Right now, over at Amazon, you can pick up the entry level Google Pixelbook for $899, a savings of $100 off the regular price. In fact, you can pick up the Pixelbook and the Pixelbook Pen together for $997, which is less than the normal price of the Chromebook itself.
The price is for the Intel i5 powered unit with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It is certainly powerful enough to do anything you would need, be it in Chrome OS or Android apps running on the device.
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Right now, over at Amazon, you can pick up the entry level Google Pixelbook for $975. While it is not a massive discount, only $24 off the regular price, it falls under the category of “better than nothing”.
And “entry level” is a bit misleading because we are talking about one of the most powerful Chromebooks out there. The price is for the Intel i5 powered unit with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It is certainly powerful enough to do anything you would need, be it in Chrome OS or Android apps running on the device.
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Google has quietly posted the new, official Google Pixelbook sleeve on the Google Store site. The fabric sleeve, which holds your Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen, is an eye watering, hellishly expensive $100. If you feel so compelled, you can order one at the Store.
The microfiber exterior sleeve has a microfiber lining and a magnetic closure too keep your Pixelbook and Pen safely tucked inside. It comes in one color, Stone.
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There is little doubt that Google is on a mission to add Google Assistant to all the things. That, now apparently, includes your Chromebook. A new merged commit in the Chromium Gerrit suggest that Google Assistant flags will be coming to Chrome OS. This means that any device on the platform, assuming it meets performance specs, could potentially have Assistant a tap away.
Right now Google Assistant on Chrome OS is exclusive to the Google Pixelbook. For that device, a specific build, which enables Google Assistant, is provided each time there is a build update on the platform. But, according to this commit, a flag option could be made available to enable it on any device.
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For those of you who have a Google Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen, Google is offering you a free loop to attach to your Chromebook to hold your Pen when it is not in use. The company has setup a site where you enter in your information and they will ship you the loop in a few weeks.
While the reviews of the Pixelbook have been gushing, one complaint from reviewers and users has been what to do with the $100 Pixelbook Pen when it is not in use. This free loop seems to be Google’s answer to the problem.
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Today’s Deal is for anyone who needs a HDMI port or USB-A port for their USB-C powered devices. On most new Chromebooks, like the Google Pixelbook, you have just USB-C ports. The same goes for the new MacBook Pro from Apple. Sometimes you need a HDMI port to connect to a monitor or projector, or need to access that older USB flash drive. That’s where the AUKEY USB-C Hub can come in handy. Priced at $34.43, it gives you plenty of ports to work with to get your day done.
In all, the hub (model CB-C60 for those that are curious) gives you six ports and connects to your Chromebook or MacBook Pro via the connected USB-C cable that is just under 6″ (150mm) in length. You have one USB-C port which works as a pass through for charging your device while you are using the Hub (up to 60W). You have four USB-A ports that support USB 3.0, giving you up to 5GB of data transfer speed. Finally, you have a 4K HDMI port to connect your Chromebook or MacBook Pro to an external monitor.
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If you like your ultra thin Google Pixelbook or any ultra thin laptop for that matter, you have in part to thank Steve Jobs and Apple. 10 years ago today, Apple introduced the Macbook Air. It was a radical departure from what laptop design, including Apple themselves, had been to that point. Sporting a single USB-A port, headphone jack and power connector, the Macbook Air ditched all the conventional things at the time like a DVD drive and spinning hard disks internally. It also introduced a multi-touch touchpad.
Instead, Apple moved to SSD drives internally and ditched the DVD drive altogether, seeing a future where they simply wouldn’t be needed. They were right as we know now ten years on but at the time, it was radical thinking.
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