Google Pixelbook Go Review


Google’s latest Chromebook
is called the Pixelbook Go. It’s very expensive as
far as Chromebooks go, and so it’s not for everyone, but, if you are in the market for a Chrome OS powered laptop, this might just be the one for you. A couple of the positive
things about the Pixelbook Go are first, its construction. This is a very well constructed laptop. It’s not cheap feeling
like you would expect from a say, $299 or $399 Chromebook. This magnesium cover, to
both the top and the bottom of the laptop, is pretty cool because the bottom has this ribbed finish, which is great for gripping. And overall, it kind of plays to this idea that the Pixelbook Go is
not cheap and cheerful, like you’d expect from your
run-of-the-mill Chromebook, it’s more cheerful and high-end. There are aspects to this
that pretty much anyone looking for a good laptop would enjoy, and the magnesium alloy cover to it is certainly one of those things. Google has two color options
for the Pixelbook Go. This one right here is called Just Black and that’s kind of self explanatory. It’s just black. The other color is called Not Pink, which is less self explanatory
because it’s really pink. Now, the Pixelbook Go starts at $649. That is objectively a
lot of money to spend on a Chrome OS powered laptop, but it’s less expensive
than the original Pixelbook, which Google is still selling. That typically retails for around $1,000. The reason for the expense is because there is one, the build quality that I was just mentioning, but also because the
specs are a lot better than you would expect from
an entry level Chromebook. That includes eight gigabytes of memory. The option for up to 256
gigabytes of solid save storage, and several different processor options, which range from a Core
m3, an Intel Core m3 to an Intel Core i7 processor. You do not need these in a
Chromebook, but if you want them, it’s nice to have the option,
and so Google is providing it. The last cool configuration option that we unfortunately do
not have on this machine, is a 4k display. If you want a 4k display
for watching movies, you can get it on the
high-end Pixelbook Go, which costs more than $1,000. Part of the above average build
quality of the Pixelbook Go, is that is has a very
comfortable touch pad, quiet yet sturdy keys. These are things that it shares with lots of higher end
ultra portable laptops. Unfortunately, it also
shares the relative scarcity of input and output options
with ultra portable laptops, which means that you only get two USB ports and an audio jack. That’s all that you get for anything that you might want to plug into it. Fortunately, because it’s a
Chromebook, most of the things, at least from an external
storage perspective, will be in the cloud,
all of your documents, your photos, pictures,
and things like that. So you probably don’t need to plug in an external hard drive, but if you wanna connect
it to an external display, you will need either a special cable, or an adapter that fits
this oval USB-C type shape. I personally think that the
touch pad is the best part. Instead of using the touch pad, you can also touch the screen. It is touch sensitive, but it
does not support pen input. If you wanna draw with a pen, the Google sells their own Pixelbook Pen, you will actually need to
buy the original Pixelbook. The Pixelbook Go, as part
of it’s lower price point, does not support that digital stylus. Now there are two close
competing alternatives to the Pixelbook Go, which we’ve reviewed recently
and we generally like. One of them is from ACER,
it’s the Chromebook 714. That machine is also a
fairly expensive Chromebook, between $500 and $1000, but
it includes the same premium build quality that the Pixelbook Go does. And there’s another Chromebook from Lenovo that is called the C-630, it’s actually a 15.6 inch Chromebook, which is slightly bigger than the Pixelbook Go’s 13 inch screen, and it retails for around
the same price range, between $600 and $1,000. So, the bottom line is that
the Google Pixelbook Go is a very good Chromebook,
but because it’s so expensive, it’s really not for everyone. If you’re just looking for a basic laptop to browse the web or write a school paper, an inexpensive $300 to $500 Chromebook is really the way to go. If you really really like
the Chrome operating system, you’ve used it for a long time,
you know it works for you, and you want a premium
build quality in a laptop that can run that operating system, then in that case, the Pixelbook Go or Google’s other two Chromebooks, the Pixelbook or the Pixelbook Slate, are the ones that you
should be looking at. For more on the Pixelbook Go, check out the full review at pcmag.com

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2 thoughts on “Google Pixelbook Go Review

  1. That seem a vacuous introduction argument. It is not cheap feeling because it is not cheap! If the Pixelbook didn’t exist this would be the most expensive Chromebook by a long way so it ain’t cheap, it is expensive as the Pixelbook is easily bought at a lower price especially the high end models.

    Nice if you have the disposable income but it is the epitome of a luxury product and pretty niche.

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