Google Pixel Book Review ! Is it worth the Price?
Writing Pixel book review is really exciting for us, as it was much-awaited and the latest in Google’s own Chromebook range. Now, if you are well aware of Chromebooks, you will know that they are extremely cheap and very fast. Speed and price come at the expense of functionality and storage, but in our opinion, that tradeoff is well worth it. Pixel Book, however, comes in at a hefty $999+. Before you turn away, you should know a little more about our chrome pixel review and then ask the question: Is it worth it?
Google has spent many years perfecting the design and build of their Chromebooks. Pixelbook seems to be the pinnacle of this design. You may not find a better-looking laptop than this one. The casing is brushed aluminum. The edges sit flush with the rubber palm rest. Everything has been put together expertly. The materials are high quality, and the finish of Pixelbook is amazing.
The design also veers away from the traditional Chromebook and into the world of the half laptop/half tablet device. You can have the device sitting as a laptop would, or you can fold the screen and have it be a tablet. This enables it to sit with the keyboard on a surface, or you can have the screen and keyboard folded out slightly in a tent formation, which can also stand units end. The device is solid enough to be used in any of these ways without compromising it.
The screen is a good size but could be bigger in the same body (though I am not a Google engineer, so I am sure that the decision was made for a reason). The screen does look great and will compare to many of its high-end competitors.
The keyboard has a good feel, and the keys are solid. Typing for a long period of time, I liked the way the keys felt. The keyboard is going to last a long time. The trackpad also has a feel of quality. The positioning of the trackpad is good, and the accuracy is what you would expect from a high-end model of this price.
Battery Life: A
You can use the Pixelbook for a long time without running out of battery life. Most of the time you will be connected to a wall socket, but if you do need to go without, you can expect to get at least 10 hours from the battery. If you are using your laptop as you regularly would, listening to music, browsing the web, watching YouTube movies, emailing, etc., then your battery should last for at least 10 hours.
Operating System: A
The main benefit of Chrome OS is the speed. The OS has been built for web use, and the speed is greater than that of rival OS. You will mainly be using Chrome to browse the web and use apps. On a high-end machine, such as this, you will have a faster browsing experience than you would have on any other machine.
Chrome OS also has more of a traditional desktop look and feel. You also have access to the numerous Android apps as well as the Chrome ones. This gives amazing possibilities to get done what you need to get done. You even have access to Google Assistant, which will have the answers you need in no time at all.
Touchscreen and Pen: B+
The Pixelbook comes with a touchscreen, which I love. The combination of traditional point and click navigation, with the touchscreen, really adds to the experience. The Pixelbook also comes with an optional pen.
The pen will set you back more money but is worth it if you will use it. Pressure and tilt sensitivity are supported with the pen, and it will work with almost any app you use on the device. It is great for a person who wants to draw, sketch, or do anything else you can do with a traditional pen.
Where the Pixelbook with pen sets itself apart is with a cool ‘circling’ function. If you press the button on the pen and use the pen to circle something on the screen, Google Assistant will take what you have highlighted and try to give you information about it. This is great for when you want to find out information on something such as a picture which has no accompanying text. Be warned, though, it does get addictive, and once you have started using the function, you will not want to stop, and you will wonder how you ever managed without it.
As with all other Chromebooks, your primary storage will be online. A Pixelbook does come with 128GB storage as standard, which is a significant upgrade on all other Chromebooks. You do receive free cloud storage from Google for two years. The combination of the two is great to have. I love the online storage as you can access it from any device and share it with ease.
The Pixelbook does not feel like a Chromebook. Chromebooks were built on the idea of speed and price. The Chromebook is only halfway there. When looking at the price, a Pixelbook is comparable to a MacBook, but is it worth the price?
With the addition of the touchscreen, pen, and 2-in-1 laptop/tablet design, this Chromebook is more comparable to the high-end laptops out there. If you are to compare this to the other Chromebooks on the market, it beats them hands down.
The speed is definitely there and will out-perform almost anything in that area, but the lack of functionality when compared to other laptops, and the fact that the price compares to other laptops, make it less appealing than a traditional Chromebook.
If you want something which is fast and you can afford it, then Pixelbook is for you. I would caution you, though. This is Google’s first foray into high-end. The price is likely to come down as they produce more and more. You can get a more functional laptop at a lower price.
If you like Chromebooks and want something more powerful and functional, then this is for you. If not, then go for a traditional laptop.