Google Pixelbook

Last updated date: August 9, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

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We looked at the top 1 Chromebooks and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including Tech Radar, Digital Trends, Laptop Magazine, The Verge, CNET, Wired, PC Magazine, Engadget, BestReviews and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Chromebook you should buy.

Overall Take

Switching from laptop to tablet mode is easy with the Google Pixelbook. Android apps work seamlessly on this Chromebook. In our analysis of 72 expert reviews, the Google Google Pixelbook placed 2nd when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 9, 2019:
Checkout The Best Chromebook for a detailed review of all the top chromebooks.

Expert Summarized Score
7.9
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
42 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Perhaps the most marquee feature of the Pixelbook is its wholecloth support of Android apps and the Google Play store, not to mention the brand new launcher interface to access these apps.
- Tech Radar
November 13, 2018 | Full review
The silver-and-white paint isn’t eye-catching, but undeniably sets itself apart from other 2-in-1s, and we think it looks rather handsome.
- Digital Trends
October 9, 2018 | Full review
The Pixelbook we tested features a Core i5-7Y57 CPU and 8GB of RAM, enables smooth performance and works well with Android apps.
- Laptop Magazine
October 9, 2018 | Full review
Here's the good news: Android apps run very well on the Pixelbook, with nearly none of the showstopping issues I had before.
- The Verge
October 26, 2017 | Full review
Its convertible design is useful: I easily went from using the keyboard to respond to an email, to folding it into a tablet so I could easily read an article.
- CNET
October 26, 2017 | Full review
Google Assistant makes its way into your laptopping life here too, accessible via a button between Ctrl and Alt on the left side of the keyboard.
- Wired
October 26, 2017 | Full review
Screen quality is satisfyingly crisp, text has no jaggy edges, and photos and videos have excellent detail and color fidelity.
- PC Magazine
October 26, 2017 | Full review
The combo of the Google Assistant and improved Android apps makes the whole Chrome OS experience feel more complete.
- Engadget
October 26, 2017 | Full review
You can ask for any information you need just by saying "OK Google."
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
As has become the growing trend in the thinnest and lightest laptops, Google has crammed the speakers underneath the keyboard, and the result is awfully tinny sound
- Tech Radar
November 13, 2018 | Full review
Chrome OS isn’t compatible with the testing software we normally use for displays, so we weren’t able to go as deep as normal.
- Digital Trends
October 9, 2018 | Full review
If not for its higher price and subpar battery life, the Pixelbook would be an easy recommendation.
- Laptop Magazine
October 9, 2018 | Full review
The problem is that the work of uniting Android land and Chrome land isn't done yet — and in many cases they don't even speak the same language.
- The Verge
October 26, 2017 | Full review
Unfortunately, there's nowhere to store the pen on the laptop.
- CNET
October 26, 2017 | Full review
The messy Android implementation even seems to affect battery life.
- Wired
October 26, 2017 | Full review
Ports are limited, which shouldn't be a surprise considering how thin the chassis is.
- PC Magazine
October 26, 2017 | Full review
Unfortunately, that performance comes at the cost of battery life.
- Engadget
October 26, 2017 | Full review
The 12.3" display is a little small for daily use. It can't do very much without a WiFi connection.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

Meet Google Pixelbook, the high performance Chromebook. It’s the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in. The long lasting battery delivers up to 10 hours of use and it’s fast charging so can get 2 hours of use in 15 minutes. 4-in-1 design adapts to whatever you’re doing with laptop, tablet, tent and entertainment modes. Access to favorite apps including Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, YouTube and more. Pixelbook's super thin and lightweight design measures 10.3 mm and weighs 2.45lbs. Features a 12.3” 360° touchscreen display, a sleek aluminum body, Corning Gorilla Glass and a backlit keyboard. Powered by Chrome OS with automatic software updates so you’ll always have the latest virus protection. It starts up in less than 10 secs, stays fast throughout the day, and won’t slow down over time.

Overall Product Rankings

Asus Chromebook Flip
1. Asus Chromebook Flip
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 2
2. Google Pixelbook
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Samsung Chromebook 3
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Lenovo 14″ IdeaPad Chromebook
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 5
5. ASUS 11.6″ Chromebook Ruggedized, Water Resistant
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 12
6. Acer Chromebook 11
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Samsung Chromebook Pro
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 2
8. ASUS Flip Touchscreen
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 2
9. HP Chromebook N2840
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 4
10. Acer Flagship 15″
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 4
11. Acer Chromebook 14
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 8
12. Dell Chromebook 11
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3
13. Dell Inspiron 13 7000
Overall Score: 6.4
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Chromebooks

Tired of your old and heavy laptop? Is your desktop computer slowing down and out-of-date? It may be time to get yourself a Chromebook laptop. Chromebooks are light, portable and won’t drain your bank account. Chromebooks are different from your typical laptop computers that run Windows or Mac operating systems. Chromebooks use Google’s Chrome OS, which was created from the Linux operating system. Chrome OS differentiates itself from the competition by running only web-based applications.

Chromebooks hit the market in 2011 and have continued to grow in popularity today as a popular choice in schools across the country.

Chromebooks tend to be lighter and have better battery life than other laptops. While a Chromebook can’t do everything, it’s a good option if you plan to use your computer to browse social media, watch shows on Netflix or Hulu and use the stable of Google applications like Gmail, Google Docs and Google Drive.

Chromebooks also tend to be safer than other computers. Thanks to Chrome OS, Chromebooks are less susceptible to viruses than computers that run Windows or Mac operating systems.

Unlike other laptops, when you start up a Chromebook, the only app that you will see is the Google Chrome web browser. Chromebooks rely on the internet because they function with Google’s web-based applications. While Chromebooks like the Acer Chromebook 14 come with a 32 GB hard drive, the bulk of your storage space will exist in the cloud on Google Drive. This is one of the great benefits of Chrome OS and the cloud because you will be able to access all of your documents on any computer with internet access. Just log into your Google account and you can view and edit any of your documents or emails.

If you are looking for a lightweight laptop that has fast boot times (on average, just 8 seconds), is optimized for Google apps, has a long battery life and is easy to use, then a Chromebook may be right for you.

DYWM Fun Fact

Have you ever booted up your desktop or laptop computer only to have a notification pop up on your screen that you have a software update waiting in install? Have decided to delay it for four hours? Until the next day? Do you keep putting if off for weeks? Well, with a Chromebook you will no longer have to worry about annoying notifications and delaying updating your operating system software. Google’s Chrome OS software quietly updates itself in the background of your computer while you are using your laptop. You will no longer need to stop what you are working on to update to the newest software. Google typically comes out with minor updates to its Chrome OS every two to three weeks, with larger updates occurring every six weeks.

The Chromebook Buying Guide

  • Google’s Chrome OS is based off of Linux’s operating system, allowing Chromebooks to run Linux applications.
  • Chromebooks have become the go-to laptop for schools across the country. As of January 2018, more than 25 million students and teachers use Chromebooks in the classroom. The affordable price point is the main reason why this product has become so popular in school. The Acer Chromebook 14 typically costs less than $300, the Samsung Chromebook 3 can be purchased for around $200 and the Acer Chromebook 11 is typically priced at under $300. But the price isn’t the only advantage of having a Chromebook in the classroom. Chromebooks are also very secure and school administrators can make sure they prevent students from visiting websites that are inappropriate for the classroom. Chromebooks also work with Google’s educational suite of apps.
  • Chromebooks have always been able to run Google applications, but starting with 2017 models, Chromebooks began having the functionality to run Android applications as well. The result: Chromebooks can now run more than a million additional apps, helping to increase their popularity. Chromebooks can run more apps than any other device.
  • The Google Pixelbook is the first Chromebook to come installed with Google Assistant. Like Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, Google Pixelbook allows you to talk directly to your laptop and ask questions to Google Assistant. You can also tap a key on your keyboard to activate Google Assistant and type your question in an on-screen chat window. You can also control your music and videos by talking to Google Assistant.
  • While Chromebooks work best when they are connected to the internet, more than 200 apps exist that work while offline. Applications like Gmail, Pocket and Google Drive can all be used without an internet connection. The offline apps will automatically sync up and save to the cloud once an internet connection returns.
  • Chromebooks are known for being light-weight — most are under 3 pounds. They also tend to have a long battery life. Most Chromebooks can run for an entire day before needing a charge. The Acer Chromebook 14 has a battery life of 12 hours, while the Samsung Chromebook 3 can last up to 11 hours on a single charge.
  • While Chromebooks aren’t known for coming with large hard drives, the Acer Chromebook 11 and Acer Chromebook 14 each come with 32 GB hard drives. Plus, you can still get two years of 100 GB Google Drive cloud storage for free with a new purchase of a Chromebook.
  • Making a laptop that you won’t have to worry about your kid dropping on the floor isn’t easy. But that is exactly what the Acer Chromebook 11 and Acer Chromebook 14 have done (another reason why these devices are so popular in schools).  Both have passed military-grade durability tests. The Acer Chromebook 14 can also withstand extreme temperatures, while the Samsung Chromebook 3 has a water-resistant keyboard. If durability is one of your top priorities, a Chromebook should be at the top of your list.
  • Chromebooks may not be the laptop for you if your main priority for a computer is gaming. While a Chromebook provides a lot of great advantages, playing PC games isn’t one of them.
  • The monitors of Chromebooks typically range from 11 inches to 13 inches. The Acer Chromebook 14 has a slightly larger screen, topping out at 14 inches. You’ll want to consider how important screen size is to you before making a purchasing decision.