Google Pixelbook Review

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GOOGLE PIXELBOOK GO REVIEW

Google Pixelbook Review

The Pixelbook is so small, in fact, that it doesn’t remind me of other tech gadgets but rather an actual paper notebook. Specifically, this marvelously slender laptop evokes those expensive saddle-stitched notebooks that you find only in boutique stationery stores.

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Price and availability

Admittedly, Google is still asking for quite a bit with its more affordable flagship Chromebook at the onset: $649 (£629, about AU$950) for 8GB of memory (RAM) and 64GB of storage with an 8th-generation Intel Core m3 processor (CPU) and Full HD (1080p) LCD touchscreen. Here’s how the rest of the pricing breaks down:RECOMMENDED VID

  • Intel Core i5 (8GB, 128GB) – $849/£829/about AU$1,250
  • Intel Core i5 (16GB, 128GB) – $999/£949/about AU$1,470
  • Intel Core i7 (16GB, 256GB, 4K) – $1,399/£1,329/about AU$2,050

Display

We’ve been trained to believe a 1080p display is the best that Chromebooks deserve, but the Pixelbook’s bright, colorful (and nearly quad-HD) 2400 x 1600-pixel panel says that you deserve more. 

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Pixelbook’s backlit keyboard enables comfortable typing for extended periods, despite its thin measurements and shallow design. Testing it out on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I breezily clicked my way to 76 words per minute, not too far from my 80-wpm average. While its keys have only 0.9 millimeters of travel (we hope for at least 1.5 mm), they feel more comfortable than those on the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard, which is louder to type on. Google appears to be making up for this shallowness with key mechanisms that require 68 grams of actuation force, beating our 60-gram minimum.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Pixelbook’s backlit keyboard enables comfortable typing for extended periods, despite its thin measurements and shallow design. Testing it out on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I breezily clicked my way to 76 words per minute, not too far from my 80-wpm average. While its keys have only 0.9 millimeters of travel (we hope for at least 1.5 mm), they feel more comfortable than those on the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard, which is louder to type on

Google Pixelbook Review

Pixelbook Pen

One of the Pixelbook’s major features is its Google Assistant-powered Pen, which is, unfortunately, $99 extra. By holding down its button while you circle an object, you send images and text to the digital assistant, which can give you more information.

Battery life

It’s even better that the Pixelbook Go has some seriously impressive battery life. It took a whopping 11 hours and 14 minutes to run the Chromebook down via our local video playback test. The MacBook Air 2019 missed that mark by … an hour and 14 minutes.