There is no debate that the Google Pixelbook is a premium device. Not only does the $999 starting price tag give that away, but the overall design of the machine itself screams premium. It could well be the most attractive – dare I say sexy? – laptop on the market today, regardless of platform.
Google launched the Pixelbook, and the accompanying Pixelbook Pen in October 2017 with the launch of the Pixel 2 phone lineup. At the time, and still today, many scoffed at the idea of a $1000 Chromebook, citing previous web-only experiences with Chrome OS. But the world, and Chrome OS, has changed. No longer does the platform require a constant connection to be functional and add to that the native Android app support of the Pixelbook, you have a device that can serve many purposes in your day-to-day life at work and at home.
The question for the Pixelbook, and really any Chromebook, is can it meet your needs? I suspect that for the vast majority of readers, it will hit the 90-95% of what you need. The question is can you live without the other 5-10% or compromise to make it work on this device? That’s something I can’t answer for you as everyone’s 5-10% is different.
Recently I received a Google Pixelbook to review. After spending a couple of weeks with it as my primary laptop device (as well as my Android tablet), I’m nothing short of impressed. No the Pixelbook is not perfect but it is close. Really close.
Actually, I should clarify that statement. The Pixelbook, from a hardware perspective, is second-to-none. The only limitations are with Chrome OS itself. And with the additional features that are coming in future Chrome OS builds, that will change.