The Pixel book is the latest laptop from Google with a hefty price tag it aims to compete in the realm of high end Macbooks and Surface books. So lets address the elephant in the room…..Chrome OS, and more importantly, why does a high end Chromebook exist?
Before I give my answer to that question I’m going to highlight some areas of the Pixel Book which stand out and make this different to all other Chromebooks.
There is no doubt, the Pixelbook is a beautifully crafted piece of tech, it sports a similar design blend of glass and aluminium supported with strategically placed soft touch rubberised pads to aid multiform. The weight is somewhere between tablet and laptop so its extremely light and the device overall is incredibly thin.
Down the left hand side you get a USB C port, 3.5m jack, volume rocker and power button. Down the right a single USB C port, its minimalist but that what makes it so appealing.
The keyboard itself is a joy to use, I’m typing this blog right now on the device and its an instantly comfortable experience. Reasons for this I put down to good key spacing and travel when pressing the keys and as for that track pad…….simply amazing, its both smooth and precise.
In case you where wondering where the speakers where, they are discreetly hidden behind the 360 hinges and they actually produce pretty good output for a laptop.
Speaking of hinges, the device can be used in 4 ways:
*Video Mode (Consuming video)
The 12 inch screen resolution is sharp and vibrant, and content I’ve viewed so far is very good, it does have some large bezels surrounding the screen but its not a deal breaker.
User experience is as expected, it flies through any task thrown at it. You can run multiple windows without ant distraction and it even supports snap to window when you are feeling ultra productive.
Google Assistant makes its debut on the Pixelbook with its own dedicated key and works in the same way it does on the pixel series phones.
I really like the Pixelbook, its capable of doing around 90% of what I need a laptop to do, that other 10% unfortunately is what prevents it being a primary device for me, because I need specific programs such as Photoshop, Light room and Final Cut Pro for my content creation and Chrome OS simply doesn’t have the software support to cater to that. The Pixelbook does support the android play store (no longer in beta) but not all the apps on there are optimised for the device.
So is it worth the £999/$999 price tag….I think on specs and build alone then yes absolutely and for someone plugged into the whole Chrome OS Eco system its the best Google has to offer. Can an I recommend it over other devices that share the similar price tag and have that little bit extra, depends on the user, for my use then probably not but as a secondary device to compliment maybe a desktop then its perfect.
So in answer to the question asked at the start, Google wanted to build the best most powerful Chromebook ever made, they are serious about hardware and this is a statement to the other competitors that they mean business.
Let me know your thoughts, would you buy a Pixelbook? Leave me a comment and let me know.