The Pixelbook is the best Chromebook you can buy, but it's also one of the most expensive Chromebooks you can buy. The big challenge for the Pixelbook Go is that you can afford much of what you like about the Pixelbook and Google aesthetics in general and only charge $ 650. This is a damn good idea, but my limited amount of time with the Pixelbook Go suggests that there could be a high Google tax if it's an "affordable" Chromebook.
The Pixelbook Go costs $ 70 more than our favorite budget Chromebook the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 . The specification is similar, however. Both devices rely on an m3 processor of the 8th generation from Intel. Both have 1
That's supposed to mean the Google Pixelbook Go might be better, right? More memory and less weight – who needs the extra 7-inch display of the Asus Chromebook Flip?
The Flip has only one thing that I'm not so sure about, whether or not I want to give Google a hug. It has a 360-degree hinge that can quickly turn it into a chunky tablet. This is a welcome feature for Chromebooks as they increasingly support elements of Android, merging the two operating systems into one Google-developed Nirvana.
The hinge of the Pixelbook Go is nowhere near as flexible, and Google has confirmed that it does not offer pen support. This device should only work as a laptop and as a laptop.
This is not as common as it used to be in the budget Chromebook area. Something that Google itself confirmed when I talked to Google Vice President Phil Carmack and Senior Product Manager Ben Janfosky . Janfosky said the company was aiming at portability and price when planning the Pixelbook Go and therefore decided to remove some features that increase the price (including the hinge and pen holder). He called it a "compromise," but quickly discovered that the Pixelbook Go has a touch screen.
Surprisingly, this touchscreen does not necessarily affect the battery life. Google states that the Pixelbook Go has a battery life of 12 hours. Most Chromebooks available for that price or less at retail will have a battery life of 8 to 9 hours – even the Dell Chromebook 3100 for $ 450 is our best-in-class choice for battery life on a budget Chromebook , just a little over 10 hours.