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
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|
|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|
|Misc.||Base model has 1080p display; more expensive SKUs offer QHD|