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  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Display, Google services

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Top-of-the-Line Chromebook!

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    The new Pixelbook Go is Google’s latest series of Chromebooks, and it is absolutely fantastic. Apparently, it is intended to be a “scaled down” Pixelbook Chromebook. The Pixelbook Go is available in several configurations including this entry-level model which has an Intel Core m3 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 64GB of SSD storage. The next level model has an Intel Core i5 CPU with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The top tier has an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. All 3 CPUs are 8th generation. The first two models have Full HD, 1920x1080, 16x9 Aspect Ratio, 13.3” Touchscreen Displays, while the top tier model adds a 4k, Ultra HD Display. The Corning Concore glass touchscreen panels are very reflective, which is very typical of touchscreens and which also obviously readily collect fingerprints. The touchscreen is very responsive and pleasant to use. Inasmuch as Google used Corning Concore glass, it is reasonable to surmise that these are “One Glass Solution” (OGS) screens, which utilize a sheet of high-strength Concore Glass as the top sheet of the display panel, rather than a second sheet of glass being laminated to the top of the panel. This results in a thinner, lighter and more economical display panel, and undoubtedly contributes to the extremely thin, 0.5” thickness profile of the Pixelbook Go. Off-axis angle viewing is very decent, but of course the greater the off-axis angle, the more visibility, contrast and color fidelity deteriorate. Overall, the display genuinely appears to be excellent. It is bright and vivid, with good color rendition and color fidelity, and is very nice to view. Videos and TV streams look great and don’t suffer from buffering or lagging. The clamshell case is very impressive. The painted magnesium alloy case is a very elegant and high-end attribute. It both looks and feels very impressive, and it is reasonable to surmise that it is likely to be very durable. The bottom of the case is scalloped. Perhaps that is for structure, perhaps it is merely aesthetic, but perhaps it might have been designed to serve both as a heat-sink with the additional surface area, as well as providing convection cooling via the scalloped channels. In fact, when the computer is working hard, such as when running multiple video streams, the bottom of the Pixelbook Go, as well as the area above the keyboard get palpably warm. This Pixelbook Go is remarkably lightweight. The specifications claim 2.3lbs (1061g). The size, weight and tough magnesium case really make this easy to move around and easy and convenient to carry and makes it the default travelling device. On initial setup, the Pixelbook Go commenced a lengthy update process which evidently included updating most or all of the apps as well as the device’s firmware (including a notification that the touchpad firmware was being updated). Flashing the firmware is likely what consumed most of the time. As is standard with all Chromebooks, setup is extremely easy, and if you choose to sync devices, all browser shortcuts, passwords, etc. will be automatically imported to this device during the initial setup process. The backlit keyboard has very nice feel and key rebound, and relatively quiet sound. Key travel is short, and the keyboard is compact, necessarily constrained by the dimensions of the case. Typing is very comfortable with this high-quality keyboard, and I find backlighting to be absolutely indispensable, and an absolute necessity. When the Pixelbook Go is sleeping, touching any key or the touchpad awakens the display and backlit keyboard. The touchpad is oversized and responsive, a nice and convenient attribute. Even in this base configuration with the Core m3 CPU and 8GB of RAM, the Pixelbook Go performed very well with many open browser windows and tabs and multiple live-TV streams running simultaneously. I really expected the unit to choke with a far less demanding load on the CPU and video sections. This performance was truly very impressive. This is a very powerful and capable Chromebook. This base, entry-level configuration is not at all inferior or insufficient. In fact, it is genuinely excellent. The battery life on the Pixelbook Go is really great. Google claims up to 12 hours of use, but obviously battery life is extremely dependent on how the computer is being used, and especially how much time the screen is active. I’m finding that all-day use for browsing, email (many), live-streaming news broadcasts, etc. is well within the battery capacity. In fact, during the course of a single day I used the Pixelbook Go extensively, with at least 7 to 10 tabs or browser instances active throughout, the screen/display kept on throughout and including 6.5 hours of live-streaming TV in addition to the foregoing. After 11.5 hours of this very heavy utilization, 11.5 hours of screen on including 6.5 hours of live-streaming broadcast TV, the Pixelbook Go reported 6% remaining battery capacity. If this Pixelbook Go had only typical, intermittent use during the day, and the screen was allowed to turn off and the computer had any time of no activity in which to “sleep”, I am certain that the run-time would have exceeded the claimed 12 hour capacity. In fact, with this very heavy use example, I’m confident that the battery would have kept the Chromebook alive for another 0.5 hours, easily. Demonstrating fantastic battery performance, coupled with the superior portability of the Pixelbook Go, this is obviously the Chromebook to take along when away from home. The camera works well, but is nothing special. It’s fine for video chats (its intended purpose). The audio is stereo (of course) and sounds excellent. The audio quality, fidelity, volume and projection were all very good, and the stereo separation has a nice spatial quality that makes the Pixelbook Go pleasant to listen to. There is a headphone jack and Bluetooth headphones are of course supported. The Wi-Fi performance is also excellent. The Wi-Fi specs include: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2x2 (MIMO), dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz), and it utilized the full available bandwidth of the Wi-Fi stream, with its 2x2 Mimo. Whereas almost everything about the hardware platform of the Pixelbook Go appears to be first rate, Google clearly economized on the number of ports provided. There are only two USB-C ports (one on each side) and a headphone jack (3.5mm). Additionally, one of those USB-C jacks must be used for battery charging. There is no SD Card slot and no USB-A ports to accept the ubiquitous USB thumb drives that we all use. At the price levels of these computers, there really should be more connectivity options, inclusive of SD Card acceptance. A perplexing matter is that of the pre-established obsolescence schedule for all Chromebooks and Google Pixel phones. Chromebooks, irrespective of manufacturer, are currently only supported for 6.5 years (thankfully increased from 5 years in 2017) with OS and Security updates (termed the “Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date” by Google). The 6.5 years begins when the particular hardware platform is initially released into the retail channel (not from when the particular model enters the marketplace, nor when the computer is purchased). Pixel phones receive only three years of support. This Pixelbook Go is replacing a less than five year old Acer Chromebook that has already received its “final update notification” from Google. It still operates perfectly well, but without Security updates it is destined for consignment to oblivion. These support policies do not appear to be in the best interests of consumers. Additionally, since most electronics in the US are not recycled (and many components are not recyclable at all), these end of life policies increase the amount of landfill waste and environmental pollution. Overall, the Pixelbook Go is absolutely a first rate, top-of-the-line Chromebook. It is quite powerful and fast. It is compact and light-weight, and epitomizes portability and convenience. The case is elegant and a good measure above typical computers, with its thin profile and sleek magnesium shell. The display is also outstanding, and in addition to being full HD, it is a touch-screen. The battery performance is truly excellent, exceeding expectations. The keyboard sounds and feels great, and is backlit. It does everything very well, and its performance is clearly superior to many other Chromebooks, and certainly far better than one might anticipate from a “base-level” configuration. The Pixelbook Go is fantastic, and a pleasure to use. I am extremely impressed with the Pixelbook Go, and I am genuinely enjoying it. It is a wonderful Chromebook that is worthy of accolades. Of course, I recommend it highly.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Display, Google services, Keyboard
    Cons mentioned:
    Compatibility, Operating system

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Pixelbook Go – Productivity, Entertainment, & FUN

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    Wasn't really sure of what to expect choosing this Google Pixelbook Go 13.3" Touch-Screen Chromebook in exchange for an honest review. In the past Chrome OS has not been stellar, but now it turns out to be a great alternative to both Windows and Apple OS. So, after three weeks of constant use It appears to me that the Google Chrome Platform doesn't need the latest, greatest, most powerful Intel Chip, immense memory, or a huge hard drive to operate fast. It does quite well with the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor coupled with 8 GB Ram of memory and 128GB SSD. Amazing speed! What also makes this Pixelbook Go so versatile is that I can download numerous Android Apps and software from the Google Play Store like MS Word and Excel. WooHoo! In addition to Google Docs and Presentations this makes this laptop ideal for any kind of productivity for a home office, student, or any professional 'on-the-go'. Here is what I love about this Pixelbook Go: *** DESIGN & BUILD – The lightweight magnesium shell is cleverly designed with a matte black finish, ribbed bottom with two rubberized strips to keep this attractive unit from slipping on any hard surfaces. * I love that it is pretty much fingerprint resistant and classy looking too. This sleek unit weighs approximately 2.3 pounds. * It is designed to be super-portable, and as a laptop only. The ribbed bottom makes it easy to grip and carry anywhere. * At only a half inch thick, it is thin enough to slide in my backpack. It can also fit into a medium sized handbag, or carrier. * Love the rounded edges, which make this unit so easy to handle and comfortable in my lap. * What I like about using this unit in my lap is that it does not heat up like my larger Windows unit does. ** HARDWARE FEATURES – First, the keyboard is backlit, and is adjustable for brightness. The keys are illuminated, individually, without light escaping around the keys perimeter. The Hush Keys are silent and responsive to my touch. * A trackpad is conveniently placed in the very center of the unit. It is sensitive and can be adjusted to accommodate anyone's personal preferences. * The LCD, Touch Screen display is 13.3 inches with full HD, 1920x1080 pixels. I was impressed with the brilliance and quality while streaming Netflix Christmas movies with my Grand Kids. * The dual stereo speakers deliver unbelievable sound quality for a medium-sized unit, and can be enhanced by an EQ App downloaded from the Play Store for even richer performance. * The 2MP, 1080p front duo cams allow for dynamic videoconferencing in Google Hangouts. Impressive! * There are two USB-C ports and one 3.5mm headphone jack or auxiliary audio output. Either USB-C port can charge this unit using the included 6.5 foot charging cable with the 45W USB-C wall power adapter featuring fold in/out prongs. I discovered that there is a USB-C to SD card adapter, which allows me to use a 128GB SD card as additional storage. I can also use the second USB-C port to connect an additional screen display. * The WI-Fi connection is 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, which allows me to take advantage of my routers ability to MU-MIMO. It features a 2x2 MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi for even faster uninterrupted download speeds for video streaming. * For data storage the Pixelbook incorporates a 128 GB, flash, SSD drive, with low power draw on the battery and decreased heat production. * The Intel i5-8200Y processor is eighth generation, and uses very little power. It is a dual core processor featuring Intel's Turbo Boost technology. * This Pixelbook Go is also Bluetooth 4.2, which allows me to connect my BT mouse for more efficient scrolling and word processing functions, or, any other BT device like auxiliary speakers or even a printer. *** CHROME OS – Chrome features thousands of Android apps for productivity and entertainment. I downloaded MS Word and Excel from the Play Store so that I could use this laptop on the road for my part-time, consulting job. I am also impressed with Google Docs and Presentations. * Set-Up was very simple. All I needed was my Wi-Fi connection to my home router and my Google account as outlined in the included Quick Start Guide. The Pixelbook turns ON as I opened the unit. The on-screen instructions guided me through the whole set-up. It took approximately five minutes and I was ready to GO. * What I really appreciate is that Chrome features its own virus protection with automatic updates to includes updating the Chrome OS too. These updates operate in the background and do not require any user interface. This saves me money from buying additional third-party virus protection. Great! * The Chrome OS also provides cloud backups. I found that the more I use this OS the more I wonder if I ever really needed Windows. Chrome is a simple OS to learn, and very User-Friendly. Chrome OS is not bloated with unneeded add-ons and features like Windows, which require higher processing speeds, gobs of RAM memory, and a huge hard drive. * I am amazed at how fast this Pixelbook Go actually is. It automatically turns ON when I open it and goes directly to my designated Home Page in just a few seconds. I primarily use this Pixelbook Go for creating construction-related documents, e-mail, and streaming Netflix movies for entertainment. It performs all my activities with quick speed, which was an unexpected surprise and plus. YaHoo! * I can also connect my Android phone to my Pixelbook for 'Smart Lock' and message notifications. My Android phone can lock and unlock my Pixelbook if I so choose and allow me to both send and receive messages on my Pixelbook. * I can also sync with my Android phone to connect my Pixelbook to the Internet using my phone's mobile data (tethering). This comes in handy when there is no WI-FI connection and I need to have an Internet connection to my Pixelbook. * Be aware that the Pixelbook Go can only be BT connected to an Android phone for now. An IOS phone is not compatible at this time. *** BATTERY LIFE – For what activities I do and my settings of the backlit key brightness, and screen display levels allow me approximately 10 hours of battery use. YooHoo! About an hour less if I stream a movie. That is more then enough to last me one day of full use. *** SUMMARY – After three weeks of everyday use I am totally impressed with this Pixelbook Go. I highly recommend this Pixelbook Go as an efficient alternative to Windows and Mac. It allows me to be productive in creating both Word and Google Documents, and, is fantastic for streaming movies. Just the right size for people on-the-go. For its size processor it is one speedy machine with a simple Chrome OS for everyday computer activities. If you are considering serious gaming, photo, and, or, graphics editing, this machine may not fit your needs. However, I think it is an excellent choice for a student, and, plan on buying one for my Grandson, who is going to be in his first year of college this Spring. It's productivity Apps and Portability make this a great choice for him. If you buy one you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Display, Google services

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Ultra-portable. Premium Chromebook. Joy to use.

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    I have used quite a few Chromebooks over the years, and the absolute first thing I noticed about the Chromebook Go was the build. Admittedly, the design is perfect for me. It is simple, clean, sleek and matte black everywhere. It is made of magnesium but is coated in some type of material that gives it both a nice feel as well as look. It has a very solid feel in the hand, yet, it is also very light. In addition, the bottom has a ribbed design that I have never seen on laptop before. It is very practical and also gives you confidence when you have it in your hand and are on the go. I have been taking this everywhere and I barely notice the weight and am impressed with how it is holding up. Boot times are near instant and initial set-up is extremely easy (with your Google account), although you can dig deeper on some settings if you like. Even though I had some minor concerns regarding the Intel Core M3 chip going in, performance has been great. That is the beauty of Chrome OS. It does not need much to excel and I could not be happier. Chrome with a slew of tabs is no issue, and I have been able to nail down all of my work with ease using Google’s Suite of services as well as some Microsoft Office Apps when required. Having access to Play Store Apps on the Chromebook is a fantastic change. While not all apps will work, I love seeing continued improvements to the platform. That said, life is not all Gmail and work. The touchscreen is Full HD 1080p, with great brightness levels, nice details and full, rich and vivid color. The speakers, located on both sides of the keyboard, sound unexpectedly, well, awesome. There is lots of volume, some bass (yes, a little bass), and little to no distortion at high volume. I consume a TON of media, both at home as well as when I am out, and this thing is fantastic. I have regularly been streaming YouTube TV, Netflix and more recently Disney+ and have liked what I have been seeing (and hearing). It is a good media experience. Having a touchscreen is great, but ultimately, you need a keyboard. An OK one will be…just OK. A bad one? It can ruin an entire computer. A good one? It can be a pleasure to use. That is the case here. It is tough to say, but this may be the best keyboard I have ever used. The layout, spacing and travel are all great. It is extremely quiet and the keys just “feel nice.” It is also backlit with minimal to no bleed through. Google nailed it. If you are a writer or do a lot of typing, try to find one and give it a try. The trackpad is much of the same. Nice size, responsive and a good feel, BUT, whoa, the click is loud. Noticeably loud. By no means a deal-breaker but keep it in mind. Lastly, it is a Chromebook. You will be taking it with you. Everywhere. It doesn’t work without power. Google rates the battery for 12 hours of use and while how long your battery lasts depends on so many factors, I can only say battery life has been great. I have been using my machine pretty hard and generally am doing everything I need and want to throughout the day with battery to spare. Again, your use case is probably different than mine, but I feel confident it won’t be an issue for you. In addition, it comes with a 45W USB-C charger that supports Quick Charge. You should get 2 hours of use from a 20-minute charge. In conclusion, I think this is a fantastic machine. It is well-built, lightweight, portable, and performs well. The display and speakers are great for media, battery life is very strong, and the keyboard is among the best I have used. Chrome OS has evolved a lot over the years and continues to do so. If Chrome OS is for you, and I would guess it is for most people, it is hard for me to find a better way to use it than this Chromebook.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Display, Google services, Speed

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Back to Basic . . . Elegance

    Posted .

    Google Pixelbook Go 13.3" Touch-Screen Chromebook (Intel Core m3; 8GB Memory; 64GB Solid State Drive): My first introduction to Chromebooks a few years ago took me by surprise. They were more competent and compatible than I expected. But, those Chromebook versions were not as lightweight and convenient as I was led to believe. I think Google has made a course correction in this version of the Google Pixelbook Go. While remaining competent and very compatible, it also is more convenient and comfortable enough to take everywhere. This particular model Pixelbook Go has a simple, exceptionally sleek look with a “groovy” bottom surface that adds some uniqueness and ease-of-handling. SETUP: I use a stopwatch these days to test setup and App installation. This Google Pixelbook was ready to use in under 5 minutes. I was online, receiving email, selecting a few more Apps to download and seeing if my photos and movies were ready to review. Yes. I was really ready to work. This notebook required an update, but that didn’t take more than a few more minutes with my fast internet connection. The selection of Apps is incredibly large, with so many useful and free. There are two USB-C™⁵ charging and display outputs (2). I had a fairly generic, multi-port dock available which allowed me to use an ethernet connection, and add USB devices or an external monitor or similar peripherals. I don’t concern myself with ports because I’m willing to trade off to get more portability. PERFORMANCE: While I understand that this is the slower of the available Google Pixelbook Go processors, the included 8GB RAM, the 64GB SSD, as well as the remarkably easy and useful free access (15GB) to Google Drive conceals any limitations. Google Apps are often efficient and mostly compatible. The result is a computer that always feels fast and responsive to anything I wanted to do. The screen is bright, with appropriate contrast, and very colorful. The keyboard has a soft feel, but the keys and trackpad are sensitive and responsive. The speakers are face up, alongside of the keyboard, and can get loud for personal listening. That headphone port makes it easy to connect to an external (not included) system, which you’ll want to add for some better bass. I streamed several movies from my GooglePlay Movie “locker”, (Finding Nemo and Jersey Boys) to test black levels, skin tones, and color. This is a very high quality screen with a wide and useful field of view. I don’t just work on the road; I love my movies-on-the-go. At just over 2lbs., the Pixelbook Go is very very easy to manage. It’s also great for working wherever you take it. Students will love it. INTEROPERABILITY: The major rationale for a Chromebook for me is lightweight usefulness. Translation? I absolutely need to exchange data, pictures, and videos with my other devices but I hate traveling with unnecessary weight. I took the easy way out for this first test and sent my new Google Pixelbook a series of attachments: TEXT (RTF), WORD, EXCEL, PDF, and JPG. EVERY other file type was handled easily, with the Chromebook offering at least one App to manage or edit my transferred files. Videos of my grandson, created on a MacBook now played on my Pixelbook. My Word document was opened without hiccup by a Google Doc, and my simple EXCEL file was opened by Google Sheet. Both were ready to edit.. . . on this Chromebook. SUMMARY: The Google Pixelbook Go approach, with portability, comfort, ease of use, simpler programs and dependence on online storage challenges notions that you need to lug a powerful, near-desktop to get work done on the road. Transitioning between my newest MacBook pro with i7 and this Google Pixelbook was problem-free. Speed is NOT an issue. In fact, those instances where I’m sitting and waiting often favored the Pixelbook’s simpler demands. Carrying around the Pixelbook just seemed smart, and looked professional. I can easily recommend this Pixelbook Go.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Battery, Display, Google services

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth Every Penny

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    Purchased the Google Pixelbook Go for my 6th grader July of 2020 and it's been working out great for at home learning this fall. She uses Chrome books at school so was familiar with how they operate. This is my first experience & I love it too. When she's not using it, I use it for web browsing, emails, Netflix and have even created a few spreadsheets. Was surprised how amazing the sound was that comes from two speakers on each side of the keyboard. The images on the screen are great too, my MacBook Air looks better of course but for just over $600 it's perfect. The keyboard is super responsive and comfortable to type. Love the light weight also as I hold it on my lap when not at my desk. Battery life lasts me all day, have never had an issue running out of juice. Looking for a printer that's compatible right now, my Brother Laser did not work with it and I bought an Anker adapter for the USB to C connection for some devices. Love it overall and would buy again for sure. :)

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for my child’s virtual schooling

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Computer is great, but it’s very hard connecting accessories such as the pen, mouse and headset. We manage to get the headset working after many tries, but so far not the pen and mouse. But all-in-all great purchase.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great partner compliment for my pixel phone!

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Love everything about it! except how it absorbs prints on touch screen and it's outer magnesium body and not having bluetooth 5.0 only 4.2 . But no deal breaker best chromebook i've owned after owning 2 previous chromebooks. Price is some what expensive should've cost 500.00 to 550.00 but with Titan security chip & updates till 2026 with magnesium build & feel not plastic it's worth it's price rather have good quality very pleased & content with purchase!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Display, Google services

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast Start up and Thin

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    WOW this is a fast start and load time. You wouldn't think it would be this fast and so thin. I love how they have made the bottom with a rubber ridges on. I feel safe putting this on any surface i have no fear of it slipping off. This is very light and thin easy to carry around. Screen has a great picture on it and the SOUND is AWESOME i haven't seen a laptop with 2 speakers on top that sound this good. The touch screen is a great feature on this easy touch. The Battery life is good i haven't used it all up yet i want to use it for a whole day to see how long it really last. They make this so easy to use just unfold it and its on to start the set up only took 5min nothing hard just sign in to your Google and your good to go. This can go anywhere as light as it is doesn't really feel like you are hold any extra weight. I wont give you all the specs of the device like the GB, RAM or SSD size. I will just tell you i really enjoy this as my new device. I added pictures of the device so you can see what i'm talking about.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Huge fan

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    As the owner of a Pixelbook, I was disappointed with how fragile it is and how easy the back glass cracks. So I got a Pixelbook Go and was very happy. Slim, sell constructed and easy to use. In my eyes it had surpassed Pixelbook as bestchromebook. My only hope is that an 11-12” model is released as i love small laptops

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Battery, Speed
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    Operating system

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect

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    Let me preface this review with a few facts: 1. This is my first Chromebook experience. 2. I currently own a Windows Laptop, Android tablet, and an iPad 6th gen tablet with keyboard case. 3. I'm an I.T. professional that primarily relies on Windows based applications and resources. 4. I tested out the PixelBook Go for about 2 weeks prior to this review. I will start out with a few positives. The build quality is amazing. The brushed aluminum feels great and never seems to get hot. Portability is exactly what you would expect due to the light weight and size. Battery life has been amazing. I've been able to get around 9-10 hours on a single use. That is with YouTube videos, emails, typing up documents, using it to remote desktop while at work, reading books, and the occasional Netflix movie. When I stated earlier about me using it for work, I've been shocked at how useful it has been. I was able to use this solely while utilizing the adaptation of Android apps in the Chrome OS. I also did some photo editing as well with no slow downs. I normally charged it once every other day, depending on my usage. Wifi is very stable, bluetooth devices work well including mouse support, and numerous bluetooth headphones and speakers. I don't want to compare the PixelBook to other devices, but I will say I'm in the Apple ecosystem with an iphone, and iPad. I definitely have put my iPad on the shelf, per say, due to the enjoyment of using the PixelBook Go. The quiet keyboard, which is backlight, and the loud speakers too make other devices not so appealing. My rating though has to due with not all Android apps being supported with the device. As I mentioned, I'm in the I.T. field, and installing apks outside of the Google Play store has been an issue. I did, however get into developer mode in order to install unknown apks, but not all seem to work. I know that may not be a reason to dock a star, but if I am going to use the PixelBook to its full capacity, I believe all Android apps should be supported in the Chrome OS environment. I mean it is an Android device. With that said, I will say that using a Chromebook has opened my eyes to what Chrome OS has to offer as well as its limitations pertaining to workflow depending on your needs. I can definitely recommend this product to anyone who is looking for great battery life, great design, simplicity, and functionality especially if you are an Android user. Hopefully Google will continue to work on the app compatibility issues in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Making adjustments

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    It is a hard transition from Desktop and Laptop to this new way to be social and stay plugged in. Especially when you are a senior. But I am moving forward and hope the wifi printer from Epson will get here.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Battery, Display, Google services

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Pixelbook Go is a Go!

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    The Build- Wow! It’s been a minute since I’ve used a Chromebook, a few years back I purchased one for some graduate classes I was taking. This Chromebook feels amazing. Super light, and thin. I’ve been using it for a few days, and I am still pleasantly surprised when I pick it up. The entire frame of the laptops is constructed from magnesium, which is great when you first pickup because it’s nice and cool to the touch. It is easy to open up with one hand, which is a nice bonus. The ridges on the bottom are great as a grip to hold on to, and I think also make it a little easier to keep clean. Seriously, this is super portable; I kept asking my family to pick it up to feel how light it is. The Screen and Sound- Spotify, Youtube, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Apple TV+; these are all the services I have been using since the day I received it. The screen is great, videos look crispy, and the speakers are amazing. Easy to see in well lit areas, and I normally keep the brightness between 50-75%. Speakers are great for streaming music or watching movies/shows. This thing gets very loud, about 50% is way more than enough for me. Music and videos are clear. There’s good separation in highs, mids, and lows. Lows are definitely a little on the weak side, but I think that’s just a sacrifice of the size and weight of the chromebook. Battery- I’m an educator, and I decided to take this with me for a few days instead of my usual device. Used it most of the day, between lessons, and again when I got home for some entertainment and news. Finished the day with just slightly under 40% battery left. I am absolutely comfortable leaving the charger at home for a day of work. Productivity- I was a little worried in transitioning my workflow to ChromeOS. I primarily use Windows 10 or iPadOS for most of my work. I did have a slight adjustment period, but then I realized that most of the work that I do is already being done in a Chrome browser on those other 2 platforms so the transition was minimal. Also, as a huge bonus, all the work that I get done on this in Google Docs, Slides, etc is saved to the Google Drive automatically, and I can retrieve it from pretty much any device (phones, tablets, computers) that are online. If you need to share the file to someone who is not using Google services you can share it with them as an Office file (Word, Excel, etc.) You also have the option of just downloading the Android Office apps from the Google Play Store, or using their online services and using that as well. The apps work very much like their Windows 10 counterparts, and are also able to save to the cloud. Overall, I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in a lightweight, portable device that wants great battery life, a good touch screen, and great sound. It’s become my go to device.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy: Defective Hinge will break screen

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

    Do not buy. After 2 months, the hinge broke, which also damaged the screen. Google refuses to honor the warranty. A quick search shows that there are many, many people who had the exact same experience. Google is trying to avoid responsibility for its own defect.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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    Ease of Use
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    Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Don’t buy!

    Posted .

    In the beginning the Pixel Chromebook Go was great! We bought it first our 11 year old for school work. Bought in August and after very gentle use by beginning of January the hinge cover cracked at the seam and the hinge popped out. Google refuses to cover it under the limited warranty! Saying that it was consumer damage! When you google it, there are many that have had the same issue. Google still refuses to fix or replace! Be warned!

    Features

    Ease of Use
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    Quality
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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    No extended warranty offered by Best Buy

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Best Buy will not offer an extended warranty on Pixelbook Go. Google will not offer warranty on purchases outside the Google Store.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Google Team
      Posted .

      Hi drbstiner,

      Thanks for letting us know of your concern with your Pixelbook Go.

      Your Pixelbook Go comes with a 1-year limited manufacturer warranty starting from the date of original purchase. If you can contact and tell us more about the issue, we can do our best to improve your experience with your Pixelbook Go here: https://support.google.com/pixelbook/gethelp madebygoogle

  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Display

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Hardware with mediocre OS

    Posted .

    The laptop hardware is very slick, it's thin and feels really sturdy, but also portable. You also get a nice screen that is also a touch screen. And the battery life is amazing as well, even when using the laptop to watch videos. The setup is easy too, but when you start using ChromeOS that's where the Pixelbook starts to feel limited. It's pretty much like running Chrome on a Windows PC, but you can only browse the web. You have the ability to run Android apps, but most that I tried just don't look good as Andriod for tablet never took off and many don't work. If you're an advanced user you can install Linux apps which makes the laptop more useful, but most people won't do this. If you are heavily a google user and don't need to do more then use a web browser, this may be for you. For most people though I would recommend either going with an iPad or a Windows PC that generally will give you more than the Pixlebook Go due to the limits of the OS currently. The hardware is nice, and with improvements to Chrome OS maybe this will be a decent laptop down the road, but for now, there are better options.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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    Ease of Use
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    Quality
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    Pros mentioned:
    Google services, Speed

    Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    WARNING: Nonexistant Out of Warranty Support

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    Posted .

    There's no doubt about it that this is a beautiful device. The keyboard is wonderful (but shows finger grease pretty easily), the screen is decent (1080p with good viewing angles but not very vibrant), and the software is buttery smooth (but lacking finesse and features like google photos integration with local files). Very lightweight and compact - I can see myself taking this everywhere with me. Also, battery is not quite as advertised but this is typical of all the major brands. HOWEVER.... the one issue that no one seems to be talking about is the lack of repair programs once the warranty expires. With a device this portable, accidents WILL happen and unless you cash in on an extended warranty, this might become a paperweight like the original Pixelbook 2-in-1. (Seriously, google the problems with those devices after 1 year and you'll see it's a nightmare getting anyone to touch it) The issue with made by google hardware is that Google doesn't have the means to repair its own devices for whatever reason and relies on Ubreakitifixit instead. This seems like a good idea, however, a quick search on the Ubreakit site shows almost NO information for the pricing of repairs for Pixelbook Go specifically. If you refer to my included image, a screen repair on the original Pixelbook is $449.99 in the state of Colorado. That is ludicrous and I can't imagine the Pixelbook Go being any better. After chatting with a Google support agent, they could not offer concise information on this and I've yet to hear back from Ubreakit. Big surprise. Long story short - a beautiful device is nothing without a robust company supporting the software AND hardware post-purchase. It is up to the consumer to voice their opinions to the companies that make such decisions. We need to end this disposable technology era considering the valuable materials that go into the processing of each item and the quantity at which we consume. I do hope that more people consider the longevity of their device instead of only the initial quality when evaluating this and other purchases. Google, you can do better and as consumers paying a premium we should expect better.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Speed

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for Grab and Go!

    Posted .

    This laptop is perfect for many things. It satisfies my on-the-go lifestyle as well as when I use it for work at the end of the night. It’s great for when I use it at the office and even while I’m at a coffee shop. It’s fun to work on and has a cool/sleek design. I’ve had an opportunity to own a few generations of a Chromebook and it seems like they’re always making necessary improvements. I love that they actually take the time to figure out what works and move on from what doesn’t. Of course, nothing’s perfect… This Chromebook is as close as it comes. I use this Chromebook at work, home and when I’m on the go. In the short time I’ve had it, it’s come with me to my office, coffee shop, some wineries and breweries. It’s super handy and quick to pull out from my bag while meeting up with clients or friends. Best of all, it’s super fast to load and get started. Pros: Initial Setup Super fast Battery Life Noticeable Quick Charging Durable Compact Lightweight Easy to use Fits in bag Create docs Touchscreen Great for streaming Crisp picture while streaming/gaming Price Travelbillity Cons: Slight learning curve if you’re an Apple user This is the first time since I can remember that I haven’t found a noticeable issue with a tech product. I’m extremely happy and pleased with this Chromebook. It’s seriously the ultimate machine for anyone looking for an inexpensive, great performing, lightweight and durable product. I’ve noticed I’ve been taking this Chromebook everywhere. The lightweight design makes it super easy and convenient to travel with. I HIGHLY recommend this product and will be purchasing a second one for my wife come this holiday season.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Speed

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    LOVE AT FIRST CLICK

    Posted .

    LOVE AT FIRST CLICK REVIEW: Google - Pixelbook Go – M3 - Just Black BEST BUY Tech Insider Network SUMMARY: Perfect for casual browsing, watching videos etc. Battery lasts forever, only charged 2 times in about 2 weeks of use. I tend to browse and shop while watching TV shows or just sitting drinking coffee in the morning. I love that it is so lightweight, but good overall performance. UNBOXING: INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: Very attractively packaged, it is nice when buying a premium product that it is treated as such throughout the whole user experience. I was nervous at first since this is the entry level “GO” model, but it seems faster overall than my windows laptop that is only a few years old. The backlit keys are a welcome addition to my “couch-surfing”. PERFORMANCE / EASE OF USE: It was easy to setup, attach to my network and Gmail account. The “Bonus Apps” were mostly discounted tools, but that’s OK. My main apps are Netflix, Facebook, and Facebook Games. Movies were smooth and bright and the sound was perfectly fine. The construction is very sturdy and I would have no worries about tossing it in a bag for travel. Having purchased budget Android Tablets in the past that I was immediately disappointed in, I can tell this wont be the case with this Pixelbook GO. With plenty of speed and storage, this will be my new Go To device for every day use. I do wish that it was also a convertible so I could use it as a tablet or e-reader, but that is minor. SUMMARY: I would recommend this Chromebook, even the M3 version for people who spend 90% of their computer time on the web. You can even use basic productivity and office apps. Just know that this is not a “Windows” based computer, so don’t expect to run MS Office or Programs designed for windows. For example there is not a direct way to use this to drive a “CRICUT” crafting machine. But it gives me the flexibility to let each of my devices do what they do best.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Speed

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Sleek and speedy

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I've used other brand Chromebooks but the Pixelbook is everything a Chromebook should be. It's sleek and super fast. Connects to my pixel phone and is ready to use as soon as I open it, no loading required. Battery life has also been great, I'm not heavy user so I can go a week on a charge. Would definitely recommend it.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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