In previous times, Google Chromebooks are designed to be relatively low-cost laptops that make you easily get things done in comfort and do basic stuffs almost every other laptop can, but Google wants the Chromebook to be more than that. As we know, there is already a list of many 2-in-1 laptops (revertible) to choose from (another example of a revertible laptop is the Dell Xps 13 , which is why Google unveiled its new $999 Google Pixelbook in San Francisco not long ago.
Samsung and Asus have been introducing higher-end models of Chromebooks that creep up into the $500 costprice range, but don’t have the power or flexibility of a proper Windows or Mac laptop. According to Cameron Faulkner from Techradar,
“….Google has enabled Android app support on select Chromebook models. But, the Pixelbook is the first Chrome OS device released with more than enough built-in storage to actually realize the dream of installing any Android app that you desire.”
The Pixelbook itself is stunning. It’s an incredibly well-built, thin, and beautiful laptop that you can convert into a tablet by flipping the screen over. In this top-tier camp, Chromebooks aren’t judged solely on their power and looks. Instead, they’re judged on a different question: is it really worth spending over a thousand bucks on a Chrome OS device; cos they are quite expensive, and this isn’t a good marketing habit Google should consider keeping. Available for pre-order starting Oct. 4, the Pixelbook is a laptop-tablet hybrid, sporting a foldable 12.3-inch, 2,400 x 1,600 resolution touch screen display.
We dont see a bug logo that is very conspicuous (like in he case of hp and Dell laptops), but instead, the only notable exterior design feature that tells you ‘Hey, this is a Google device’ is the little G in the top corner of its lid.
Inside, the Google Pixelbook continues the two-tone coloring (just like the Pixel phones). The lower portion of the keyboard deck where you rest your hands is a nice white color you have, while the rest of the area is a having a subtle grey color. Google had also added soft-touch material to the keyboard’s palm rest to make it more comfortable and easier to type on. But, there is something that is very likely:
The white deck is going to pick up some dirt and dark spots the more often you use it, so you cant use this device when eating a snack.
Google Pixelbook is made of aluminum, but with some striking, symmetrical design flourishes. The most obvious is that the glass shade is on the back of the screen where the Wi-Fi antenna sits. It mirrors the glass shade on the Pixel phones, but it also mirrors the Pixelbook’s other major design element: the “advanced silicone” pads on the keyboard deck that surround a glass trackpad.
Those pads serve multiple purposes: they’re more comfortable to rest your palms on than aluminum, they add a small gap to protect the screen from getting schmuckle from the keyboard on it, and they serve as anti-skid feet when you have the Pixelbook flipped around!
Around the laptop, we see a USB-C port on each side and a 3.5mm headphone jack on its left. The controls for power and volume sit along the left-hand side as well. Borrowed from the company’s smartphone lineup, the Google Pixelbook features a mixture of glass and aluminum. Glass on the exterior of a laptop is definitely a bit worrying, especially given its high price. (Most of us have device-handling-issues), so how can I buy a laptop whose “outside” is a glass surface?
Pictures of The Google Pixelbook
The Google Pixelbook Pen
Interestingly, Google has also developed a stylus specifically for the Pixelbook called, appropriately, the Pixelbook Pen, priced at a hefty $99 (That is almost 36,000 Nigerian Naira!). But some people would still say:
Performance And speed
Again, the Google Pixelbook starts at 8GB of RAM and features a 7th generation Intel i5 processor. Google had said that if you paid an extra $650, you will get a big upgrade not just in processing speed (you’ll get an i7, though the specifics of the CPU weren’t stated), you will also nab a total of 16GB of RAM and 512GB of on-board storage.
I’m not quite sure who would need that kind of power in a Chromebook, and spending $1,649 on a device that can’t run full programs seems a bit excessive.
Which cuts to the biggest issue with such an expensive Chromebook. It simply can’t run the kind of heavy-duty software that a Mac or PC can. Instead, you can only run apps built for Android and Chrome OS. And for most consumers that’s probably enough.
In the end,
what you’re paying for is the Pixelbook’s fantastic design.
General Specifications of Google Pixelbook
Pixelbook Specs ($999 model)
- Processor: seventh-gen Intel Core i5
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 128GB
- Battery: 41Wh (Google claims 10 hours mixed use)
- Ports: 2 USB-C with fast-charging, headphone jack
- Dimensions: 0.41 x 11.43 x 8.69 inches
- Weight: 2.45lbs
- Display: 12.3-inch, 2400 x 1600 LCD Touchscreen, 400 nits, 72 percent NTSC color
- Camera: 720p
- Keyboard: backlit
- Four microphones, two speakers
- Bluetooth 4.2
- 45W charger
- $999 (8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, seventh-gen Intel CoreTM i5 processor)
- $1,199 (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, seventh-gen Intel CoreTM i5 processor)
- $1,649 (16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe, seventh-gen Intel CoreTM i7 processor)
- Pixelbook Pen is $99
- 5.79 x 0.42 inches
- 0.05lbs with AAAA battery
- Battery life should be about one year
- Button for activating Google Assistant
Would you consider buying? What do you think? Please drop your comments.