Review: Can Google's Pixelbook Laptop Compete?

The Chromebook family of laptops is known for two things. Firstly, they’re cheap. The devices are essentially Google’s suite of cloud software granted a physical form, a Chrome web browser inside a hard laptop shell that, in some cases, can also run Android apps.

This leads into the second thing Chromebooks are known for: what you use them for is pretty much limited to what you can do inside a browser window. You don’t get the full functionality of a Windows laptop, but because a Chromebook typically doesn’t require much in the way of hard drive space and processing power, you also don’t get the accompanying price tag.

The cheapest Chromebooks cost less than [$265] , and are made by a gaggle of third-party manufacturers, most notably Samsung, HP and Acer. Schools continue to be one of the biggest markets for the devices, where teachers dish them out to students like laptop confetti (although not in any of the schools I’ve ever been to).

Much like the way Nexus phones were the result of Google stepping in to make its own Android handset, the Pixelbook [seen here] is Google’s latest attempt at making its own Chromebook from scratch. To say they’ve gone for it would be an understatement — the Pixebook is a beautiful piece of technology.

It’s slim and ultra-lightweight, with an aluminum body and a neat (and wi-fi enhancing) glass panel spanning the upper portion of the lid, similar to that of the Pixel phones. At 10.3mm when shut and weighing less than a kilo, it’s one of the few 2-in-1 laptops that also functions comfortably as a tablet, with the 360-degree hinges allowing you to fold the touchscreen back on itself and start a-pokin’ with the ol’ fingers.

The spot on either side of the trackpad where you rest your wrists is…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

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