A premium Chromebook that’s worth the price you will absolutely want to buy
The Google Pixel book is, by far, the best Chromebook made to date. However, you’re going to pay dearly for a Chromebook holding that title.
Thankfully, judging by our time with the device, the steep price of entry is well worth it for the first Chromebook with 100% complete Android app support, Google’s new Chrome launcher and a wholly impressive new stylus experience.
Google Pixelbook is the new weapon in Google’s arsenal which has a promising future ahead of it. This is the first Chrome OS fired machine ever since Google decided to discontinue its Chromebook Pixel lineup.
Price in India
This time, however, things have changed drastically. Android apps have been integrated natively in Chrome OS. There are no shortcuts this time. Once again, Google is sticking to a price of $999 with the Pixelbook which goes all the way to $1,499 for the higher end variants.
CPU: 1.2GHz Intel Core i5-7Y57 (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 3.3GHz)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 (1,866MHz)
Screen: 12.3-inch QHD (2,400 x 1,600, 235 ppi) LCD touchscreen (400 nits, 72% NTSC color, 3:2 aspect ratio)
Storage: 256GB SSD (eMMC)
Ports: 2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), headphone/mic jack
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2 x 2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.2
Cameras: 720p webcam (60fps)
Weight: 2.4 pounds (1.1kg)
Size: 11.4 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches (290.4 x 220.8 x 10.3mm; W x D x H)
Google Pixelbook: Design
Google has left no stone unturned to make the Pixelbook a piece of beauty. The Pixelbook is, without any doubts, the best looking Chromebook ever. It’s just over 10mm thick (feeling bad while using the word thick for the Pixelbook) and weighs just under two and a half pounds. It can very well turn out to be your to-go device as it’s very comfortable to hold and carry.
It’s made up of aluminum which gives it a very sturdy appearance. The most amazing thing to notice is that how well the Pixelbook resembles the Pixel lineup of smartphones.
Performance and battery life
Most Chromebooks don’t use powerful processors, but the Pixelbook is an exception. The base $999 model includes a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
It’s the first Chromebook with that much storage, which allows users to install more Android apps and save more files offline. The $1,199 model I tested sticks with the same processor and RAM but bumps the storage to 256GB. And if you’re feeling particularly crazy, you can spend $1,649 on a Pixelbook with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
For most users, the entry-level model should be more than sufficient. I never came close to filling up the SSD, and performance was outstanding. I typically run several Chrome windows with no less than a dozen tabs in each, along with web apps for Tweetdeck, Todoist, Google Play Music, Google Keep, Hangouts and Slack. I never ran into any slowdowns or stutters, and the extra horsepower kept Android apps working faster and smoother than I’ve seen on any Chromebook.
Unfortunately, that performance comes at the cost of battery life. Despite Google’s claims that the Pixelbook lasts 10 hours between charges, we got just under eight hours in our standard battery test (looping a 1080p video with brightness set to 66 percent).
Pixelbook Pen and Google Assistant
If you are willing to spend another $99, you can get a Pixelbook Pen which his an interesting accessory in itself.
The Pen does not require any wireless pairing and acts like a traditional Wacom stylus. It has support for pressure as well as angle.
It requires an AAAA which would very well last for at least a year. How well does the Pen actually perform and is it really required is a matter of personal choice.
Giving that it would cost an extra 99 bucks, I personally feel the Pen is not going to be everyone’s favorite.
No doubts, the Pixel book is costly, but so is a lot of tech today. $999 for a piece of beauty like this won’t hurt you at all. You can definitely go for the Pixelbook if you want to purchase a new laptop.