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Google Pixelbook. Photo credit: Google

The Google pixel book can now work with the MacBook Pro. Is it good enough Continue reading.

( This is an update to a post published in December 201

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Following are the prices and configs I am using for comparison purposes [19659005] – The entry-level model from Google Pixelbook: Despite its list price of $ 999, it is a laptop under $ 85 (starting price) due to its consistent price reduction.This model comes with: Intel Core i5-7Y57 (7. Generation) 8GB of RAM and 128GB of memory (a robust configuration for a Chromebook)

– The entry 13-inch MacBook Pro: It's listed at $ 1,299, but is consistently reduced to $ 200.This Entry-level model without a touch bar is equipped with a 7th generation Intel Core i5 (base speed of 2.3GHz), 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage capacity. (I've found that 128GB of memory actually provides a lot of storage space if you decide to configure the MacBook for iCloud storage.)

Note that after the MacBook Pro update from 12. As of July 2018, the entry-level MBP 13 model will remain unchanged from the MacBook Pro 13 mid-2017. Only the MBP 13 models with Touch Bar 2018 (from $ 1,799) will receive the updates such as Intel Quad Core 8 Gen and the improved Butterfly Keyboard.

MacBook Pro 13 on the left and pixel book Credit: Brooke Crothers

Design:

Pixelbook: The 12.3-Inch Google [19659003] Pixelbook lies between the 12.5-inch HP EliteBook x360 and 12-inch MacBook. Like these laptops, it drives the limits of extreme portability. The Pixelbook is a tablet-like 0.4-inch thin and weighs only 2.4 pounds, while the all-aluminum chassis is very solid / durable.

The Pixelbook also has a 360-degree hinge and its touchscreen can fold in various modes including tablet, tent and stand

MacBook Pro: The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro is heavier with just over 3 pounds. But it makes its chassis more efficient than the Pixelbuch, d. H. The ad frames are narrower and the depth (8.36 inches) is actually less than the 8.7-inch Pixel Book. That said, the MBP is slightly wider and much thicker (0.59 inches) than the Google laptop. (Photo below)

Winner: No winner in this category. The Pixelbook expresses the thin and lightweight shell while being sturdy and with good weight distribution. But the MacBook Pro is an overall more efficient design.

MacBook Pro 13 and Pixel Book. Credit: Brooke Crothers

Performance:

As of August 2018, both entry-level notebooks have Intel Core i5 7th generation processors (see notes above). Apple uses a 15-watt Intel Core i5 processor (on the entry-level 13-inch model I use), while Google uses a very weak Core i5 Y-Series 4.5 watt chip (on my configuration )]

Pixelbook: Less wattage typically less power. But not in this case. The Pixelbook is fast in everyday use without delay. I put it to the test by running lots of Chrome tabs, a photo editing app, social media apps, and Microsoft Office. (See PixelBook Raw Benchmark Performance here.) And the MacBook Pro 13 without touch bar benchmark performance here.) [19659003] The snappy Pixel book performance is related to the efficiency of the Chrome OS. On a comparable Windows 10 Ultraportable or 12-inch MacBook that uses very low power Intel Y-Series processors, you will not get the pop you get on a Pixelbook. I have extensively used (and owned) a pair of 12-inch MacBooks and now use a Windows 10 model that is ultra-portable with a Y-Series processor. There is really no comparison, ie Google Chrome OS is just fast.

MacBook Pro: The entry-level MacBook Pro can lag a bit in more powerful applications, but most of the time performance is good and will not bother the typical user.

Winner: Pixelbook. While the 13-inch entry-level MacBook Pro is not listless, it does not feel as fast as the Chromebook. The Chrome OS running on the Pixelbook screams (at least for what I do, which is pretty much the same thing I do on the MBP 13).

Update: If you compare the top-end pixelbook with the updated 2018 Touch Bar MBP 13, this is another discussion that I will only discuss here. The high-end Pixelbook ($ 1,649) uses a 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-7Y75 processor and benchmarks show a very good performance. But the high-end Core i7 (quad-core) MBP 13 (from $ 2,099) is also fast.

Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. Credit: Apple

Battery life:

PixelBook: 41 watt hour rechargeable battery (WHr) rated by Google for up to 10 hours [19659005] MacBook Pro 13: 54.5 Wh Apple Battery Up to 10 Hours

Both the MacBook Pro and the Pixel Book Have Good Battery Life

Best Case: The Pixelbook with temporary use all day (4-5 hours per day in total) took two days to complete without charging. The MacBook Pro is in the same stadium.

Worst Case: Continuous use with processor-intensive tasks and – as with any other device – a noticeable drop in battery life. Just a few hours for the Pixelbook and MacBook Pro.

Winner: a draw. Chrome OS is really a mobile operating system that runs on a laptop and is better at conserving battery power, but Apple has a focus on battery life to make it undecided.

Update: I test and use many laptops. The bottom line is, all high-end "premium" laptops from major OEMs like HP (EliteBook and Specter lines), Dell (XPS line) and Apple have remarkably similar battery life. I can not tell the difference in daily use.

Display:

Pixelbook: The Pixelbuch has a 12.3-inch touchscreen with 2,400 x 1,600 pixels (235 ppi). The display is bright and beautiful. Of course, "beautiful" is subjective and very unscientific. But my impression anyway. That said, NotebookCheck said the PixelBook display had some "disadvantages " (see NotebookCheck paragraph under the heading "Display"). During my very extensive use of the Pixelbook I have never noticed problems with the backlight distribution, as claimed by NotebookCheck.

MacBook Pro: The MacBook has a 13.3-inch, 2,560-by-1,600 retina display (227 ppi). Apple is really good at making sure its displays are the best. The MacBook Pro DCI P3 (color gamut) is very high (good). And Nits (brightness) is also very high.

Winner: MacBook Pro 13. The MBP wins for color gamut and brightness. Display technology is a religion for Apple and it shows.

Ports:

Both the PixelBook and the MacBook Pro have two USB Type-C ports. The MBP supports Thunderbolt 3 and the PixelBook supports 4K screen output.

Winner: None of the others.

Price / Price:

This is the end result for consumers. It means a decently designed system at a reasonable price with good quality.

Winner: Pixelbook. It lists at $ 999, but regularly below that price (retailers consistently discount Pixelbook on rates as low as $ 830, and occasionally Google brings it to $ 749.)

Note that the MacBook Pro configuration I use Can (discounted) for as little as $ 1,099 or even $ 999, depending on the time and dealer. If you find one for sale for this price (in places like Best Buy and B & H Photo), that closes the gap a lot.

Pixelbook foreground and MacBook Pro 13. The Pixel Book has two pads on both sides of the trackpad that serve as palm rest and buffer when you close the display. Credit: Brooke Crothers

Overall winner: Pixelbook (with a qualifier: see below). A great convertible design, high-quality workmanship, good performance, sufficient battery life and an excellent display. Everything for under $ 900 at retailers.

I really like the ChromeBook platform because it's secure, stable, easy to use, and easy to maintain. And Chrome OS is more like mobile operating systems like Android and iOS – a refreshingly clean break from the old, creaky DOS / Windows / Mac platforms.

Qualifier (update): The Chrome OS won I will not run some popular Windows applications. That's fact. Imaging apps, such as the entire PhotoShop application, are not available. Of course, applications like iTunes are not available (but I found a hassle-free way to play my iTunes library in the Pixelbook: look at this app – and there are many other workarounds). Microsoft Office apps like Word are nearing the Windows equivalent from August 2018, although Word has some interesting peculiarities on Chrome.

That is, more and more popular apps are available all the time on the Chrome operating system. And if you already use Google Docs and Google Drive, the Pixelbook is the icing on the cake. And the fact that running Android apps is a huge plus on both Windows and Mac.

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Notes:

Biometrics: Both the Pixelbook and the Budget MacBook Pro Fingerprint reader and face recognition missing. (Although you received a fingerprint reader on the $ 1,799 MBP 13 with the Touch Bar.)

Keyboard: With the aim of keeping the comparison as close as possible, I omitted the keyboard comparison. Nevertheless, I found no bright problems with the keyboards / trackpads on both laptops. The keyboards / trackpads of both laptops are superb, though the Pixelpad trackpad has a much more audible click than the MacBook Pro. That is, the MacBook Pro has a Butterfly keyboard that has limited travel and the tactile feedback may not be satisfactory for some users. (I may be in the minority, but I like the butterfly keyboard of the MBP.)

Audio: The MacBook Pro 13 wins well in audio. But that does not mean that the sound of the Pixelbuch is bad. It is worse than the MBPs but acceptable.

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* You can find exactly the same mid-2017 MBP-13 model, often reduced to around $ 1,099.

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Google Pixelbook. Credit: Google [19659073] The Google pixel book can now work with the MacBook Pro. Is it good enough that you switch? Read on.

( This is an update to a post published first in December 2017. )

Below are the prices and configurations that I use for comparison purposes.

– The entry-level model of Google Pixelbook : It Qualifies for a $ 85 Laptop (Starting Price) for Consistent Discounts Despite Its List Price of $ 999. This Model Comes With: 1.2Ghz Intel Core i5-7Y57 (7th Generation) 8GB Memory and 128GB Memory (a Robust Configuration for a Chromebook)

– The entry 13-inch MacBook Pro: It's listed at $ 1,299, but is consistently discounted up to $ 200 * Touch bar model is equipped with a 7th generation Intel [19659003] Core i5 (base speed of 2.3GHz), 8GB of memory and 128GB of memory. (I've found that 128GB is really a lot of storage space if you decide to configure the MacBook for iCloud storage.)

Note that after the Apple MacBook Pro on July 12, 2018, the entry-level The MBP 13 touch bar is updated The model remains unchanged since mid-2017 MacBook Pro 13. Only the 2018 Touch Bar MBP 13 models (from $ 1,799) receive updates such as the Intel Quad-Core 8th generation and the improved Butterfly Keyboard.

MacBook Pro 13 on the left and pixel book Credit: Brooke Crothers

Design:

Pixelbook: The 12.3-inch Google Pixelbook lies between the 12.5-inch HP EliteBook x360 and 12-inch MacBook. Like these laptops, it drives the limits of extreme portability. The Pixelbook is a tablet-like 0.4-inch thin and weighs only 2.4 pounds, while the all-aluminum chassis is very solid / durable.

The Pixelbook also has a 360-degree hinge and its touchscreen can fold in various modes including tablet, tent and stand

MacBook Pro: The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro is heavier with just over 3 pounds. But it makes its chassis more efficient than the Pixelbuch, d. H. The ad frames are narrower and the depth (8.36 inches) is actually less than the 8.7-inch Pixel Book. That said, the MBP is slightly wider and much thicker (0.59 inches) than the Google laptop. (Photo below)

Winner: No winner in this category. The Pixelbook expresses the thin and lightweight shell while being sturdy and with good weight distribution. But the MacBook Pro is an overall more efficient design.

MacBook Pro 13 and Pixelbook. Credit: Brooke Crothers

Performance:

As of August 2018, both entry-level notebooks have Intel Core i5 7th generation processors (see notes above). Apple uses a 15-watt Intel Core i5 processor (on the entry-level 13-inch model I use), while Google uses a very weak Core i5 Y-Series 4.5 watt chip (on my configuration )]

Pixelbook: Less wattage typically less power. But not in this case. The Pixelbook is fast in everyday use without delay. I put it to the test by running lots of Chrome tabs, a photo editing app, social media apps, and Microsoft Office. (See PixelBook Raw Benchmark Performance here.) And the MacBook Pro 13 without touch bar benchmark performance here.) [19659003] The snappy Pixel book performance is related to the efficiency of the Chrome OS. On a comparable Windows 10 Ultraportable or 12-inch MacBook that uses very low power Intel Y-Series processors, you will not get the pop you get on a Pixelbook. I have extensively used (and owned) a pair of 12-inch MacBooks and now use a Windows 10 model that is ultra-portable with a Y-Series processor. There is really no comparison, ie Google Chrome OS is just fast.

MacBook Pro: The entry-level MacBook Pro can lag a bit in more powerful applications, but most of the time performance is good and will not bother the typical user.

Winner: Pixelbook. While the 13-inch entry-level MacBook Pro is not listless, it does not feel as fast as the Chromebook. The Chrome OS running on the Pixelbook screams (at least for what I do, which is pretty much the same thing I do on the MBP 13).

Update: If you compare the top-end pixelbook with the updated 2018 Touch Bar MBP 13, this is another discussion that I will only discuss here. The high-end Pixelbook ($ 1,649) uses a 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-7Y75 processor and benchmarks show a very good performance. But the high-end Core i7 (quad-core) MBP 13 (from $ 2,099) is also fast.

Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. Credit: Apple

Battery life:

PixelBook: 41 watt hour rechargeable battery (WHr) rated by Google for up to 10 hours [19659005] MacBook Pro 13: 54.5 Wh Apple Battery Up to 10 Hours

Both the MacBook Pro and the Pixel Book Have Good Battery Life

Best Case: The Pixelbook with temporary use all day (4-5 hours per day in total) took two days to complete without charging. The MacBook Pro is in the same stadium.

Worst Case: Continuous use with processor-intensive tasks and – as with any other device – a noticeable drop in battery life. Just a few hours for the Pixelbook and MacBook Pro.

Winner: a draw. Chrome OS is really a mobile operating system that runs on a laptop and is better at conserving battery power, but Apple has a focus on battery life to make it undecided.

Update: I test and use many laptops. The bottom line is, all high-end "premium" laptops from major OEMs like HP (EliteBook and Specter lines), Dell (XPS line) and Apple have remarkably similar battery life. I can not tell the difference in daily use.

Display:

Pixelbook: The Pixelbuch has a 12.3-inch touchscreen with 2,400 x 1,600 pixels (235 ppi). The display is bright and beautiful. Of course, "beautiful" is subjective and very unscientific. But my impression anyway. That said, NotebookCheck said the PixelBook display had some "disadvantages " (see NotebookCheck paragraph under the heading "Display"). During my very extensive use of the Pixelbook I have never noticed problems with the backlight distribution, as claimed by NotebookCheck.

MacBook Pro: The MacBook has a 13.3-inch, 2,560-by-1,600 retina display (227 ppi). Apple is really good at making sure its displays are the best. The MacBook Pro DCI P3 (color gamut) is very high (good). And Nits (brightness) is also very high.

Winner: MacBook Pro 13. The MBP wins for color gamut and brightness. Display technology is a religion for Apple and it shows.

Ports:

Both the PixelBook and the MacBook Pro have two USB Type-C ports. The MBP supports Thunderbolt 3 and the PixelBook supports 4K screen output.

Winner: None of the others.

Price / Price:

This is the end result for consumers. It means a decently designed system at a reasonable price with good quality.

Winner: Pixelbook. It lists at $ 999, but regularly below that price (retailers consistently discount Pixelbook on rates as low as $ 830, and occasionally Google brings it to $ 749.)

Note that the MacBook Pro configuration I use Can (discounted) for as little as $ 1,099 or even $ 999, depending on the time and dealer. If you find one for sale for this price (in places like Best Buy and B & H Photo), that closes the gap a lot.

Pixelbook foreground and MacBook Pro 13. The Pixel Book has two blocks on each side of the trackpad that serve as a palm rest and a buffer when the screen is closed. Credit: Brooke Crothers

Pixelbook (with a qualifier: see below). A great convertible design, high-quality workmanship, good performance, sufficient battery life and an excellent display. Everything for under $ 900 at retailers.

I really like the ChromeBook platform because it's secure, stable, easy to use, and easy to maintain. And Chrome OS is more like mobile operating systems like Android and iOS – a refreshingly clean break from the old, creaky DOS / Windows / Mac platforms.

Qualifier (update): The Chrome OS won I will not run some popular Windows applications. That's fact. Imaging apps, such as the entire PhotoShop application, are not available. Of course, applications like iTunes are not available (but I found a hassle-free way to play my iTunes library in the Pixelbook: look at this app – and there are many other workarounds). Microsoft Office apps like Word are nearing the Windows equivalent from August 2018, although Word has some interesting peculiarities on Chrome.

That is, more and more popular apps are available all the time on the Chrome operating system. And if you already use Google Docs and Google Drive, the Pixelbook is the icing on the cake. And the fact that running Android apps is a huge plus on both Windows and Mac.

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Notes:

Biometrics: Both the PixelBook and the budget-priced MacBook Pro lack fingerprints readers and face recognition. (Although you received a fingerprint reader on the $ 1,799 MBP 13 with the Touch Bar.)

Keyboard: With the aim of keeping the comparison as close as possible, I omitted the keyboard comparison. Nevertheless, I found no bright problems with the keyboards / trackpads on both laptops. The keyboards / trackpads of both laptops are superb, though the Pixelpad trackpad has a much more audible click than the MacBook Pro. That is, the MacBook Pro has a Butterfly keyboard that has limited travel and the tactile feedback may not be satisfactory for some users. (I may be in the minority, but I like the butterfly keyboard of the MBP.)

Audio: The MacBook Pro 13 wins well in audio. But that does not mean that the sound of the Pixelbuch is bad. It is worse than the MBPs but acceptable.

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* You can find exactly the same MBP-13 model in mid-2017, which is often reduced to around $ 1,099.


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