- The Google Pixelbook has a sleek convertible design. Its sharp touchscreen is bright and colorful. Performance is fast, lag-free and smooth. The dedicated Google Assistant button is useful.
- It’s expensive. The stylus is sold separately. It has the same built-in limitations as other Chrome OS systems.
The Pixelbook has high-end hardware and a great hybrid design, but it’s still hard to justify spending so much on a Chrome OS laptop.
- Full offline capabilities with Android apps
- Excellent build
- Powerful processor
- Plenty of storage
- Short on ports
Google's Pixelbook is a gorgeous, powerful chromebook, but it's competing with great Windows machines at the same price and chromebooks that cost far less.
Google Pixelbook review: Is a £1000 Chromebook truly worth it?
- Gorgeous design and comfortable in use thanks to silicone pad
- Baked in Google Assistant is a fun feature
- Decent battery life and fast charging
- High-res screen and 360-degree hinge for versatility
- Android/Chrome apps can be confusing
- Lacks pro-spec apps as per Windows/MacOS
- Big bezels for a modern device
- Spec largely excessive for a Chromebook (at present)
- It's hugely expensive
Conclusion Starting at £999, it's hard to recommend the Pixelbook.There's no doubt that it's a visually stunning piece of hardware. But its software, while improved and now with Google Assistant baked in, is a confusing mix of Android apps and janky web apps. If you're a creative professional who needs full video and graphics-editing programs, you can't use Pixelbook. It's certainly powerful enough; the necessary apps just aren't there that really need to pull on all that power.Students, who by-and-large only need to access the web, some mobile apps, email, Google Docs, and Netflix, could save a lot of money by going with a cheaper Chromebook. Sure, that'd mean a crappier display, no Pixel Pen or built-in Google Assistant, but they'd still be able to get done what they need to do.Admittedly, we often find ourselves ditching our hefty MacBook Pro, which looks dated in comparison, in favour using the Pixelbook for casual browsing at night time or even for some light work, like typing up this very review. However, we have to switch back to the MacBook Pro soon, as photos for this very piece need to be edited.Ultimately, Google made Pixelbook to flex its design and hardware muscle. And it's succeeded. But it hasn't succeeded in making a Chromebook that's truly worth a grand. Not yet, anyway.The alternatives to considerPocket-lintMicrosoft Surface LaptopAs a similar priced, equally stylish and well-built laptop (albeit with no 360-degree hinge), we would lean towards the Surface Laptop over the Pixelbook. Rather than running Windows 10, however, the Surface Laptop runs Windows 10 S - meaning access to Windows Store only, thus creating a similar "issue" to that of the Pixelbook, in its restriction on app availability. Fortunately, however, the software can be updated to Windows 10 proper. And then you'll have a stunning and hugely capable product.Read the full article: Microsoft Surface Laptop reviewPocket-lintMicrosoft Surface ProPotentially pricey, but the shining example of Windows-based 2-in-1 devices, the Surface Pro has fewer limitations than ChromeOS straight out the box. It can be used as tablet, taptop, or anything in-between, delivering oodles of power. Battery life isn't as good as the Pixelbook, however.Read the full article: Microsoft Surface Pro 5 reviewPocket-lintApple iPad Pro 10.5Ok, so probably our most out there alternative, as Apple's iOS-based tablet doesn't touch upon Android, ChromeOS or Windows apps to any degree. Within its contained ecosystem, however, is a very capable day-to-day laptop alternative, with optional Apple Pencil stylus, all wrapped into a package that's ultimately cheaper than the Pixelbook (well, just about).Read the full article: Apple iPad Pro 10.5 review