Google Pixelbook

Last updated: October 6, 2020

The Google Pixelbook has a useful backlit keyboard and a convertible design. Plus, it comes with Google Assistant installed, so all you have to do is say, "OK Google" to find what you're looking for.

We looked at the top Laptops and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Laptop you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: Comes with Google Assistant installed. Useful backlit keyboard and convertible design.

In our analysis of 108 expert reviews, the Google Pixelbook placed 6th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The backlit keyboard’s keys are well-spaced, and the 0.8mm travel is a delight with forceful feedback.
The laptop's useful convertible design, which can be propped up like a tent, flipped over like a stand or folded back like a tablet, adds to the overall usability and utility.
That is the lowest possible bar, of course, so here is some slightly higher praise. Some apps, especially Microsoft Office apps, Netflix, and several Google apps are genuinely great.
Just like its predecessor, the Chromebook Pixel, the Google Pixelbook comes with a powerful processor, a premium design and a hefty price tag.
When we reviewed Google's Chromebook Pixel in 2013, we said it was a gorgeous, well-built computer that almost no one should buy.
On a desk, the hinge will hold the screen at any angle without overbalancing the laptop, which is quite impressive.

What reviewers didn't like

Google has crammed the speakers underneath the keyboard, and the result is awfully tinny sound.
The Pixelbook ups the ante for all Chromebooks, and it does so at a high cost -- literally.
Most of these problems can be solved with better, updated versions of Android apps that understand that they're running on a Chromebook.
So far, so tempting, but inevitably you’ll have to ask yourself whether Chrome OS meets your computing needs
Chrome OS was too limited, when a computer running Windows or macOS costs the same amount.
It weighs 1.1kg, which is light for a laptop, but a bit heavy for a tablet.
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