Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to do a full review on Google Pixelbook. Google’s back in the Laptop business, with this, the Pixelbook this is not a Chromebook Pixel. It is a beautiful, well-made aluminium laptop, with a high-resolution touchscreen that you can flip around into a tablet mode. So, the question is, Is it worth spending $1000 on this Chromebook? Can it replace a MacBook or a Windows laptop or even an iPad Pro? Let’s find out-
The hardware sporting the thinnest design yet seen from the Chromebook. This 10mm, 1.1kg laptop is certainly smaller and lighter than your average laptop and it’s built to last too. An aluminium unibody design makes the Pixelbook feel ultra strong and ultra-premium with its thick cut cold metal that wraps around the entire body. Google has accented its design with a familiar glass strip around the back and lots of quality rubber components for grip and comfort.
I got over it soon enough above the keyboard sits a pair of hinges and you’d never expect what’s just underneath the rubber here two stereo speakers facing straight up towards the users face the wall on laptop mode. This is also the crux of the design as they are facing away from the user when in any of the other modes. I really feel like they should be in the top portion of the Pixelbook where the monitor is instead they’re loud enough and have decent enough quality. But the direction is wrong when they seem like they would be needed the most.
You’ll find the dedicated power slash lock button on the side, dedicated volume rocker for when the keyboard isn’t the primary input method, 2 USB type-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack. These two USB type-C ports are used for charging with the included 45-watt power, video output with support up to 4K at 30 frames per second and file transfer among other things. I’m probably not thinking of while only having USB type-C ports might be a problem on a Windows or Mac machine. It seems to be fine on a Chromebook or at least in my usage over the past few weeks.
The hinges are of the utmost quality and are both incredibly sturdy yet just pliable enough to keep from having to always use two hands while opening or closing the Pixelbook. There’s even a nice little notch up front for grabbing to open the Pixelbook. Although I do wish it jetted out a tad more for comfort as said before the Pixelbook can be used in multiple orientations including as a tablet which feels surprisingly good.
The size and sharp edges of the metal make it most awkward to use as a tablet but really only if you’re trying to play games like Asphalt 8 or something that requires motion otherwise it really is a joy to use.
The screen is quite nice too and is a high-quality IPS LCD 12.22-inch panel with Quad HD resolution and a good level of brightness at 400 nits pixel persistence could be a little lower though and I found motion resolution. In general, makes fast moving games a bit fuzzy that last part brings us to one of the most significant features of the Pixelbook, full Google Play Store support. This isn’t exclusive to the Pixelbook but there still are not a ton of Chromebooks on the market that can run Play Store Android apps just yet. It’s incredible just how well Chrome OS integrates Androids apps store. You’d never know these weren’t native apps as they look and behave exactly as Chrome OS apps do include the ability to the full-screen window and resize them. Some apps require redrawing and resizing and things like games will actually pause in the background. So, there’s some different behaviour in some ways but it’s not likely that many users will notice these things or even think they’re an issue.
The Keyboard looks nearly identical to what you’d see on a MacBook or point most laptops and the rubber palm rests feel incredibly good. What’s really smart here is that the keyboard is recessed into the frame just a bit which not only keeps it from touching the screen while the Pixelbook is closed and smearing it up. But also keeps it from touching whatever flat surface the laptop is on when it’s folded in different modes.
The keys feature a nice soft touch material and are nice and clicky while not being too loud at the same time. The 0.8mm travel feels great and it’s not as squishy as many other laptops out there. It’s also backlit which is a plus point.
A dedicated Google Assistant button brings up Assistant instantly or saying the Google keyword will also do it. A nice touch here is that it automatically goes into voice recognition search when saying the Keyword whereas pressing the key will default to typing input only making for a consistent experience all around. They only know it’s Google Assistant is that doesn’t search everything. The same way the app drawer search do so it would be nice to see this combination in the future.
A glass Touchpad is ultra accurate and supports all the multi-finger gesture that Chrome OS already does with the speed and accuracy out of the box that just feels natural. I didn’t really care for the up and down scrolling, this default as I’m used to reversing scrolling on laptops or reverse joysticks on Game controllers.
The tablet mode is less awesome to me. It’s not super bad it’s just not as comfortable as I’d like my tablet to be. The keyboards on the bottom are too kind of touch that every time you use it and it’s a little bit thicker and heavier than a dedicated tablet would be. But any kind of two-in-one foldable device is gonna feel like this and as a tablet, it’s not bad.
One thing that seems a little bit buggy right now though is that you can’t run the apps in split-screen. So, if you’re in tablet mode you’re running in a full screen all the time. Hopefully, a little to fix that with a software update.
PixelBook Pen: –
There’s an optional stylus called the Pixelbook Pen which I didn’t bring into work today to film. This is a $100 pen and the battery in it should last about a year. You can do usually note taking stuff, even use handwriting recognition. It’s a full Wacom stylus, so you can do a bunch of drawing tricks with angle and pressure sensitivity on it. But that stuff only works in a few apps, ones that are updated to support the Pixelbook pen. In those apps, the lag is barely noticeable but in other apps, it’s pretty bad. The other thing the Pixelbook pen does is help with image searches. You can hold the button down and circle stuff, and the Google Assistant will search for the thing you circled. If you have a Pixel Phone, you can turn on instant tethering. If you have any recent Android phone you can unlock the PixelBook with your phone’s fingerprint scanner.
Performance & Memory: –
It has a proper Intel Core i5 7th generation processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and 128 gigs / 256 gigs of storage. That’s way more than normal for a Chromebook, but you’ll use it for Android apps, downloaded movies and so on. Like several recent machines, it runs that powerful processor without any fans. If you are a crazy person you can spend up to 1650 dollars to get 16 gigs of RAM and a faster processor and more storage. As for performance, it’s a screamer, with Chromebooks, I usually have to give this speech about how you measure them by how many tabs they can run before they bog down. This runs Chrome better than any computer I’ve used.
Chrome OS, especially with Android apps, is more capable than it’s ever been. I can use it for my work, for 90% of the stuff that I need to do. And I’m also lucky enough to have other computers around for when I need to finish that last 10% and everybody’s 10% is different. For me, it’s video editing. For you, it might be a great Mac app or really powerful Excel spreadsheet. I do believe that Android apps are going to get better at filling those gaps over time but it’s going to take awhile.
I wouldn’t buy this in the hopes that the situation is going to get better in next few months, or even the next year. But today, now, this machine is much more powerful than most people think. Web apps on Chrome are great, you can use them separate windows instead of tabs and split screen them. Many of them work offline. Then there are the Android apps. You might have heard that they have been running in Beta on Chrome OS for a while and that Beta hasn’t been, well, any good at all. It’s been terrible now that beta is over, the situation is better, but it’s still a little tricky. But now, they’re out of beta on this Pixelbook and I can report that they are better but the situation is, well, a little bit tricky.
The main thing I’ve run into is that it’s weird to have two versions of the same app. For instance, has a great web app but in tablet mode, the android app is better. The good news is that running them doesn’t bring the Pixelbook to a halt like it used to on other Chromebooks. Some of that, I’m sure, is that this thing is very powerful, but a lot it is bugfixes.
Google Assistant: –
The Google Assistant is here, get to it by hitting the button or by saying Okay Google. There’s also Google Search, of course just like on the Pixel phone, it’s integrated with the on-device search. There’s a new launcher that’s nicer and does a slightly better job of helping you distinguish between web and Android apps.
The 41 Watt-hour battery was designed to last you up to 10 hours. And we’re seeing somewhere between 7 to 8 hours during a normal workday if you were to turn down the brightness and really care about conserving your battery. 10 hours doesn’t seem too far off the mark. The included 45-watt charger gives you about 2 hours worth of juice with just 15-minutes of charge time if you need a little more.
The Pixelbook isn’t for most people and quite frankly. It’s kind of foolish for most people to buy the Samsung Chromebook Plus or either of the Asus high-end flips serve just to better buy the Pixelbook is a halo device. A Chromebook Google made for people who want a Chromebook but also wanted to showcase. The best in hardware and design is that a bad thing certainly not and there are plenty of people who really want exactly what the Pixelbook Offers. But anyone who buys one isn’t going to be disappointed what Chrome can do because they already knew what they were getting. At least they should have because they’re spending at least $1000 on a Chromebook. I don’t recommend the Pixelbook to anyone because the users who want it and should buy it already know what it has to offer. It’s the Chromebook Google built because they can and because it’s cool.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Google PixelBook||Coming Soon||Rs 65,000|
|Google PixelBook||Coming Soon||$ 999.00|
|802.11 ac Wi-Fi (2×2 MIMO), Bluetooth v4.2|
|BODY||Size- 11.4 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches (290.4 x 220.8 x 10.3mm)
Weight- 2.4lbs (1.1kg)
|DISPLAY||12.3-inch QHD (2400 x 1600, 235 PPI) LCD touchscreen
(400 nits, 72% NTSC colour, 3:2 aspect ratio)
|CAMERA||720p Webcam (60fps)|
|7th Generation 1.2GHz Intel Core i5-7Y57
(Dual-Core 4MB cache, Up to 3.3GHz)
Intel HD Graphics 615
|MEMORY||256GB SSD (eMMC)
|PORTS||2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3)
|POWER||41Wh (Google claims 10 hrs mixed use)
- Google Pixelbook3.4