I recently received the Google Pixelbook to review and here’s my impressions after using it for 72 hours.
I have the base model Pixelbook which comes with a Core i5 processor, 128GB of storage and 8GB of memory. The i5 processor is definitely overkill for a Chromebook, but it makes this computer fast. When I say fast, it‘s faster than my Surface Pro 3 computer that has a Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM as well.
|Google Play Store|
|MS Word app|
The point I’m trying to make is, if you can do it on your phone or on a computer, you can probably do it on a Chromebook. If you’re a pro level user, needing Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, you won’t find that level of app in the play store or online so a Chromebook is not for you. If you’re just looking to apply a filter to your photos or crop someone out, you’ll make out just fine.
The design of the Pixelbook is amazing if I’m being honest. It does mimic the look of the Pixel phone with a half metal, half glass design and it looks every bit as high end as any $1000+ laptop should. The recessed, backlit Keyboard has great feel and travel, and the keyboard has two rubber pads to rest your palms on. Just as many others have suggested, I believe the white silicon rubber pads will attract dirt and grime over time, but I’ll just have faith in Google for the time being.
|What's in the box|
|SP3 in the back, Pixelbook in the front|
Needless to say, a person could show up at any business meeting or coffee shop with this computer and they won’t get any negative looks as if they brought an inferior device. MacBook, Surface, high end Lenovo, HP or any other executive level device will look almost inferior to the Pixelbook.
|SP3 vs Pixelbook design|
|That screen tho|
The Bad – Speakers
The speakers on the Pixelbook are honestly the worst feature about the device. For an entry price of $1000, you’d think you’d get something that sounds decent or even acceptable, and the Pixelbook doesn’t meet those standards. If you can imagine the $10 Bluetooth speakers you see on end caps while checking out at Walmart, that’s exactly what this computer sounds like. Very tinny, very shallow, zero bass, and not even worthy of playing music on. The sound comes out of the hinges so there are no visible speakers and the sound fires up towards the user, but that’s the only good things I can say about them.
I personally believe any normal consumer can use a Pixelbook as a daily computer to accomplish almost everything they currently use their computer for. Would I suggest a $1000+ Google Pixelbook as your next laptop? Absolutely not! I could suggest a Samsung Chromebook Pro for $499 because you get most of the same specs with a stylus pen included and excellent fit and finish. If you don’t need a pen, and can deal with slightly less perfect fit and finish, Amazon has a lot of options in the $200-$300 range.
In summary, the Google Pixelbook is an amazing device with excellent fit and finish capable of rubbing elbows with any high end laptop no matter what logo is on it. Chromebooks came out in 2011 as a low cost option that allowed users to get online and do most of what they were already using a computer for at a low price. They weren’t the flashiest devices, nor were they very capable at the time. Fast forward 6 years and Chromebooks are a major player in the low end sub-$500 range (sub-$200 range for schools) and with the Pixelbook, able to look and play the part of higher end executive level devices as well. If you’re an Android user thinking about buying an iPad Pro as your thin & light mobile device to travel with, you’d probably be better suited with the Pixelbook or Samsung Chromebook Pro if you want to save $500.
|SP3 left vs Pixelbook right|
|Pixelbook left vs SP3 right|
|SP3 on top of the Pixelbook|
|Pixelbook in all its glory|
|Back of the box|