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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    ALMOST Perfect. Best Chromebook & its by GOOGLE

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    MarkusKong
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    Google Pixelbook Setup/Testing/Conclusion I have to say, first impressions are key to a successful relationship… Let's just say, I am in LOVE with the Google Pixelbook. Google has done a wonderful job, everything from the packaging of the Pixelbook down to the actual Pixelbook. On the back of the box it says “Turns Heads”. When I opened up the box and removed the Pixelbook out of its beautiful packaging, I can tell you that everyone around me turned their heads. I had several individuals approach me and ask me what this beauty is. I told them, it’s apparently the best Chromebook out to date right now. The materials that Googled use are high quality. I mean, even the box is made of quality material. The Pixelbook itself is made of aluminium which makes it look stunning. If you have a Pixel phone, you’ll see the resemblance as the Pixelbook also as it has the glass bar which is in fact where the antenna sits. The Pixelbook also has no vents at all as there are NO fans. That’s right folks! NO VENTS or FANS needed! What does that mean? A low heat, low power consumption, no noise ultrabook. I mean common ladies and gentlemen… That is just wonderful! The screen itself is an LCD of 12.3” 2400x1600 (235 ppi). Normal viewing/use is great and watching YouTube or Netflix is even better. Don’t forget that the screen itself is also touchscreen. I didn’t use it too often but there are no problems to report here as well except for the large bezels. From what I know, Google made the bezels/border larger around the screen so that your fingers have a place to rest/hold/grip when the Pixelbook is turned into tablet mode. That’s right! The Pixelbook also has the ability to go into tablet mode by flipping the screen all the way back or even simply putting it in “tent” mode. The keyboard has some very nice feedback and I thoroughly enjoyed the soft pads that sits perfectly where your palms rest when typing. The keys are well spaced and has a travel of 0.8mm with some nice backlit keys. The Pixelbook’s keyboard is by far one of the best laptop keyboards I’ve ever used. The keyboard does take just a little bit to get acclimated with it. This is because there are no F keys along with no Windows or caps lock key. You can hold the alt key and hit what would be the caps lock key and it’ll turn caps lock on. Otherwise that key is what is used as the “search app key”. The traditional Windows key on the bottom left of the keyboard is the Google Assistant key. Another thing I want to highlight is the trackpad, it's made of glass and works perfectly with both smoothness and accuracy. It took me just a little bit here as well to realise how to right click as there isn’t really a right click built into the trackpad. As a matter of fact, I actually like being able to just tap with two fingers to right click; it’s faster and just feels down right great. There are a couple things I wasn’t too fond of and felt that Google can make some improvements on. The first problem I have with the Pixelbook are the speakers. The speakers are built underneath the keyboard so the sound doesn’t really have an “oomph” or anything at all. To be completely honest, the speakers sound… small. I can definitely see Google making an improvement on the speakers on their next version/model. The next thing I don’t like too much is the large bezel/border around the screen. There’s a lot of black and I personally feel like Google could’ve made the screen bigger instead of having so much bezel/border. I was able to test the camera and I feel like Google can also make an improvement there. I mean the Pixel phone is marketed to be the best camera on a phone out there. So why not put a crazy good camera on the Pixelbook? The last thing I didn’t like too much was the tablet mode. It just felt downright kinda weird… I mean sure the keyboard gets deactivated and all but holding it in tablet mode just feels… weird. I would’ve liked to see the screen being able to rotate and then flip all the way back into tablet mode. This way it's the back of the laptop that you’re touching instead of the actual keyboard. Now I’m going to actually talk about usage. Speaking on usage, I wasn’t able to really get 10 hours of usage on a full charge as marketed. I would say I got about anywhere between 6 ~ 7 hours of real world usage. The good thing is since it's USB C that charges the Pixelbook, you’ll be able to get some fast charging so you’ll be back at work in no time! Now to the talk about Chrome OS. Chrome OS definitely takes a little getting use to. Prior to the Pixelbook, I’ve mainly been a Windows guy. With Chrome OS, it gives you the ability to download apps on the Google Play Store along with download other goodies on the Chrome Web Store. Opening the Google Chrome browser, Gmail App, Google Docs, and YouTube was quite interesting… It basically opens everything up in the Chrome browser. I was able to test some games that I downloaded on the Google Play Store and it was pretty fun. All the games I played were all scaled correctly for the Pixelbook. I did have some hiccups like apps force closing and whatnot. The most annoying problem I ran into was when I shutdown the Pixelbook. When I booted it back up for some reason I couldn’t get any sound to come out of the speakers. I tried restarting the Pixelbook, toggle the mute button, and simply turning the volume up but nothing worked. I had to do something called a EC Reset (hardware reset). This is basically where you have to hold down the Refresh icon key and the Power button for 10 seconds. You then release those buttons and the Pixelbook should power down and either power back on or you’ll have to manually power it back on. Once I did the EC Reset the speakers worked again. I found this on a Reddit post by JimDantin. But I mean let's be real here… Chrome OS has been out only for 6 years. I’m a heavy Windows user and Windows has been out about 32 years. I still run into problems with my Windows PC… I’m just saying, there are gonna be some issues here and there. For what it’s worth, Chrome OS has made some major improvements through their 6 year lifespan. As far as being able to do what you need the Pixelbook to do… I don’t see what you would be missing out on if you were to use the Pixelbook instead of a Windows laptop or a MAC. The stores have pretty much everything you would need. Anything from writing docs, to creating spreadsheets, creating powerpoints, playing games, photo editing, video editing, and even music editing. Chrome OS has come a long way. I mean you can even install a copy of Linux (for advanced users) and get things like Steam. I personally feel like I am able to do anything and everything I need/want with the Pixelbook. Sure the price tag starts at $1000, but I mean you’re also paying for a quality built ultrabook. The specs on this beast make up a good part of the best experience in Chrome OS and in Chromebooks. So in conclusion… Do I recommend the Pixelbook? YES I DO. I can confidently state that. I am able to do all my daily tasks that I need in addition to doing things that I don’t normally do on a daily basis. Now, are there room for improvements? Of course there are. What products come out with nothing to improve? If that’s the case, I guess everyone would be just making one model and that is it right? NOPE! Well, that is why people spend money; to upgrade and get the latest and greatest. The Pixelbook is the latest and greatest Chromebook out there. I can see the next model of Pixelbook being even better than this one. Good job Google! Keep em coming! Specs 7th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor (1.2GHz i5-7Y57) Intel HD Graphics 615 8GB RAM (1866MHz) 128GB Solid State Drive 2x USB C Ports 3.5mm Audio Jack 802.11ac Wi-FI Bluetooth 4.2 720p Webcam @ 60fps Chrome OS What's in the box? Google Pixelbook AC Adapter USB C to USB C Cable Quick Start Guides Safety & Warranty Information

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Chromebook that is finally worthy!!

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    Crasher
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    Google hit the market with its latest addition of a note worthy Chromebook in the form of the Pixelbook. What is a Chromebook? And is this going to be the right fit for you? Hopefully this review will answer that question and help in deciding on rather or not to buy this newest addition if you have been on the fence. First off for those not too familiar with the computer world a Chromebook is a laptop that was meant to be a break away from the other major markets in the field (i.e. Windows and Mac). Chromebooks run Linux based Chrome operating systems and browser, in a nutshell without getting too confusing its Googles way of entering the market in a world thats primarily controlled by Microsoft and Mac. The problem is if you have ever owned a Chromebook they were never that great and had many setbacks. For example the last Chromebook that i owned was horrible. Since it was Google/Chrome based you lost out on a lot of necessary operating systems that were used to complete everyday task. The set up i had required you to download apps to run the services you needed however most apps were not compatible with the operating system and therefore i found i could not do every day simple task. There was no way to edit or load my pictures with ease, writing and printing documents for work was also a task in itself. So when google came out with the pixelbook my first reaction was "oh great they launched another failed attempt." However that was not the case whatsoever. First off lets talk about what your going to get out of the box. Out of the box your only going to receive the laptop and power supply in the form of a USB-C charger. This is not a typical micro usb or power cable but rather a high speed adapter that google likes to use in most its products. Google claims that you can receive 2 hours of battery life off a 15 minute charge and that the unit will run for about 10 hours before needing a charge. What i can tell you is that i got about 9 hours of charge and a 15 minute charge got me roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes of charge level. Not too shabby there are other laptops that hold more charge but there are also others that cant even hold 5 hours of charge. The unit does not come with the google pen, that piece needs to be purchased separately at a price right now that is listed at $99 fyi. The laptop itself is very sleek and stylish, and the keyboard has a very nice back light and feel to it. It almost feels as if im typing on a mechanical keyboard just without the extra senstivity. The keyboard has two built in comfort pads to help with hand fatigue, this is a big plus for me because i usually am on my laptop quite a bit and typically type 80 wpm so over time laptops seem to wear on my hands and wrist due to its compact size. Now one thing i want to talk about for a minute is the keyboard. If you have never owned a Chromebook then this keyboard is going to be different and take some time to get used to. The keyboard removes the Caps lock button and the F keys and replaces them with action buttons. For example where the Cap locks key normally is it is now replaced by a google search button. I have uploaded a picture for you to examine to see what i am talking about. The keyboard flips back and turns the laptop into a tablet with its touch screen functionality. However i cant see too many people using it in this form as the weight of the laptop is felt over time. The tracking pad that serves as your mouse is very smooth and precise. I never once felt my finger tip drag or my indicator icon skip.The pixelbook also comes with google assistant built in. You have two ways to access this. You say "ok google" then speak whatever question you have or if your somewhere like a classroom and cant talk out loud then you can simply type your question. Lets talk functionality now. Google has greatly improved on what this laptop can do now. You now have access to just about every app on the play store now. Basically whatever app you find on your phone you can find on your pixelbook. This makes certain task very simply such as transferring photos or files via different apps all wireless. In the past Chromebooks were held back greatly when it came to apps that you could use. The older Chromebooks only allowed a very few small selection where as now the pixelbook allows just about all apps based on what i see. The picture quality is awesome and will appease just about most HD enthusiast out there. One draw back however is the audio quality. The audio quality is just horrible but thats too be expected from most compact laptops. In the end its not that big of a deal to me because you have a 3.5mm jack so that you can plug your headphones in. I prefer to this method anyways whenever i am listening to music or playing games. Computing speed is awesome. I wanted to see just how much it could handle before lagging out. I had a movie downloading in the back ground while live streaming a video and music with no glitches or hiccups. I have to say i was a little more impressed at the fact that it handled it without so much as a slight delay. There is one interesting feature i did not notice right away. That is that the pixelbook will link up with your pixel phone in the event that a wifi signal cant be found. What this means is lets say your at your office and the internet goes down, you can tether your pixelbook to your pixel phone and use your 4g internet to complete whatever task you have available. I have a pixel phone i was able to try this with and it does indeed work, however it tends to get a bit laggy and draws down your data pretty quickly. My suggestion is to only use this feature if you have unlimited data or for emergency projects only. Now at the moment this will only work with a pixel phone, i tried it with a Samsung S7 edge and it would not work. Heres my final verdict. The pixelbook is great for anyone looking for something different. If you are used to using windows or mac then this is going to be a big change for you and you may have a hard time getting used to some of the features. I feel however this is a perfect set up for anyone in college as you can easily complete your homework and whatever task your given then on your down time you can flip the keyboard back and watch a movie on Netflix or play a game off the google play store. Audio quality does suck but hey do you really want everyone around you listening to what your watching or listening to? All in all this is a big step up from any Chromebook out on the market and there is enough memory and power to complete or do whatever your heart desires. The price is high and i wish they would throw in the google pen at that price but one thing i will say is you do get what you pay for and that price you will not be disappointed and what this Chromebook has to offer. Pros: -Pixel tethering -Good picture quality -Access to all apps on the play store -Awesome keyboard design -Support for Google pen / stylus Cons: -Google pen not included -Poor Audio quality

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    As a Chromebook, it's a go... Convertible... meh.

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    -=|First Impressions|=- |Thoughts| If you are looking at this, you probably are already well versed in what ChromeOS has to offer and its limitations. Unpacking this was an adventure. When I opened the box and took out the laptop from the sleeve, I was excited. It felt better than Apple quality and on par with Microsoft Surfacebook sturdiness. Beautiful finishes like a solid aluminum unibody, glass accents, and silicone pads for the wrist rest stimulate your senses. Easily one of the most comfortable convertibles I have reviewed to date. It is light but doesn't feel cheap tipping the scales at only 2.4 lbs! This is the Ferrari of Chromebooks and you will have to pay a price for all that is under the hood. It is snappy and fast to setup. I think I was done with setup in less than 5 minutes including plugging it in and setting up ChromeOS. Simply turn it on and log in with your Google account and you're done. The charger is a well-constructed 45W USB-C to USB-C cellphone like charging block. |Packaging| It is well presented almost like a tablet or cell phone's presentation. Presentation was simple and clean. It is a little tough to separate the top half of the box though. -=|Design and Build|=- |Specs| 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor 8GB RAM (Up to 16GB Available) 128GB SSD (Up to 512GB options available) 2 USB-C (No USB 2.0 available) Front Camera 720p @ 60FPS -=|Love|=- +Keyboard - This keyboard is unique and I cannot compare it to any other. It is like a cross of a Surface Book keyboard and a Logitech Solar keyboard. Key travel is short but feels tactile in execution. There is a satisfying click letting you know it registered your stroke. The wrist rests are some sort of silicone-like material that is really comfortable. +Design and Build Quality - This oozes Pixel 2 design language. Aluminum and glass give this a premium feel. Track pad is glass and is very responsive and the hinges are tight without give. +Google Assistant - The Pixelbook brings Android functionality to a laptop! If you have an Android phone, this is a welcomed addition. I thoroughly enjoy the ability to control things in my automated home from the laptop. +Snappy Performance and Boot Up Times - This has got to be the fastest boot up EVER! Less than 5 seconds and it is on. +Quiet - The fanless setup makes this a very quiet laptop. It gets warm sometimes but what electronic doesn't?+Battery Life - I got about 9 hours of battery life on a full brightness. I never ran out of battery when I finished my day. I watched videos and checked email while also trying a few games. +Play Store/Android - You can load your favorite cell phone apps from the Play Store. +Dual Boot Option - You can dual boot Linux or Win10 (with research). This makes it a true laptop and compliments ChromeOS. +Pixel 2 Integration - You can use your phone to unlock your Pixelbook… very nice. -=|Not So Much|=- -Auto Rotation Lag - I find my unit is quick to go from portrait to landscape mode, but when you go from landscape to portrait mode there is almost a 5 second delay. -ChromeOS - Don't get me wrong, ChromeOS has come a long way but it feels to me still unfinished. They implemented Play Store and have not considered the lack of apps for this size screen. They also have not considered organizational systems to separate Web Apps from Android Apps. -Camera - Camera is 720p 60fps. Poor quality in low light. Very disappointing since most cell phones offer better cameras. Another thing is it lacks a rear facing camera. Some Android apps require one to function properly. Why isn't this standard? We are in 2018 almost and Google you are charging $1k for this base model. -Lack of USB Ports - You only get 2 USB-C ports and there are NO USB 2.0 available. This means if you are charging your device you only have 1 port available for use. You will also need to upgrade your peripherals unless you buy hubs. Not good enough Google. -Lack of SD Slot - With a limited SSD drive, you have to buy a USB-C adapter in order to transfer photos and other files. To me, this equates basically to an iPad with a built-in keyboard. Other cheaper Chromebooks offer SD expandable storage but not a $1k option? -App Drawer - The app drawer is a mess. If you download an Android app and also have a web app of the same thing you will see duplicates and have to click a few times to figure out what icon is the one you want. Please make sorting options available to alleviate this mess of an app drawer. -Sound/Speakers - These speakers are just ok. Nothing more nothing less. -HUGE Bezels - For something released in 2017 it reminds me of the thick bezels of an iPad1. -Price - It is a lot for a ChromeOS device. You get all the hardware to justify it, but I just don't see the value here. It should have provided the pen for this price. -Laggy - You would expect the light ChromeOS to run at blazing speeds using an Intel i5. It does, but the accelerometer has BIG delays in recognizing how you turn it. -Lack of Kensington Lock - This does not have a way to secure the Pixelbook to a desk. Not good if you are trying to use it for business or a public place and need to walk away from your area. -2016 7th Gen Intel Processor - We are going into 2018 and 8th gen has been already released and widely implemented for new convertibles. For this price, 8th gen would have provided better value. -=Verdict=- Overall, this Pixelbook is a lot like the Pixel 2 phone. It lacks many features considered to be standard in our day. However, it is a beautiful high quality Chromebook for those who are lovers of ChromeOS. I find it extremely limiting due to the lack of ports and expandability while the OS itself feels unfinished. After marrying the Android ecosystem to ChromeOS, it feels laggy when using basic Android apps and changing orientations. Not many apps are optimized for this screen so you will have to scale a phone app which is part of the problem. It is a high performance device with a high price like a Ferrari. I don't see the value here if you are not a heavily invested ChromeOS user. For the price it should include the Google pen they want to charge $99 for. In short, if you want the best Chromebook available… this is for you. If you are looking for a convertible laptop with functionality and options… look elsewhere for this price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Likely the best Chromebook available.

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    Saitzev
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    Well to preface, there is a little bit of a learning curve with this. Since it's not your average OS as it's built primarily around Google Chrome you're going to likely run in to a few issues, especially if you're intent on using it with standard Desktop software available on Windows or macOS. With that said, once you are able to get past that fact, ChromeOS is actually a really nice and slim operating system. There's really not a lot of overhead, and it may seem like an i5 or i7 and 8 or more Gigabytes of RAM is overkill, depending on your use, it may be just perfect. There are methods out there to install Windows on to once of these, however, that's entirely at your own risk. I have to say, I do have a Windows 10 tablet and I find myself going back to this more. I think that is in part because this has twice the available RAM, but all the other specs are nearly identical. It's fast, very fast, and that is in part due to the relatively small footprint of ChromeOS. It only takes a couple seconds to start up. Setup was a breeze and very fast. It really just works, and I love that. One of the biggest things a lot were clamoring for with ChromeOS was the ability to use app's from the Google Play Store. With some of the latest Chromebooks this has become a possibility. Now it is not perfect, and some apps just don't look right, and some apps just work flawlessly. There are some Mobile games I play on here and it handles them just as well, if not even better than some of the most powerful Android or iOS devices. The Pixelbook is currently the premier Chromebook that does offer this support for App store compatibility. Other more recent Chromebooks are slowly becoming available, however the Pixelbook has it right out of the gate. One caveat with this however, as this does use an Intel i5/i7 depending on which you settle on, this is only utilizing their integrated graphics. While potent for a lot of standard run of the mill games, it's not going to be able to utilize some features found in High-End Android, iOS or Windows based devices A gaming machine this is not, but it will not let you down with typical apps in the Google Play Store. I will note, when using it for games for a long time, it does get quite warm to the touch around the top of center of the keyboard. So if you are using it for this, I would highly suggest to use it in Tent Mode, or Tablet Mode so you're not keeping your there or on your lap. It's not enough to cause an issue, but it can be a bit uncomfortable with heavy tasks, but this is true in most devices, so your mileage may vary with how you use. You can pretty much throw just about anything at this. Even the battery life on it is great. For a heave session of web browsing and gaming, I'm sure I got around 6-8 or maybe even more hours. It uses USB-C to charge, I believe Ver. 3.1. It only takes a couple hours for a full charge with the adapter it came with, which is also fast charging. The cable itself is USB-C on both ends, so this will not connect to your run of the mill USB charger, you would need an adapter for that, or USB 2.0/3.0 Cable. I wouldn't recommend anything less than 3 for optimal charging. The screen on it pretty darn nice. It us only an LCD, which is pretty common for Notebook Computers. It's a little thick, and the bezels are a bit of turn off as there is quite a bit of space from the edge to the screen, probably an inch on the top and bottom and half an inch on the sides. It also get's plenty bright. If you use it outside, I don't see you running into to many issues, but direct sunlight may be an issue as it does have a reflective glass screen. Also, the ability to use it in either Notebook orientation, Tent orientation or Tablet Orientation is really great and the hinge design seems top notch. It doesn't feel loose, and I've had it for about 2 or 3 weeks now and it's like I just took it out of the box. Also, this is more about the construction of it, on the sides of the touchpad, there are softish like pads to rest your wrists or palms on. It also acts as a cushion that the screen will rest on. It also has this material on the opposite side of the device to cushion the screen when you have it in table mode. I does get a bit unwieldy as when you hold it, you're likely going to want to hold it in the middle, the problem there is that you are going to be pressing down on the touchpad. While it doesn't affect anything, it could over long use wear it out. Thankfully there's those cushioned pads on the side of the touch pad you can use so it is a little more comfortable. The all aluminium build of it definitely makes this a standout as it feels incredibly well built. It is a bit heavy, but when it comes to solidity and durability, I hold a lot more faith in this than I would in a Notebook with a bunch of plastic. They keyboard is very nice, and has a great tactile feel to is. I also appreciate that it is backlit so if you're in a dark place, you can still see when you type. They also did not stop with lighting the edges of the keys, the letters themselves are also illuminated.The touchpad is also very responsive. I did experience some false touches with it with the tap-to-click feature so i did turn it off. There's not a way to decrease the sensitivity of the feature as it's