Now the brand “Pixel” is associated with smartphones, but the first device with this name was the flagship laptop Google Chromebook Pixel. Recently released Google Pixelbook is a new model in a series of Chromebooks, known for their high performance and proprietary software.
Google Pixelbook Software
Operating system Chrome OS is very different from the usual for most users of Windows 10. Key feature here is given to the browser Chrome, and from the Google Play Store you can install even Android-applications.
For the first time, the Play Store on Chrome OS appeared on the Samsung Chromebook Pro laptop – but there were always bugs, the programs crashed, and the interface as a whole was too slow. On Pixelbook, there are no such problems, Play Market runs smoothly, and applications open quickly.
Google Pixelbook even supports switching applications from portrait format (as on the phone) to full-screen.
Features and voice assistant
There are various configurations of the laptop: with an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, with 8 or 16 GB of RAM and with an SSD of 128, 256 or 512 GB. In any case, you will get high performance.
The voice assistant is launched not only with the phrase “OK Google”, but also with a special button on the keyboard – when clicked, a pop-up window opens on the left of the screen where you can select Assistant.
Assistant has a very useful function – the program reads the text on the screen and provides information on the relevant topic. For example, if someone mentioned a restaurant in the mail, you can turn on the assistant, click on the icon and get all the information about the institution: site, address, menu, phone number, etc.
On the Pixelbook, the pen stylus function is even better developed than some competitors. Press and hold the button on the stylus until you draw something interesting, and Assistant will automatically display an informative panel. This works not only with the text, but also with the image – the system accurately recognizes the faces of people.
At the moment, Assistant is only added to the Pixelbook, the rest of the gadgets in the Chromebook series will receive a voice assistant only in 2018.
Hinges with a rotation angle of up to 360 degrees allow you to use Google Pixelbook as a tablet. This Chromebook has a unique design that was not seen on laptops before – a quarter of the keyboard panel is covered with glass, which makes the laptop look like a Pixel 2 smartphone.
Glass is installed is not easy for beauty, it improves wireless communication. The rest of the case is made of silver solid aluminum. The weight of the device is only 1.1 kg.
12.3-inch LCD display Google Pixelbook looks a little outdated because of the massive framework – Google claims that this is for greater stability in tablet mode. The screen is bright, colors are colorful, the resolution of 2400 × 1600 pixels with a density of 235 ppi provides excellent picture clarity.
Ports and Connections
Google encourages users to use Pixel smartphones with a Pixelbook laptop, providing many special features. For example, you can instantly connect Pixelbook to a smartphone from Google in the absence of Wi-Fi. On both devices, the USB Type-C cable is used for charging.
The Google Pixelbook has two USB Type-C charging ports and a 3.5 mm headphone jack – there are not enough USB-A ports and an SD card slot. The camera is in the middle of the panel above the screen and is capable of recording video at a resolution of 720p at a frequency of 60 fps, given the high price of the laptop, I was expecting a 1080p format.
For Android games, which need to tilt the device, there is a built-in gyroscope. Trackpad with a good tactile response, it is large and convenient.
Google Pixelbook stylus
To reveal all the possibilities of Pixelbook, it’s worth to buy a Pixelbook Pen for $ 100 (5 900 rubles). This stylus is developed by Google in cooperation with Wacom, it has more than 2000 levels of sensitivity to pressure and tracks the slope to 60 degrees. The response takes only 10 milliseconds.
The delay in entering from the stylus is almost imperceptible, it’s very convenient to draw. I was pleased with the mode in which the touch screen perceives only the Pixelbook Pen – this allows you to put your palm directly on the display during drawing.
Unfortunately, there is no special charging technology for the pen, we have to use a standard AAAA battery.
Availability and price
The simplest configuration of Google Pixelbook costs about $ 1,000, although for a model with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD, you’ll have to pay $ 1,650. In my opinion, this Chromebook Google unreasonably high price – especially compared to other competitors.
Benefits of Google Pixelbook
- Google Assistant
- Comfortable keyboard
- High resolution screen
- Excellent performance
- Lightweight and compact
Disadvantages of Pixelbook
- High price
- Only two USB-C