Google’s new expensive laptop is nothing but a romanticised version of a Chromebook. The Pixelbook, whose price starts at $999, is reasonably flexible, secure, fast and nicely designed. In other words, it is the best hardware that runs Chrome OS—Google’s PC operating system.
In spite of its gloss and extravagant price, the Pixelbook seems more like an advertising campaign for the promotion of Chrome OS than a staunch contender to other pricey laptops such as Microsoft’s Surface or Apple’s MacBook Pro.
Chrome OS, which was launched six years ago, and is developed to be cloud first. Basically, it’s nothing but a web browser extended into an operation system. Apart from running web apps, it has also stretched out support to Android apps. Although, one might not get all the features and functions found in software such as Photoshop, but the question is does one need all the trimmings.
In fact, Chromebooks are for the day-to-day use of daily computing, which entails surfing videos, managing photos and creating spreadsheets. Almost all leading computer makers, such as Samsung, Acer, Toshiba, HP, Asus and Dell, manufacture their own Chromebooks. Most of these cost around $500 or less, and they are sold in various sizes and shapes (as desktops and laptops). Even the $85 dongle— Chromebit—can modify any screen into a computer. Their major selling points include simplicity, affordability and security. One of the USPs of Chrome OS is that it does not require costly hardware systems. This is exactly the reason why Pixelbook does not quite fit in. If you are willing to spend a fortune on a laptop, the least you will expect it to operate full versions of particular applications.
Nevertheless, the Pixelbook is an attractive computer. It is a convertible laptop that has LCD touchscreen display of 12.3 inches. The device can be deemed a bulky tablet, and it has the capacity to be bent all the way back and to be contorted into a tent position to ease the experience of watching videos. Apart from that it has a headphone jack and a pair of USB Type C ports. To start with, it has 128 GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Also, an optional stylus—the Pixelbook Pen—is made available for $99.
Similar to Pixel phones, the Pixelbook is made of aluminium and has a glossy white-coloured blocking. The keyboard in general is great to use, and it has low keys that make extremely satisfying clacks. Google Assistant, although not very necessary on a PC, has been installed all through the device. So basically, the Pixelbook not only highlights the success of Chrome OS, but it also presents it at its finest. Over the years, Google has successfully enticed people into its ecosystem partly by making its apps and services available to contending mobile and PC operating systems.