Four months after initially reviewing the Pixelbook Go, I decided to revisit this Chromebook. The build quality, light weight and excellent overall experience does add a premium to the price but for many, I think it’s worth it.
I’ve been using a Chromebook to code for my Computer Science college classes since last January. It works great. But recently I had to flowchart an algorithm. Draw.io is a great web-based app for nearly any type of diagramming needs.
Two weeks of using the Pixelbook Go shed more light on just who this Chromebook is, and isn’t for. Keep in mind: It’s not a budget Chromebook. Pixelbook Go is a budget Pixelbook.
After 80 hours of using the $849 Pixelbook Go, I have to admit that Google changed my mind from “meh” to “oh yeah!” Is it worth the premium price? Yes, but not for everyone.
Instead of packing numerous power bricks to charge my smartwatch, phone, and Kindle at CES, I only took a few USB cords and the Pixel Slate charger because of one accessory: A USB Type-C hub.
Although designed for the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, Belkin’s USB-C desktop keyboard with stand works well with the Pixel Slate and costs $50. There are some limitations but it’s worth the look if you want to type away on a desk or other flat surface.
There haven’t been many reviews of the base $599 Pixel Slate with a Celeron processor to date. However, this video review of one shows how the device performs in a broad range of use cases, which may help you decide if the Celeron model is for you.
Don’t want to read through a long review of the Pixel Slate? Here’s a special edition podcast I did with my MobileTechRoundup show co-host, Matthew Miller, providing our weeklong impressions of the new Google Chrome OS tablet.
The Pixel Slate and Keyboard aren’t for everyone when there are less expensive 2-in-1 Chromebooks available. But if you want the best of both a Chrome OS desktop and a tablet mode, aside from a few minor issues, this potent package is exceptional.
With newer, more powerful processors, extra screen real estate and a lower price point than the Pixelbook, Acer’s Chromebook Spin 13 is ideal for power users or enterprise customers, minus a few small nits.
Here’s a first look at Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in the Google Pixelbook browser. Overall it looks excellent but Google might have some work to do in reducing input lag. Still, this is promising!