Google Store selling refurbished Core i5 Pixelbook for $699

There appear to be a few Pixelbook Go reviews suggesting that either a less expensive Chromebook or a discounted Pixelbook is the better option. I don’t necessarily agree, but I’ll share those reasons in my full review, which is nearly complete.

However, if you’re in that camp and would rather get a Google Pixelbook, check out the refurbished section of the Google Store: The $999 model is available as a refurb for $699.

Obviously, you’re getting a high-end Chromebook from 2017 with this deal, but the original Pixelbook is plenty powerful enough for most people while also offering solid battery life, a pleasing industrial design, 2-in-1 capabilities, and optional Pixelbook Pen support.

Inside is the 7th-gen Intel Core i5 Y-Series processor, 8 GB of memory, and 128 GB of eMMC storage. You also get a pair of USB Type-C ports, one on each side, and one of the best keyboard/trackpad combos on any Chromebook. I’d assume that these refurbished Pixelbooks also come with a fresh battery, so you don’t have to worry about the power pack having a reduced charge capacity.

Keep in mind that the comparable Pixelbook Go, with a slightly newer Core i5 Y-Series processor retails for $849, so in terms of value, this is a pretty good deal.

And in terms of the Chrome OS automatic update expiration date, Google has committed to providing software updates through June 2024. Based on a conversation I had last week with a Google hardware product manager, it’s even possible that date could yet be extended.

About the author

Kevin C. Tofel has covered technology since 2004. He's used ChromeOS since Google debuted the CR-48 in 2010, reviewing dozens of Chromebooks since then. He worked for Google's Chrome Enterprise team from 2016 to 2017, supporting the launch of Android app support. In his free time, he uses Chromebooks to learn software engineering at Launch School. In 2019, Kevin joined the CS Curriculum Committee at his local community college.

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