Google GA00122-US Pixelbook (12.3-inch/i5/8 GB RAM/128GB)


Google Pixelbook Review. The speedy and sexy Google Pixelbook is the
best Chromebook, though it comes at a much higher price than we’re used to. Kudos, Google. While the Pixelbook’s 3:2 aspect
ratio may give it a look that sticks out like a square peg in a round hole, this is one
of the most attractive machines I’ve ever tested. Not only is its aluminum unibody design insanely
thin, but its silicon wrist rests and accents feel fantastic. The Pixelbook is so small, in fact, that it
doesn’t remind me of other tech gadgets but rather an actual paper notebook. Specifically, this marvelously slender laptop
evokes those expensive saddle-stitched notebooks that you find only in boutique stationery
stores. It’s not technically rugged but the Pixelbook
is the most durable Chromebook you can buy. We dropped 11 of the most popular Chromebooks
from heights of 2.5 feet and 4.5 feet onto carpet and concrete, and the Pixelbook came
out on top. In fact, Google’s laptop looked like it had
just been taken out of the box for the first time, even after our brutal side-drop test
from 4.5 feet. The Pixelbook’s backlit keyboard enables comfortable
typing for extended periods, despite its thin measurements and shallow design. While its keys have only 0.9 millimeters of
travel, they feel more comfortable than those on the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard, which is
louder to type on. Google appears to be making up for this shallowness
with key mechanisms that require 68 grams of actuation force, beating our 60-gram minimum. The Pixelbook can get loud enough to fill
a large conference room, but the audio lacks clarity. While listening to Keith Lee’s “Ground Zero”
and Grandtheft and Keys N Krates’ “Keep It 100” via Google Play Music. I admired crisp drums but wondered where the
bass went and why vocals sounded so flat. Finally, a Chromebook with power. I saw no stutter or lag when splitting my
screen between a 1080p YouTube video and a dozen tabs, all while using the apps for Slack,
Twitter and Outlook. Chromebooks often offer terrific battery life,
but yet again, the Pixelbook isn’t your average Chrome OS laptop. The notebook lasted only 7 hours and 43 minutes
on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. While Google promotes the Pixelbook’s fast-charging
battery, its claim of up to 2 hours of use after 15 minutes of charging didn’t bear out
in my testing. After charging for those 15 minutes, I managed
to eke out 1 hour and 18 minutes from the Pixelbook, though my activity mixed both Chrome
web surfing and Android app usage. The Pixelbook is one of the few, the proud
and the fortunate of its brethren with decent apps. The long-running issue with Chromebooks was
that they couldn’t compete with Windows or macOS machines because they were limited to
apps from the Chrome Web Store, which is about 95 percent junk. Now, by bringing the Google Play store and
its Android apps to the platform — a long-promised change that’s finally taking place this year
on select machines. Including the Samsung Chromebook Pro and the
Asus Chromebook Flip — the Chromebook has a better chance of competing. The addition of Android finally gives Chromebook
buyers a reason to consider significantly larger storage options thanks to apps that
save content for offline usage. Those include the Netflix app’s ability to
save TV shows and Spotify Premium’s power to keep playlists for later. I found the option to store my favorite podcasts
particularly compelling. Everything about the Pixelbook feels premium
except its pedestrian 0.9-megapixel webcam. Sure, the selfie I shot with the notebook
delivered accurate greens in our office’s rooftop shrubbery and the reds of my T-shirt,
but the leaves of those plants and most of the strands in my hair were lost in blurriness. The Pixelbook’s aesthetics, performance and
display are great for a Chromebook, but they also stack up well against Windows- and iOS-powered
competitors. If not for its higher price and subpar battery
life, the Pixelbook would be an easy recommendation. If money’s no option, the Google Pixel is
the best damn Chrome OS machine you’ll find because it provides a level of usability,
performance and style you won’t find on any other Chromebook. Kindly see the description for this Amazon
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