Google Pixelbook Chromebook Review
The Chromebook poster child. The most expensive Chromebook available is unsurprisingly fast and very versatile. Just be prepared to bring all your USB Type-C adapters along for the trip.
Chromebooks aren't for everyone. As detailed on our list of what Chromebooks can and cannot do, its environment does not cater to the everyday needs of most Windows or MacOS users and is instead made to serve as a SSH client with heavy dependence on Google's cloud services. As a result, Chromebooks are often very inexpensive since Chrome OS is laser-focused on web browsing and remote work. Recent examples include the Acer Chromebook 14, Lenovo Flex 11, and Lenovo ThinkPad 13 each retailing for less than half of Google's latest convertible.
A very small handful of Chromebooks can be as pricey as modern Ultrabooks. The HP Chromebook 13 G1 and Google Pixelbook are prime examples of the "extreme" side of Chromebooks with their classier aluminum uni-body builds and very high resolution panels to attract more Enterprise clients. Our test unit today is the base $999 USD Pixelbook convertible with a Core i5-7Y57 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB SSD. Upgrading to a larger 256 GB SSD will cost another $200 USD while the highest-end SKU throws in a Core i7-7Y75 with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB NVMe SSD for $1650 USD.
For this review, we will be comparing what the Pixelbook hardware offers over both cheaper Chromebooks and similarly-priced Windows alternatives to justify the four-digit MSRP.