When talking about the best Chromebooks available, Google ‘s original Google Chromebook Pixel was a special case: it ran Chrome OS, but on a high – end machine surprisingly with a high – resolution screen and a budget far beyond the low costs the average Chromebooks offered by other brands. In other words, it is unclear who this Chromebook was for or who would like to pay so much for it, when Chromebooks are traditionally lightweight, low cost laptops with minimal specifications.There is no surprise, then, that Google is changing its strategy with the new Pixelbook, a restart of the Chromebook Pixel that is now available for pre-order.The good news is that the Pixelbook seems more targeted than the first of Google’s Chromebook, slimmed down to a very mobile hybrid notebook competing more directly with Pro surface and surface book offers.
The bad news is that the Pixelbook is still an outlier, at least a few hundred dollars more than the average Chromebook and much more storage than Chromebooks usually offer, which continues to blur the Chrome tracks.
The Pixelbook is a small hybrid model designed to be very mobile.
But let’s talk about the specifications of this $ 1,000 (and more) hybrid .
Storage starts at 128GB and goes up to 512GB, all on SSD. The processor can be either an Intel i5 or i7 chip and RAM can be either 8GB or 16GB. The battery is loosely suggested to last ‘all day’, but the small print admits a low 10 hours (including time waiting time), which suggests this hybrid needs a lot of juice to manage its expanded services.
As far as design goes, the touch screen is smaller than the original laptop, at 12.3 inches, which is pretty low compared to the related brands.
The extra-thin aluminum body is more in the shape of the Microsoft Surface Book than before, but not quite flat and as wide, making it easier to fit in a case or backpack.
The $ 100 Pixelbook pen (also imitating the Pen surface by Microsoft) completes the touch screen with some tricks like the possibility to circle images or text to access additional options.
Finally, the Pixelbook includes Google’s built-in assistant, both an assistant key and a voice command option that helps you find things, answer questions, create events, and so on.
Thus, the Pixelbook seems to be in direct competition with the latest Microsoft laptops, and includes a little more price flexibility: Is it enough to make it a success, or buyers will continue to prefer their low-cost Chromebook models? ?