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Is The Google Pixelbook Chromebook Worth The Hype?

Have you heard about the new Google Pixelbook Chromebook? It has made a lot of headlines over the past few weeks. The big question is; does it live up to the hype?

I have always been loyal to Windows. PC’s hold a special place in my heart. Because they are so widely used in schools, I have always seen Chromebook as a lower-end laptop. My son has one and I don’t think I’ve even glanced at it once since he’s had it.

However, due to the hype of the Google Pixelbook, I decided to finally find out what Chromebooks are all about. I received a spanking brand new Google Pixelbook and embarked on a mission to test it out.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Google Pixelbook Chromebook

First Impressions – The Design

Definitely, my first impression was the design. I have never seen a laptop this thin. It is even thinner than the Mac Book Pro I used for work when I was consulting. Honestly, the Google Pixelbook is an eye-catcher. Everything about its design just stands out: 12.3-inch Quad HD display, sleek unibody aluminum housing, amazing glass panel, and an elegant keyboard.

The Google Pixelbook is very thin

The Pixelbook’s 360-degree hinge gives it a foldable design. It lets me use the keyboard to keep the screen propped up, much like my iPad case. And because the display is a touchscreen, I could navigate Netflix without the Pixelbook’s keyboard or trackpad. Nowadays, I mainly use my iPad to binge on Netflix shows before I go to bed. Since the Pixelbook weighs only 2.4 pounds, I find it to be light and portable enough to use it for the same purpose. The Pixelbook’s larger screen is great for watching videos.

Another feature that I really like is the rubber strip on the palm rest and under the laptop. I feel that it provides a good grip when I’m carrying it around and will help prevent accidents like when my son dropped and broke his school-issued Chromebook which resulted in us having to pay to replace it.

Google Pixelbook

Functionality

The Google Pixelbook features specs that you might not expect from a Chromebook. With a 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM and a seventh generation Intel Core i5 processor, the Google Pixelbook is a beast. It comes with the Chrome OS operating system built in and offers seamless integration between Google Apps and Google Assistant. With Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and features with software that automatically updates in the background, as long as you are connected to the internet.

Fast Charging

Google says the Pixelbook charges very fast and should run for about 10 hours of mixed usage. I had to test this, and I was shocked. Just 15 minutes of charging lasted around two hours. However, after a full charge, it lasted only about 8-9 for me, which is still a good amount of time. Google does say that battery performance is based on a mix of standby, web browsing and other use, so I guess it will vary based on how you’re using it.

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Versatility

I have worked with many laptops in the past and I have to say that the Google Pixelbook is the most versatile laptop I have seen. It is a laptop, a smartphone, and a tablet, all at the same time. One of the main reasons that kept me away from Chromebooks was the lack of software. But now that It runs Android apps, that is no longer a concern. I can access all of the programs I usually run on my Windows-based PC on the Pixelbook. Apps like Google Docs, Microsoft Office, iCloud, my social networking apps, Netflix, and nice extras like Google Assistant.

The Google Pixelbook is versatile

For an extra $100, you can add a stylus to your setup called the Pixelbook Pen that lets you interact with the laptop more like a sketch pad by writing directly on the screen.

The Pixelbook Pen is sold separately

Google Assistant

The Pixelbook is the first Chromebook with Google Assistant built in. It is quite handy especially when multitasking. The device can respond to voice commands like requests to play specific YouTube videos and Google searches. Just like the Google Home device, it can also control smart-home devices. You can also interact with the Assistant by typing, and you can get instant access via the new dedicated key on the keyboard (in the same place as the Windows key on PCs). It reminds me a bit of the Siri window that slides in on a Mac or Cortana on Windows.

Final Words

Is the Google Pixelbook worth the hype? That is the million-dollar question. Clearly, the answer is yes. As someone who has primarily used a windows based computer for many years, I must admit there is a bit of a learning curve. Combing through the Google Play store to find apps to try was a bit time-consuming. I also had to get used to the keyboard as it has a slightly different layout.The Google Pixelbook's keyboard is a little different than the Windows keyboard.

Despite these issues, I really like using the Pixelbook. It runs extremely fast and doesn’t slow down or crash when I have a million tabs open.  It’s also perfect for someone who is always juggling family life and work because it’s easy to carry around and I can do just about everything I need to do on it.

Want to learn more about The Google Pixelbook Chromebook? You can learn more at your local Best Buy store or online at BestBuy.com

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About the author

Diane

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at dianenassy@gmail.com