We would be surprised if the Google Pixelbook didn’t experience some renewed interest, considering all it can do. A true hybrid in every sense of the word, the Google Pixelbook brings so much, both in performance and compatibility, that the similarly priced Chromebook Pixel just couldn’t.
It’s not just one of the best Chromebooks – the Google Pixelbook is one of the best 2-in-1 laptops, period. This is thanks to its ability to offer a taste of Android, while still keeping the features and design of Chrome OS intact – something Windows 10 just can’t offer. With the Pixelbook, Google has packed a ton of modern design flair into a maturing form factor, something mirrored in the Google Pixel Slate.
The Pixelbook Pen also greatly enhances the Pixelbook experience, even if it’s not in the box, as it removes the hassle you may expect from loading Android apps on a laptop. The Google Pixelbook’s ability to transform into a tablet also helps with this.
CPU: 1.2GHz Intel Core i5-7Y57 (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 3.3GHz)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 (1,866MHz)
Screen: 12.3-inch QHD (2,400 x 1,600, 235 ppi) LCD touchscreen (400 nits, 72% NTSC color, 3:2 aspect ratio)
Storage: 256GB SSD (eMMC)
Ports: 2x USB-C 3.1, headphone/mic jack
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2 x 2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.2
Cameras: 720p webcam (60fps)
Weight: 2.4 pounds (1.1kg)
Compared the Google Pixelbook to rivaling premium Chromebooks, for what should be obvious reasons, but we could have easily put it up against the Surface Pro or even the MacBook Pro for its design. That should speak volumes as to how impressed we are by the Pixelbook, and how far Google has taken the Chromebook platform since its inception.
The Google Pixelbook is the first Chromebook worthy of consideration alongside the most high-end Windows and Mac laptops and 2-in-1 devices. That alone should tell you everything you need to know about the Pixelbook: this is the best Chromebook to date, bar none.
That said, this is definitely not the Chromebook you’re likely used to. If you were expecting an affordable laptop that the Chromebook name has become synonymous with, there are plenty of places to look elsewhere.