both of these devices were created in close collaboration with Google to help jumpstart Google’s Android app push using Chrome OS. These 2-in-1s are significantly cheaper than the Samsung and Asus models, which currently sell for $599 (about AU$869) and $469 respectively (about AU$680).
Both are noticeably less powerful than the other, as they only have the same 6-generation Intel CoreTM m3 processor. This processor produces very little heat which allows it to take advantage of fanless chassis designs. Both Chromebooks are beautiful Chromebooks, even though they have significantly less memory and storage.
These two Chromebooks offer a better deal than the current Chrome OS platform. The Google Pixelbook, however, is a futuristic device. The Pixelbook is for the Chromebook what Microsoft Surface was to Windows 10 2-in-1 laptops.
Google’s years-long effort to create a consistent design across all its hardware products has resulted in the Google Pixelbook. The Pixelbook can also be considered a kind of turning point in Google’s design philosophy.
It is easy to see that this Google computing device is one of the most impressive and remarkable. Every design element is both stylish and functional, from the brushed aluminum frame and flush edges to the rubberized underbody and palm rest.
If you haven’t bought a laptop in the past few years, it might be difficult to accept the lack of ports. The Google Pixelbook is still future-proof. We are reminded that the Google Pixelbook is at least future proof. It has a 720p resolution, 60 frames per second capture rate, and can be used for video-centric futures.
However, the audio is not as good. In thin notebooks, this is common. Google has placed the speakers underneath the keyboard. The result is a tinny sound. A 3.5mm audio jack allows you to use the best headset with your Pixelbook.
The glass trackpad is very user-friendly and tracks well in both single- and multi-touch gestures. We found that the trackpad does not like us placing our thumb on it to click, while we track with our index fingers. This is a common usage case but not for this editor.
The Pixelbook keyboard is also among our favorites. The keys of the backlit keyboard are very well placed and have a 0.8mm travel. This gives you a lot of feedback. The clicking sound is subtle and deeply satisfying. It’s a unique sound that we love, and we expect it to be everywhere.
When it comes to 3:2 displays, the Pixelbook is the winner. The Pixelbook display is a class above other Chromebooks, with 235ppi and accurate color reproduction. It is in the same category as the 227ppi 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the 267ppi Surface Pro.
This panel is amazing for editing photos and movies. This panel’s 400 nits brightness is a huge help. However, the glossy screen is not able to withstand direct sunlight. Nevertheless, the display feels very precise to the touch, especially when it is placed underneath the Pixelbook Pen.
We’ll start by saying that we find it a shame that the Pixelbook Pen has been excluded from the cost of the Pixelbook. It’s an essential part of the Pixelbook experience. We aren’t saying that the cost of the Pixelbook Pen is not worth it. It is 100% worth it, if you have the money.
The Pixelbook Pen is a great stylus. It offers both tilt support and pressure response. The digital ink follows closely behind the pen thanks to the display’s quick response.
One button is located on the Pixelbook Pen. It’s basically a Google Assistant button but seems to also incorporate some of the new Google Lens technology used in smartphones like the Google Pixel2. While inking, press the button to turn that ink into thick blue. However, it doesn’t draw anything.
Instead, any information captured within this blue ink will be sent to Google Assistant for analysis. This in turn presents everything and anything Google’s servers have about the items you circled. Google Assistant will show you a Wikipedia page about a hippopotamus if you circle a photo of one. Google’s knowledge graph is so extensive that we circled Ron Livingston from Office Space. Google Assistant then gave us more information about him.
This tool will be extremely useful for students in particular, but it will also benefit users all around.
The Pixelbook Pen also has the advantage of allowing Google Keep to accept pen input from the lock screen. This makes note-taking much simpler. You can even convert your Pixelbook Pen’s handwritten text into traditional text with apps.
The Pixelbook Pen has a major flaw. It doesn’t attach to your laptop at all, not even with magnets like the Surface Pro. It’s easy to lose the stylus you paid so much for. It also runs on AAAA batteries, which is a lot more expensive than a rechargeable option.
If you don’t have the Pixelbook Pen, Google Assistant can be activated using either a keyboard button or your voice. The latter function only works if the laptop is logged in. However, waking up the Pixelbook by saying “Hey Google” to activate the service is possible.
Google Assistant works in general the same way as smartphones. It executes in exactly the same way with both an OS-level chat record and a voice response.