Chromebooks are often underappreciated because many think of them as a cheaper alternative to Windows laptops. Well, not everyone can afford a premium laptop. For some, Chromebooks provide the opportunity to use a laptop without throwing money down the drain. The thing is, Chromebooks and conventional laptops differ in so many ways. One is cloud based and rarely has large internal storage, the other one comes with bigger built-in storage. Laptops are also not cloud-based, so you don’t have to rely on online editing software to get things done. Today we want to introduce the Google Pixelbook. Who says a Chromebook can’t impress with its stunning design? This will prove you otherwise.
The Google Pixelbook is simple, yet a stunner. It’s like the bigger version of the Pixel. Aluminum covers the entire body, making it look expensive. There’s also a strip of white silicone on top of the lid. The Pixelbook can also be used in various ways thanks to the super flexible hinge. It can rotate up to 360 degrees, so to turn it into a tent or a tablet, all you have to do is spin the lid around. Basic features like USB-C ports and a 3.5mm headphone are included. For your information, the device comes with an optional pen. But to our surprise, there’s no magnetic hook or compartment to store it.
It’s a large Chromebook with a screen measuring 12.3 inches diagonally. Surely it could’ve been bigger, but don’t forget that it’s a hybrid device. If it’s too large, the flexibility will be gone. The bezels surrounding the display are pretty thick. While thick bezels are normally not desirable, in the tablet mode we need them to avoid hitting menus and icons accidentally. Speaking of quality, the display is simply stunning. The Quad HD panel looks sharp as it has a resolution of 2400 x 1600. It renders good contrast and colors, not to mention that the brightness is satisfactory since the display manages to deliver 462cd/m2. To top it off, it covers 95% of the sRGB color gamut, so it should be good for multimedia purposes.
Keyboard and trackpad
Besides the design, another talking point is the keyboard. The company has decided to equip it with a keyboard that has minimal travel distance. The feedback is responsive, which directly affects the typing experience. Overall, the keyboard looks and feels nice. Typing is not only fast, but also precise. There’s backlight as well, which will be useful when you work in dim environments. We think that the trackpad deserves the same level of praise. It’s incredibly smooth and tracks your fingers very well without making the pointer jump around uncontrollably.
Unlike many other Chromebooks, the Google Pixelbook is a productivity powerhouse that features an Intel Core i5 CPU and 8GB of RAM. It also includes 128GB of storage for managing files. Actually, that was not the only configuration available. The one with core i7 chip costs more, but it’s way more capable because the RAM is also bigger. It’s paired with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Either unit delivers terrific performance. Opening browsers with multiple tabs is easy. It also won’t stutter when running multiple apps.
Google Pixelbook specs:
- 290x221x10mm (Size)
- 12.3-inch (2400×1600) LCD screen
- 7th-gen Intel Core i5 processor
- 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD
- 41Whr non-removable battery