Google has launched a new high-end Chromebook, called the Pixelbook. The premium Pixelbook is the first convertible Chromebook with Google Assistant built-in. Google Pixelbook is a high-performance machine that can run Android apps and packs an optional Pixelbook Pen. At $999 (or approx Rs 65,000), Pixelbook is pitched for mainstream users, a strategy Google believes will work in the long run. After having tried the Pixelbook at the launch event, here’s my first impressions of the premium Chromebook.
Google Pixelbook doesn’t look like an ordinary Chromebook with a plastic chassis. In fact, the Pixelbook is made out of aluminum and has aesthetics mimicking the Pixel 2 series. Imagine if you took the Pixel 2 and convert into a laptop, and that’s exactly how I would like to describe the Pixelbook. At under 1.0 kg and measuring only 10mm, Pixelbook is a lightweight machine. But many of us are interested in getting a laptop that’s easily fit in the backpack. Isn’t it?
Like Lenovo’s Yoga laptops and 2-in-1s, Google Pixelbook has a 360-degree hinge, meaning you can use the device as a tablet, laptop or stand it in a tent mode. You’ll find a USB-C port on either side, something that tells why Google believes the Pixelbook is a modern day system. And the good news doesn’t stop here. The Pixelbook has a 12.3-inch Quad HD display. The display looks beautiful, which is what we’ve come to expect from a flagship Pixel device.
In case you wondering how the keyboard on the Pixelbook feels like, well, it is par with any high-end notebook I can think of. The backlit chiclet keyboard does feel nice to click to it. Moving on, the touch pad has the accurate size, which didn’t struggle during my use. Yes, it feels responsive
Google Pixelbook runs Chrome OS, which relies heavily on internet for every possible task. But I still believe that the Pixelbook’s biggest feature is the Google Assistant. The virtual assistant is now found on every possible Google product, be it a smartphone or a smart speaker. Google bringing the Assistant to Chromebooks is a nice addition. All you need to say “OK Google, or simply press the button in the keyboard’s bottom row that displays the Assistant logo.
It’d be hard to justify the Pixebook’s $999 price, without mentioning the hardware. The entry-level Pixelbook features an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, and 128GB flash storage. Those looking for a superior performance cam choose the model with Intel Core i7 chip, 16GB RAM, and 512GB of storage. During my demo time, everything runs well on the Pixelbook – from apps to multiple browser tabs.
Google’s vision to blend both the hardware and software seems to be working out. I don’t mind saying that Chrome OS has its own limitations as compared to Windows 10 or Mac OS. However, if I consider the Pixelbook strictly on the basis of hardware, Google has a winner without a doubt.
But the biggest pro with the Chrome OS is that works beautifully on a low-end hardware, so you don’t need to spend close to $999 on a premium Chromebook and that’s a catch-22 situation for Google and its new Pixelbook.