Google Pixelbook Go: premium for less

Google’s latest laptop, the Pixelbook Go is here and is aimed at users who majorly use laptops for cloud operations or Google apps activities making it a very appealing alternative to Microsoft and Apple laptops.

The Pixelbook Go offers decent performance, coupled with a bright 13.3-inch display, fast processors, a solid trackpad, and an amazing battery life, all these packed into its lightweight and super slim chassis.

Those are some of its great features, but there are plenty of the bad sides too. It has scanty ports, no biometric security options, the hush keyboard could be clickier and the speakers are not the best you’ll get in a Chromebook at its price.

In this article, we’ll be discussing everything about Google Pixelbook Go, from its design, display, keyboard, performance and battery life, and let you know if the new Pixelbook Go is the right laptop for you.

Design

The Pixelbook Go comes in two colors which Google calls ‘Just Black’ and ‘Not Pink’. In terms of design, the Pixelbook Go has a magnesium-alloy lid which sports a sleek G alphabet, indicating the Google logo. While the base has a new ribbed plastic-like design from Google to aid grip the laptop and prevent falling from your hand. It’s quite comfortable and convenient to use but makes the design a bit boring.

Coming to size and dimensions, the Pixelbook Go is thin and light, and measures just 0.5 inches thick and weighs about 2.3 pounds, which makes it a lightweight laptop.

Display

The Pixelbook Go features a 13.3-inch LCD touchscreen display, with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 (1080p) and a pixel density of 166 PPI resulting in a bright and very colorful display. For a Chromebook, the 13.3-inch glossy touch-screen display on the Pixelbook is remarkably vibrant and colorful for work and media consumption.

The only issue with the display is its large bezels present at the top and bottom of the screen. The display also comes with a 16:9 screen ratio with some large bezels that take up some considerate screen space.

Keyboard and Touchpad

One of the main highlights of the Pixelbook Go is its keyboard called the ‘Hush Keys’, which is awfully quiet when pressed due to its keys low depth when pressed, and sacrifices clicking, a feature a good keyboard should have.

It also has a couple of custom keys on the keyboard with buttons dedicated to the Google Assistant and Google search bar. The only issue here is the absence of a dedicated keyboard-backlight button, and to switch on the keyboard backlight. You’ll have to press down the Alt-key and then hit the display-brightness button.

The touchpad on the Pixelbook Go is a wide 4.6 x 2.6-inch touchpad, which is spacious and soft to touch. The touchpad is clicky and quite responsive but the cursor is very jumpy and would rapidly move when dragged to click on something. This can, however, be fixed by reducing pointer speed. 

Performance and Specs

Google’s latest Chromebook, comes with either an Intel Core m3, i5, or i7 processor, depending on the configuration you’ll be getting with memory coming in either 8GB or 16GB of RAM. In terms of internal storage, the m3 has 64GB, while the core i5 has 128GB, and the Core i7 has 256GB of internal storage.

In terms of performance, don’t expect amazing performance from the Pixelbook Go unlike premium laptops from the likes of Apple and Microsoft, as the Pixelbook Go is not a heavy-duty laptop, especially with its fan-less Intel CPUs.

The entry-level Intel Core m3 and Core i5 models are good for light and basic tasks such as editing and multitasking, while the core i7 model is good for some basic to moderate tasks, such as photo editing, 4k video editing, and others. The Intel UHD 615 graphics card present in Pixelbook Go limits it from running today’s games smoothly.

Nevertheless, the laptop can handle Android games and play 1080p videos just fine, but anything beyond that is demanding a lot for the system to handle. This is especially due to the fact that the Google Chrome OS doesn’t really support many demanding applications. Below are specs of the Google Pixelbook Go.

Specs

Display13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 by 1,080 ) or 4K (3,840 by 2,160) touchscreen display 16:9 screen ratio
Processor8th Gen Intel Core m3, i5, or i7
RAM8GB or 16GB
Internal Storage64GB, 128GB or 256GB
GraphicsIntel UHD 615
CameraFront-facing camera 2MP, 1080p video
BatteryUp to 12 hours of use with fast charge
Size and Dimensions12.2mm x 8.1mm x 0.5 2.3 pounds
ConnectivityWi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 (MIMO), dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz), Bluetooth: 4.2

Software and Features

The Pixelbook comes bundled with the Chrome OS that is the norm of all Chromebooks released by Google, with the Pixelbook Go coming with one of the cleanest versions of it.

Although the laptop doesn’t really offer anything new in terms of software and features that are not already seen in previous Chromebooks, it majorly lacks tons of bloatware found on other laptops.

In terms of features on the Pixelbook Go, the distinctive 1080p webcam camera is a delight to use on Pixelbook taking very sharp and good-looking pictures which is a rarity on Chromebooks or even on some of the most expensive laptops out there.

Sadly, the Pixelbook Go lacks biometric authentication tools like a fingerprint sensor or face unlock for security. Google made sure to point out you can pair your android phones and its biometrics to unlock the Pixelbook Go.

This also applies to the lack of LTE connectivity, with Google providing an option of tethering your Pixel smartphone to the laptop directly from the system menu.

Battery Life

Battery life is just awesome, Google claims up to12 hours of use with the Pixelbook Go, but that is not quite the case in real-time. Using the laptop on moderate editing and watching 1080p videos should sustain you for an average of eight hours.

The Pixelbook Go supports fast charging through either of its USB-C ports, which can juice the laptop up from zero to about 35 percent in 30 minutes.

Comparison to the Competition

Google’s Pixelbook Go quality for its money cannot be overlooked. For a starting price of you get a super slim laptop design, coupled with a vibrant display and good performance, all these added with its awesome battery life. Its only shortcomings are the limited number of ports, lack of expandable storage and if you are looking for is an alternative Chromebook at a cheaper price then you can go for the Asus Chromebook Flip C434. It also comes with a vivid stunning display, a convertible design some added features and long battery life all at a cheaper price of $569.

ProsCons
Excellent design that is easy to gripLacks Biometric security options
Very soft ‘hush keyboard’No Micro SD card slot
Sharp 1080p webcamScanty ports
Beautiful displaySpeaker quality is subpar compared to the competition
Long-lasting battery life 

Verdict

Google’s latest Chromebook, the Pixelbook Go is the perfect laptop for you if you are looking to spend less cash on a premium laptop. Its selling point includes an excellent quality design, its amazing battery life, 1080p webcam, and the hush keyboard. If you can live without its limited number of ports, lack of biometric security and the harsh sounding speaker, the Pixelbook Go is highly recommended.