Google today announced enough gadgets and gadgets at its annual Made by Google event, and as cool as the Pixel 4 is, the Pixelbook Go might be my favorite gadget we've seen today. It is a seriously impressive piece of hardware.
At first glance, it may look like just another Chromebook, but it is not at all. It really seems like the return to the original Google concept from Chromebook, although with a more modern twist. Everything the company has learned from its previous Chromebooks (and Chrome OS in general) is fully realized in the Pixelbook Go.
Although it may be easy to view the Go as a sequel to the original Pixelbook, it is really more of a sideways movement. Because it is not a convertible (it is not in tablet mode), it is just what it is ̵
Speaking of the screen, Google has opted for a more traditional 16: 9 panel for the Go & # 39; s 13.3-inch display, a deviation from the 3: 2 format on the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate. That is probably a hit-and-miss choice of some people, but I personally think it makes perfect sense for something that should be a laptop and not a tablet. That said, most models run on 1920 × 1080, which is a bit low compared to most modern machines. In my hands-on time with the Go, however, I could not see the difference compared to the Pixelbook. If you want to be sure that you have as many pixels as possible, a version with a 4K Molecular Display is available.
Moving under the screen is a favorite user of the Pixelbook: the keyboard. The Go's keyboard is largely the same as the Pixelbook, except now that it is even quieter. The trackpad is also very similar, but it is a bit larger and has rounded edges instead of the square profile on the Pixelbook. The Go is very much about refinements.
However, before we go to the inside of the Go, I want to talk about the bottom of the device quickly: it's kind of weird. It is a structured / ribbed bottom that certainly makes it easier to hold and carry, which is the whole point. Google told us that the number one way that most laptops break down is to drop by, so this is there to prevent that. And really, if you don't like it, you never see it when you use the laptop.
On the inside, the Pixelbook Go is still pretty interesting, because many of the components mirror what is found in Google's Chrome OS tablet (the Pixel Ste). All models have 8th generation Intel Core processors, along with at least 8 GB of RAM (even in the base model) and a minimum of 64 GB of storage. The sweet spot seems to be the Core i5 model with 16 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, but I can also see how that would be too much for many users.
If you're looking for the meat and potatoes for the Pixelbook Go, here it is: this is a killer Chromebook. I have been using the Pixelbook as my main laptop for over a year and I have had no reason to want to use anything else … so far. The Go is slimmer, lighter, faster and, dare I say, sexier. I can't wait to get one.
You can hook the Core m3 model with 8 GB RAM and 64 GB storage for just $ 649, but a few hundred extra with a boost from the processor to an i5 and storage up to 128 GB ($ 849). If you are a RAM junkie, grab another $ 100 for an i5 / 128 model with 16 GB RAM ($ 999), or go all out and grab the i7 model with 16 GB RAM, 256 GB storage and a 4K display for a cool $ 1,399.
Pre-orders start today for the two basic models in Just Black, with the other two builds and no pink color later.