Reviewing Google Pixelbook and Its Accessories

Google Pixelbook and Its Accessories

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The Google Pixelbook is the first Chromebook worthy of comparing with the top-end Mac and Windows devices. It’s marvelous design and enormous software enhancements make it the best Chromebook till date.

The Chromebook lovers always had that demand for a premium level Chromebook and here it is from Google itself as the Pixelbook. The Google Pixel book brings it all for you both in performance and compatibility that the previous Chromebooks only hoped for.

You can say that Google Pixelbook is a laptop more than a laptop. This is a 2-in-1 laptop that offers the taste of Android while keeping the Chrome OS package intact.

The Pixelbook comes with a pen which enhances your digital experience by helping you to get rid of the unwanted hassles you may face while using Android apps on your laptop.

Now there are a lot of things to speak about this amazing device. Especially its powerful hardware configuration such as the latest Intel Kaby Lake Processors and a stunning  2,400 x 1,600 display. Its a truly amazing combination of the design, performance, and price. You may find it a little expensive in general but when you compare this to the similarly specced devices you will surely find it a great value for money.

There are some more reasons why you must go with the Pixelbook if you’re looking for a great Chromebook or a 2-in-1 laptop. We’ll be mentioning some of these in brief here to get into the details later in the review section.

Design:

When years of devotion and dedication pay off for something outstanding, then you come up with something as great as the Google Pixelbook. The unified design efforts show up to tell you how deep has Google gone with their design philosophy. They’ve given importance to every detail to make it look stunning and remarkable while still keeping its user-friendliness in mind. You will just love to see its composition with the polished aluminum frame, the flush edges, and rubberized underside and palm rest. This will make you realize how well researched the Google Pixel book design is.

The placement of ports, webcam, audio jack, and speakers in the device will surely give you the ultimate experience of having a thin and lightweight notebook while having all the necessaries.

There’s the glass trackpad on the upside of the notebook which is a pleasure for smooth and precise touch gestures for the single-and-multi touching experience. 

Keyboard:

Now talking about one of the best things about this device is its keyboard which is probably the best one you’d ever use. The well-spaced keys with 0.8mm travel make this backlit keyboard a delight to use. It also has that nice and subtle clicking sound that is very satisfying and gives you joy while you type something on it.

Display:

Regarding its display; how can this not satisfy you as it comes with the name (Pixelbook) specified for earning you ‘pixels’. It does this with its 3:2 display @ 235ppi with great color reproduction that can give a tough competition to its rivals like MacBook Pro and Surface Pro.

The panel is amazing for photos and movies, and even for photo editing. The display comes out great to every touch especially when it is under the Pixelbook Pen.

Google Pixelbook
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PixelBook Pen:

One of the best things that the Pixelbook comes with is the Pixelbook Pen, however, it is a matter of great regret that it is not included in the Pixelbook price. But again, its worth to pay some extra bucks for this special pen to get a beautiful experience of the amazing Google  Chromebook. 

This pen offers a great pressure response and also the tilt support that helps you draw on the screen with pleasure. The snappy response of the display makes the digital ink follow so closely behind the pen that no delay is experienced. 

The Pixelbook pen can be very handy, particularly, for students, but every user will be benefitted from it. Especially, for its incorporation with the Google Assistant. This one sits a single button which is the Google Assistant button. Pressing the button and turning the ink will result in blue ink. Anything encircled inside this blue ink will be sent to Google Assistant that will analyze and present whatever it has about this on Google’s server. You can circle almost anything to get information out of it as Google has it all for you.

Google Keep will track the pen input record whenever you use it and whatever you use it for. The Pixelbook Pen’s scrawlings can be turned into traditional text with the help of some of the apps as well. 

There are a couple of shortcomings that Google should have looked into their Pixelbook Pen to make it more worthy to use. One is its attachment place with the Pixelbook as you will find no way to attach the Pen to the device, another one is the lack of a rechargeable battery as it uses AAAA batteries. 

Google Assistant:

Having Google Assistant by you is always a great company for your digital experience. You can activate this service with a dedicated button or using your voice if you do not want to use your Pixelbook Pen. Well, if you’ve used Google Assistant in your android phone then you should know that it works the same way. 

Price:

It cannot be denied that Pixelbook is an expensive Chromebook option. The price generally ranges between $999-$1699 excluding the $99 Pixelbook Pen (Price might change a bit). The more high-end configuration you want, the higher the price is. However, for such a price one thing you can be assured is that they come up with the best hardware specifications and chips available on the market. You may get the Samsung or Asus Chromebook for a little less money but they will be left far behind if you compare the Pixelbook with them. The low heat processor, fanless chassis design, powerful performance, and overall stunning design makes it a great choice for you. This Pixelbook is from the mother brand of the Chrome OS platform itself. So you should not worry about its performance at all.

After this brief discussion on the overall Google Pixel book now we will be looking into some of its specific models and other important accessories to guide you further so that you can buy one according to your requirement and budget. 

Reviewing The Google Pixelbook and Its Accessories

Google Pixelbook i5 – 8 GB RAM, 128GB

This is a high-performance Chromebook with a powerful configuration. If you’re planning to switch to Chrome OS from windows Surface Pro or MacBook Pro then this is the right option for you to get an ultimate 2-in-1 laptop experience. The price may seem to be higher but if you want to afford a premium Chromebook you should not mind paying this extra money. It comes with some great features that we will be discussing below.

Built-in Google Assistant

Pixelbook is the first laptop to have a built-in Google Assistant. Google Assistant here is the same what Siri is for Apple Computing devices. You can have this guide ready for you by pressing the Google Assistant key on the keyboard or by simply saying “Ok Google”. It can be a great feature for the students and all the learners as you can quickly get your answers, get your things done, manage daily activities, and more. It’s just like having a personal assistant for you. The Google Assistant also incorporates the Pixelbook Pen which is not included with the Pixelbook price though. Using the Pen you can encircle any text or images while pressing and holding on Google Assistant to get information about the encircled object from google.

Top-End Configuration

The Google Pixelbook is built for speed as it comes with the Intel 7th Gen Core i5 processors. This makes your multitasking experience smooth and faster whether you are browsing or using any applications. It comes with the standard RAM size of 8GB, however, you can increase or decrease it according to your needs and budget. This goes the same for the storage as well where the standard storage for this model is 128GB which is changeable either side. 

An All-day Battery with Super Fast Charging

The battery is a great advantage of this device as it can help you get along for straight ten hours, so no need to worry for outlets while you move around with the Pixelbook. Even if you need charging it up you need to allow a 15-minutes charging to have it used for two hours. It comes with the super-fast charging technology to make charging easy for you.

 Adaptive 4-in-1 Design

How great it could be to have a device with a laptop, tent, tab, and entertainment modes all in one place. With the adaptive design of the Google Pixel book, you can now seamlessly switch among any of these modes you want. Your favorite apps like Gmail, Drive, Youtube, Photos, Evernote, etc. are only one touch away to get started in this classic device.

Pro-Level Design

Making it even comfortable is its ultra-thin unibody measuring only 10.3mm. The lightweight design weighs only 2.45 lbs with 12.3” * 360” fully touchscreen display. The sleek aluminum body, a backlit keyboard, and corning gorilla glass add a great plus to its design.

Powered By Chrome OS

With the domination of Chrome OS among the computing device today, you cannot ask for anything better than the Pixelbook from Google itself. This is a very user-friendly OS that is fast and secure as well. It automatically updates to keep all the software updated and lets you stay safe from any viruses. It starts in only 10 seconds and stays fast during all your workday.

Verdict

If you have had enough of Windows or Mac and looking to get into the world of Chrome OS, then the Google Pixelbook would probably the best choice for you to get started. It can be a productivity monster that is built with future-oriented design and specification. If you want some kind of a blend of your android phone and laptop then this 2-in-1 device will surely give you the taste of both.

Its Stunning design, excellent specifications, super fast speed, great battery, built-in Google Assistant and google apps, and other amazing features make it a standout option in the laptop market. The only thing that might be a worry for you is the price tag of almost $1000. But having been known about this as a premium Chromebook you should go for it and you will surely not regret it as it provides the right value for money.

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Google Pixelbook i5 – 8 GB RAM, 256GB

This Google Pixelbook is almost the same as the one we just reviewed above. If you’re a gadget lover then one thing you always crave is upgrading your gadget configuration. So with this option of the premium Chromebook from Google, you have few options to get an upgraded version of the previously mentioned one by paying some extra bucks. We’ll be talking about the upgraded configuration of the Pixelbook below alongside its regular features.

Regular Features of The Google Pixelbook

We’ll not go into the details of the regular features that the Google Pixelbook has to offer as we’ve already discussed them earlier. We’ll just have a glimpse of those in this section. Apart from the top-end configuration, the things that will amaze you about this Pixelbook is its thin and lightweight design and 4-in-1 adaptive modes where you can use it as a laptop, tent, tablet, or entertainment device. Getting access to popular android apps and using them without any lag and commanding them with the amazing backlit keyboard and comfortable touchpad gives the delight to use the Pixelbook.

Other features that should amaze you is its built-in google assistant feature, longlasting battery, and fast-charging technology. These features should suffice your need to go for this premium Chromebook. 

 

Talking About The Configuration

As we’ve discussed earlier that the Google Pixelbook comes with some top-end configuration that makes it a premium Chromebook for you. Earlier we’ve talked about the 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processors with 128GB of storage and 8GB RAM. This particular model comes with the 256GB storage version making it more convenient for you in terms of storing your important data. This should be a plus for the Pixelbook version to become your ultimate choice.

Additional Offers

You can also avail of this Pixelbook along with the exclusive Pixelbook Pen and an extra 45W USB Type-C Charger. The Pixelbook Pen is a very handy and smart option to go for. This is a responsive pen that can work with the Google Assistant, and also let you design, write, and draw naturally.

Verdict

The verdict is pretty simple for this one. If you can afford a little more money then go for this larger storage Google Pixelbook and enjoy the great experience of a Chromebook. Having the Pixelbook Pen can add to your joy if you can afford to have one.

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Google Pixelbook i7 – 16 GB RAM, 512 GB

The up-gradation continues and now we look into some premium configuration for this premium Chromebook. We’ve seen Intel i5 Core Processors, 8GB RAM, and 128/256Gb Storage for the Google Pixelbook; now we’ll be moving with the most high-end Google Pixelbook configuration. Before that, we’ll just look around its general features which are not different from the previously mentioned ones. 

There’s nothing new to add in the features list for this particular model of Google Pixelbook except its high-end configuration regarding its processor, memory, and storage. If you are high on a budget then you should eye on this highly configured Pixelbook. 

This will give you great performance along with its amazing look. Using different applications and multitasking will be easy in all 4 different modes that it offers. This is light in weight but heavy in performance with some great specifications. You will have a better experience with your apps, Google Assistant, Pixelbook Pen with such configuration.

i7-16GB-512GB: Good Enough For Almost Anything

With an Intel 7th Gen Core i7 processors you can surely expect great performance with this Pixelbook. Moreover, if you have a RAM of 16GB and an SSD storage of 512 GB then this will surely be enough for almost anything that a Chromebook can have. Especially, if you’re an Android gamer then this device is the best choice for you. You can also do your office works like preparing documents, sheets, or use other enterprise applications in the Google Pixelbook with ease. Remember this one has a larger memory, storage, and better speed; so what else do you want? 

You can also avail of a fast 45W USB Type-C Charger and a Pixelbook Pen to have a better experience with this Pixelbook.

Verdict

Again, a simple verdict. If you have enough money to afford this $1400 Google Pixelbook with the i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB storage, then look no further and grab it as early as possible.

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Google Pixelbook Pen

You have been reading about the Google Pixelbook Pen for quite a while now. It’s time to introduce you to this amazing pen that you can avail of along with your Pixelbook for a great experience. 

Digital Yet Natural

The Pixelbook Pen is a pressure-responsive pen that also supports tilt to help you write, design and draw naturally. It will make you feel like a true pen. You can take your notes anytime you want. You can capture any idea or draw a sketch with the Pixelbook Pen and save it in Google Keep without even unlocking your Pixelbook.

A Smart Assistant

It is a smartpen that works with Google Assistant to make you more information especially if you are a student. You encircle anything with the Pixelbook Pen while pressing and holding the Google Assistant button, it’s going to bring all the information about that encircled thing from the Google’s Server.

Issues Need To Improve

However, there are a few aspects of this pen that need improvements. First of all the fact that it is excluded from the Pixelbook price. Although paying some extra money is quite worthy for something like this. Another issue with this pen is that there is no way to attach the pen with the Google Pixelbook which means you need to carry it separately. Finally, the lack of rechargeable battery is a big issue as these AAAA batteries do not last long.

Verdict

The Pixelbook Pen is a great option for the extensive experience of Google Pixelbook. It works accurately with very little lag time. It can come out very handy for the one who needs to write or keep notes regularly. But unfortunately, it has some issues like its battery and attachment issue. However, having the Pixelbook Pen can complement your experience, so going for it is not a bad idea either. 

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Google Pixelbook 45W USB Type-C Charger

One accessory that you cannot but to have for your Google Pixelbook is the adapter to keep your device charged for uninterrupted tasking. In case you don’t run out of the adapter, we have included this very important accessory in our review list to keep you get going with your Pixelbook experience. 

Powerful Adapter

This powerful adapter is not particularly designed for the Pixelbook, rather it works with all USB C devices. Hence, this adapter is capable enough for being an ally to your Pixelbook. With the Power Delivery 3.0 and 45W output capacity, this sleek looking adapter can take your Pixelbook to fully charged battery status. 

Worth it

You may find it a little pricey but it’s worth it as you don’t want to take chance with your pretty expensive Pixelbook. Its sleek design looks great and the long cable allows you to use your device even from a fair distance to the outlet. The plug also folds down into the adapter making things more convenient for you. It’s tiny enough to let you carry even in the pocket of your jacket or backpack.

Verdict

It is a great adapter and will surely work as expected. Having a fast charging adapter for your Google Pixelbook is very important. You can have two hours’ use by charging it for only 15 minutes. This will help you to have uninterrupted work experience.

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Conclusion

There is no doubt that Google Pixelbook is a premium Chromebook. You can surely compare this with the most top-end Mac and devices. From its grand design to its enriched software arrangements, almost everything seems to be great about this. However, you still want a few little things to improve regarding its price that should be more reasonable and also the Pixelbook Pen which should have a better battery and attachment option. We hope this has been a complete and convincing guide for you about the Pixelbook.

Our review will also follow the most anticipated version of Google’s Chromebook series that is Google Pixelbook 2 as soon as it releases. If you are a Google Nexus lover and also have an eye on google’s Pixel phones then keep your eyes open for our next review where we’ll be reviewing Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 from Google Nexus. Till then it’s goodbye!

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