Google Pixelbook Go – Introduction
The next Google Chromebook has arrived, and if you spend most of your time online and in the cloud, this machine will be a desirable alternative to Windows laptops. Starting at $649, the Pixelbook Go delivers robust performance, a bright 13.3-inch display, and impressive battery life, all packaged in an ultra-thin chassis.
However, the keyboard (while being quiet) may require more travel time, and the speakers sound harder. Following a material update in 2015 and the expensive Pixelbook convertible of 2017, Google has tried to attract the concentration of the public with the Pixel Slate of last year, a two-in-one overvalued and poorly optimized sold if wrong that the company gave up making tablets.
This year, Google takes a different approach by trying to sell to regular citizens with the Pixelbook Go, a standard laptop with Chrome OS technology. At the entry-level, some similar Chromebooks surpass Google Pixelbook Go prices, such as the 14-inch Asus Chromebook Flip, which offers a full 2-in-1 experience for $50 less in the United States.back to menu ↑
Google Pixelbook Go – Design
Ben Janofsky, Senior Product Manager at Google for Hardware, said Pixelbook Go’s more traditional form factor was chosen for its cost and longevity: 360-degree hinges and removable keyboards increase the value and durability of the device. Costs and reduce the internal space that could be filled with battery.
The Go is not there to replace the original Pixelbook or Pixel Slate, he says; it’s his own thing, meant to coexist with other Google Chrome offers. Its design language is Google Google, with rounded corners, a soft-touch finish, and an unduly fun undulating bottom. All the aesthetics is straddling the Google touchline for my taste. Still, design decisions are not unrealistic: the smooth edges are comfortable to hold and allow the laptop to slip into the bags, and its painted exterior beautifully repels fingerprints.
The anodized aluminum frame of Pixel Slate was not quite up to scratch. Speaking of aluminum, you will not find it here. Instead, this matte paint job is applied to magnesium. Magnesium is a particularly light metal, which partly explains why the Pixelbook Go rock scales at a surprisingly lightweight (2.3 pounds) (or 2.4, if you use the 4K model with a larger battery). It’s about the same as the first Pixelbook, even though the Go is a slightly larger device.
It was no coincidence: Google says the laptop was designed to be lightweight – hence its name. I appreciate how negligible his weight is in a backpack. Still, the combination of its insubstantial Go mass with the paint that masks the feel of his metal body gives the impression that the final product is not as high-end that it should be given. His price.back to menu ↑
Google Pixelbook Go – Display
Fortunately, Google did not cut corners with the Pixelbook Go’s 13.3-inch display, which offers exceptional detail and brilliant, colorful image quality. According to our colorimeter, the Pixelbook Go panel produces 108% of the sRGB spectrum, which is above the 85% average for the Chromebooks, as well as the scores obtained for the HP Chromebook 15 (64%) and the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (93%). ) The display of the OG Pixelbook (117%) is even more colorful.
Our laser gun captured a maximum brightness of 368 nits in the Pixelbook Go, surpassing the average of 266 nits of Chromebook, as well as the results of the HP Chromebook 15 (247 nits) and Asus (Chromebook Flip C434) synthesizers. Again, the 421-nit panel of the original Pixelbook is the king of this round. And while the Pixelbook Go is bright enough to keep bright colors when viewed at an angle of 30 to 40 degrees to the left and right, its screen is extremely reflective and captures a lot of glare. The 13.3-inch touch screen of Pixelbook Go responded quickly to my pats and jabs. Window navigation and website scrolling also went well.back to menu ↑
Google Pixelbook Go – Battery
It’s even better than Google Pixelbook Go with remarkable battery life. It took a lot of 11 hours and 14 minutes to run the Chromebook through our local video playback test. The 2019 MacBook Air missed this mark of … an hour and 14 minutes. This fits very closely with the number promised by Google – 12 hours with a charge – which is rare for almost all laptops on the market.
The only other laptops to come close to the announced battery are those of Apple, which demonstrates the benefits that companies get from the simultaneous adjustment of their hardware and software. Also, the Pixelbook Go can get up to two hours of battery charging in just 20 minutes of connection to the socket.back to menu ↑
Google Pixelbook Go – Keyboard & Trackpad
Let me tell you about this fantastic keyboard. This is, without a doubt, the best laptop keyboard I have ever used. Unlike many of my peers, the keyboard of the first Pixelbook has never particularly attracted me; it seemed a little too superficial, and often I could not record my keystrokes, especially on the spacebar.
The Pixelbook Go, on the other hand, has none of these problems – or, from what I can say, no problem at all. It is backlit and of standard size, with extremely responsive keys that offer the right amount of movement and resistance, as well as a satisfying upward bounce. They are also very quiet – Google calls them Hush Keys. In comparison, the trackpad material does not reach the same intellectual peaks, but it remains perfect. It is frosted glass, and its pleasant texture provides a comfortable level of resistance. His click is firm and satisfying too. However, Chrome OS continues to have an annoying quirk with the click-click.
When you double-tap the trackpad and hold your finger on it, drag your finger to drag an item on the screen – activated, it’s frustrating to tap to click between the moment your finger hits the pad and the one where the software records a click. This makes the whole thing slow. Enabling/disabling sliding in the settings corrects it, but you should not have to choose the ease of use of one feature over another.back to menu ↑
Google Pixelbook Go – Performance
As a Chromebook, you should not expect exceptional performance from Pixelbook Go, especially with Intel CPUs without a fan. The laptop is undoubtedly capable of running games on Android and playing a 1080p video without any problem, but anything beyond that risk will make the system unusable. It works well for Google because its operating system does not support many demanding applications.
We found that with 8GB of RAM, this Chromebook is much more capable of multitasking between multiple Google Chrome browser tabs – more than a dozen – without having to reload them after accessing them because of a lack of memory. Also, for its price, Pixelbook Go Geekbench 4 numbers are not worse than those of the latest MacBook Air.back to menu ↑
Google Pixelbook Go – Camera & Audio Quality
The Pixelbook Go’s camera is much better than most other laptops ultraportable, because of its 1080p resolution. (Most laptop webcams are limited to video recording in 720p.) This means a much better video conferencing quality: the picture was grain-free when tested in a brightly lit office, which laptops far more expensive can not accomplish. Parents who buy a Pixelbook Go for their son or daughter in college will appreciate this feature.
The audio quality of the Pixelbook Go is also excellent, mainly because of its lightness. The stereo speaker grids line the keyboard, instead of being under the computer, as is the case with other ultraportable computers. This made the sound clear and robust, even at the highest volume setting during my tests.back to menu ↑
Google Pixelbook Go – Specification
In terms of specs, the Pixelbook Go feels like any other laptop. The 13-inch touch screen offers 1080p resolution (and a 1080p webcam), 64GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM (the $1399 model gives you a 4K UHD display, quadruple storage and doubles the memory). The particularly reflective screen of the display makes outdoor use very complicated, but the videos are rather explicit.back to menu ↑
Google Pixelbook Go – OS
As with all Chromebooks, using the Pixelbook Go is a compromised study. You’ll have access to all the Google’s software tools you’re used to, from Docs word processing to Google Assistant for voice queries. You will also be able to use many of the same third-party applications and services that you would’ve on a phone, Mac, or PC, including Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office, and Dropbox.
You can even use alternatives to the Chrome browser: I installed the Mozilla Firefox and Opera Android versions, which are available in the Google Play Store. But there are several disadvantages of Chrome that thwarted my attempts to use the Pixelbook Go as the main laptop. A few of them are significant pacts: there is no way to connect to my company’s VPN using Chrome OS, and many video streaming services do not work because they require DRM software without Chrome OS support.
Other defects are more minor, such as the fact that every time I connected my external hard drive to Pixelbook Go, it took almost a minute to recognize it, compared to the seconds it usually takes on Pc or a Mac.back to menu ↑
Google Pixelbook Go – Ports
There is virtually no port on the Pixelbook Go. All it has is a USB Type-C port and a headphone jack on the left side, while the right side is isolated with a Type-C USB port vs. This configuration reflects what you get from the most expensive Pixelbook, while the HP Chromebook 15 and the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 both have two USB-C ports, as well as a microSD drive and a USB Type- AT. Thunderbolt 3 is one of those reversible ports.back to menu ↑
Google Pixelbook Go – Verdict
If the form component speaks to you and you are not afraid to do the best job. Although the Pixelbook Go is positioned as the entry-level hardware of Google Chrome OS, there are other Chromebooks with similar specifications for a lower price, and even the Go itself will undoubtedly see its selling prices on vacation.
It’s also an important to note that the original Google Pixelbook and the Pixel Slate are always available, often at a discounted price, and that the Go is not necessarily an upgrade. But there is a lot to love with the Pixelbook Go: its flawless keyboard, sleek construction, and amazingly robust speakers.
On top of that, Google has become a sort of tech designer brand in recent years, and, like its predecessors, Go seems to have been designed for people who value the company’s style for its practicality. If it’s your jam, go for it.
Google's new Pixelbook is an amazing Chromebook for anyone who does not want to spend a lot of money on Google's previous Pixelbook. Its incredible battery life and astonishing keyboard are just two of the selling points of this Pixelbook.
- Light chassis
- Sleek, minimalist design
- Bright, colorful panel
- Long battery life
- Rare 1080p webcam
- No biometric login
- No USB-A ports
- Limiting clamshell design