Pixelbook vs. MacBook vs. Surface Laptop: how do the $1,000 laptops stack up?

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Google’s Pixelbook is the revived image of a high-end Chromebook, a top-shelf version of a Google laptop running Chrome OS that’s meant to stand shoulder to shoulder with devices like Apple’s MacBook or Microsoft’s Surface Laptop.

The Pixelbook starts at $999, which isn’t exactly cheap by Chromebook standards, especially when considering that the price doesn’t include the $99 Pixelbook Pen stylus. But if you can work with Chrome OS — something that gets easier and easier with each passing day as Google’s operating system gets more and more capable. It might just be worth the price.

It’s too early to say whether or not the Pixelbook will reach mass-market success. But for now, we’ve compared it against the closest competition across the PC landscape, so that you can see how it stands up

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PIXELBOOK SPEC COMPARISON

Intel Core i5 (seventh-gen)Intel Core i5 (seventh-gen)Intel Core m3 (1.2GHz, dual-core, seventh-gen)Intel Core i3 (2.40 GHz, dual-core, seventh-gen)Intel Core i7 (2.70GHz, dual-core, seventh-gen)Intel Core i7 (seventh-gen)Intel Core i7 (seventh-gen)Intel Core i7 (1.4GHz, dual-core, seventh-gen)Intel Core i7 (1.8GHz, quad-core, eight-gen)

16GB16GB16GB16GB16GB11.4 x 8.7 x 0.4012.13 x 8.79 x 0.5711.04 x 7.74 x 0.5211.98 x 7.88 x 0.6012.72 x 8.84 x 0.56Optional Pixel Pen accessory available for $99Upgradable to full Windows 10 for free until December 31st, 2017No touchscreenBase model has 1080p, non-touch display; more expensive SKUs offer QHD touchscreens

Specification Pixelbook Surface Laptop MacBook Dell XPS 13 Lenovo Yoga 910
Software Chrome OS Windows 10 S macOS High Sierra Windows 10 Windows 10
Display 12.3 inches 13.5 inches 12 inches 13.3 inches 13.9 inches
Resolution 2400 x 1600 2256 x 1504 2304 x 1440 1920 x 1080 1920×1080
Processor (base)
Processor (max) N/A
RAM (base) 8GB 4GB 8GB 4GB 8GB
RAM(max)
Ports USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack USB 3.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, Mini DisplayPort USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack USB 3.0 (x2), SD card reader, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C USB-C (x2), USB 3.0, 3.5mm headphone jack
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Weight 2.4 pounds 2.76 pounds 2.03 pounds 2.70 pounds 3.04 pounds
Dimensions (in.)
Starting price $999 $999 $1,299 $799 $1,099.99
Misc. Base model has 1080p display; more expensive SKUs offer QHD

 

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