I already own a Chromebook, and I’ve explained why I love these devices. Today, Google announced their next Chromebook called the Google Pixelbook. This isn’t your typical Chromebook though – not by a long shot.
A Chromebook on steroids.
One reason the Pixelbook is so costly, yet such a beast in performance, are its specs.
- Solid state drive (128GB, 256GB, or 512GB NVMe)
- Powered by a 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 or i7 processor for faster browsing and gaming, and seamless 4K output to an external monitor.
- 8GB or 16GB RAM for seamless multitasking
- Charge for 15 minutes to get up to 2 hours of use
- 12.3″ 2400×1600 (235 ppi) Quad HD LCD display for sharper images
- Touchscreen display with Google Pixelbook Pen support
- 400 nits for using in bright areas
- 72% NTSC color
- Dual speakers for better surround sound
- 4 mics for improved noise cancellation during video calls
- Aluminum unibody
- Glass detail with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
- USB-C™ 45W adaptor that also works with Pixel phones
- 41 Whr battery
- Backlit keys for easier typing in low light
- Google Assistant key
- 720p @ 60FPS Camera
- Two USB-Cs for charging, 4K display output and quicker data transfer1
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
As you can see, you’re getting a lot here. These specs are arguably overkill for Chrome OS.
Here’s one aspect where I would love to own a Pixelbook. The ability to draw on it using a proper, good, pressure sensitive stylus.
For an additional fee, you can purchase a Google Pixelbook Pen to use. Google’s teamed up with Wacom to bring you the best stylus experience such as what you’d experience on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Apple iPad Pro, or the Microsoft Surface.
Owning a Google Chromebook Pixel wasn’t cheap years ago, and that’s no different for the Google Pixelbook now. The price starts at $999 USD ($1299 CAD) and increases in increments depending on whether you choose i5/8GB RAM/128GB SSD, i5/8GB RAM/256GB SSD, or i7/16GB RAM/512GB NVMe SSD.
The pen, by the way, is an additional $99 USD ($129 CAD). Yes, that is on top of the fee of the Chromebook itself.
I did the math, and if I were order the most expensive options, it would run me $2228 CAD before taxes and without the $349 Preferred Care coverage. Yikes!
…But this would be so awesome to own and use!