Google PixelBook appears to be a contender against the likes of the Microsoft Surface and Apple MacBook laptops. The high-end, Chrome-running notebook offers you powerful Intel Core i processors, Google Assistant and ability to run mobile apps.
Judging by the price, the Google PixelBook is not a thing for budget buyers. But does it look attractive enough for the premium users it targets? It tries. You get a convertible design that brings the likes of the Lenovo Yoga to mind. The Google PixelBook comes with a 360-degree hinge that lets you flip the display all the way back.
The 2-in-1 features a backlit, chiclet style keyboard, which one may say outdoes those of a Microsoft Surface or the Apple MacBook. Its 12.3-inch display has a high resolution of 2,400 x 1,600 pixels. The sharp touchscreen supports an optional Pen with 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The Google PixelBook is nothing like what you usually get from a Chromebook in terms of hardware. It packs more punch with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. The Core i5 offerings come with 8GB RAM while the highest-end model boasts 16GB RAM. Onboard storage ranges from 128 GB to 512 GB.
Some users will likely find it disappointing that a 2-in-1 this costly runs on the lightweight Chrome OS. The Google PixelBook runs applications in the cloud. You can also install and run Android apps on the hybrid.
The 10.3mm, ultra-slim PixelBook features two USB Type-C ports. You can use these to charge the 41Wh battery that Google claims will last up to 10 hours on a charge. The company says you get enough power to last up to two hours fromjus15-minute charging.
The hybrid supports Google Assistant, which you will be able to activate with a single tap on a dedicated button. You can type in your requests into the tool or use “OK, Google” commands. Google PixelBook also has support for Assistant activation on the optional Pen.
The price of the Google PixelBook starts at $999 in the United States for the model with 128GB SDD. For $1199, you can buy the model with 256GB. Later in the year, for $1649 the Google PixelBook will also offer an option of 16GB RAM, 512GB SDD, and 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor.
- 7th Gen Intel Core i7, Core i5 Processor
- Intel HD Graphics
- Google Chrome OS
- 12.3-inch Display, 2400 x 1600 pixels, 400 nits
- 8GB RAM or 16GB RAM
- 128GB SDD, 256GB SDD, 512GB SDD
- PixelBook Pen (Sold Separately for $99)
- 2 x USB Type C with Fast Charging
- up to 10 hours Battery Life