Google Pixelbook Review: How Google’s Newest Laptop Stacks Up Against the Competition
A Thorough Review of Google Pixelbook
If you are considering a great new laptop but don’t want an Apple MacBook, Dell XPS 3 or Surface Book 2 and prefer something different, you might want to consider the Google Chromebook Pixel. There is an interesting comparison between the Pixelbook and many of the standard laptops on the market, including Google’s own original Chromebook. Anyone considering the Pixelbook will want all the details a thorough review can provide them. Here is what you can expect from this new premium laptop.
The Google Pixelbook is not just a standard laptop but a convertible device more popularly known as a 4-in-1. It has is extremely light in weight at only two pounds and its dimensions are 11.4 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches, making it fairly thing as well. The modest device size and weight make it very easy to carry around in a small tote, meaning if you are able to get your work done while on the go or if you simply enjoy browsing the web from anywhere, it is a good laptop for you. The design of the Pixelbook is quite industrial and unique, yet functional at the same time. Its build is a quality combination of aluminum, Gorilla Glass and plastic. It even has backlighting for usage in dark environments.
The display is a touchscreen that measures in at 12.3 inches and a 3:2 aspect ratio that equates to a 2400 by 1600 pixel resolution. The bezels around the screen are a bit on the large side, but the display itself is excellent. Generally, you can expect varying storage sizes with the Pixelbook, with the standard coming in at 128GB and 8GB of RAM. However, for a few extra bucks, you can bump up the storage to 256GB or even 512GB and the RAM up to 16GB. Processing speed is exceptional as well thanks to the seventh generation Intel Core i5 processor.
The operating system included in the Google Pixelbook is the standard Chrome OS that has been found in previous Chromebooks. The software makes it possible to run web apps specifically designed for Chrome. You are also able to do a split screen with windows while in laptop mode to save items into a file system or access content you have saved in Google Drive. There are a few ways to do that; through the keyboard or trackpad, by tapping on the screen or by pressing certain buttons. The operating system is actually very solid and gets regular updates approximately every six weeks, so you don’t have to worry about security.
However, although the overall performance of the Pixelbook is top-notch, battery life is on the lackluster side. You can probably expect to get around eight hours of usage out of the device. Squeezing out more than that means diligently managing power while you use it. You may want to consider plugging in its adapter via one of the two USB Type C ports to be on the safe side.
The Google Pixelbook has an excellent keyboard that spaces out the keys in a way that you can comfortably type. The keyboard is also made of plastic instead of aluminum, which gives your hands a much more comfortable resting place while you use the device. At the same time, however, the trackpad leaves a bit to be desired in the way in which it is situated. Thankfully, it’s extremely responsive and won’t have you madly pressing it to respond.
Overall, the Pixelbook is a solid choice if you or someone close to you is in the market for a new 4-in-1.