For Google Pixelbook Go, there are 4 types of laptop, and they are all called Google Pixelbook Go. The differences between them are their processor, RAM, storege, display and of course, their price.
For the $649 one, its processor is Intel® Core™ m3 with 8GB and 64GB storage and full HD display, while the $849, equipped with Intel® Core™ i5, 8GB of RAM, 128GB storage and full HD display. The third type is $999, Intel® Core™ i5 as its processor, with 16GB of RAM and 128GB storage and the full HD display. The last is the $1399 type. Aa we can from the pricing, the last is the best one compared with the others. Its processor is Intel® Core™ i7, and its RAM and storage increase to 16GB and 258GB, and the biggest difference is its display, with 4K Ultra HD Molecular display.
Although the above four types have some differences each, most of their performance is the same. Now, let’s take the $849 type as an example to review.
For those people who want to buy the Google Pixelbook Go have already know about its tech specifications, which are mostly familiar with Google Pixel Slate, even some are the same.
Google Pixelbook Go, with 8GB of memory, and the Intel Core i5 as its processor, is the champion of browsing and using network applications. When I use chromebook, I usually do not open more than a dozen tags. Pixelbook Go still works perfectly, and there is no slowing down, no page refresh, no cursor lagging, etc.
It is also very suitable for watching 1080p video on Youtube and watching traditianl programs on Youtube TV, which can go well, especially due to the excellent color saturation and brightness of the internal hardware and 16:9 1080p display, except that it is slightly insufficient when placed outdoors, because you can not see the screen clearly.
From an overall performance perspective, the $849 Pixelbook Go is more than enough for almost anyone, except for users who are highly dependent on intensive Linux applications.
2. Battery Life
For the battery life, because the battery life are related to many variables, such as your usage activities and brightness settings, the claimed 12 hour battery life can not be fully reached.
However, when the brightness is set to about 60% or lower than 60%, the laptop can run for about 9 hours even more 9 hours on average each time, and that coule be called long battery life Go. But what’s the most surprised is the fast charging. The official claimed that charging for 20 minutes gives you about two hours of running time.
The quality of the Pixelbook Go meets the standard of the Google Chromebook. There is no plastic, everything is installed in the magnesium alloy classis with matte finish, which greatly reduces fingerprint traces and has a good feeling when you touch it. It weights 2.3 pounds and you can carry it with you anywhere.
Compared with the previous Pixel laptop, Pixelbook Go has a premium panel with small borders. However, it does have the warmer hue than most other Chromebooks, and you sometimes wonder if this pale yellow hue will make your eyes uncomfortable.
As far as aspect ratio is concerned, it is very suitable for people who have high demandd for content, but there is a little dissatisfication when it comes to improving productivity. To be clear, 16:9 is suitable for splitting screens side by side using teo labels or productivity applications, and most people’ s needs can be meet.
The Speakers on the Pixelbook Go are not as good those on Pixel Slate, although they are actually all good enough. The sound actually sounds bigger. Although the clarity of the speakers is higher than average, it can not be compared with Pixel Slate. But, it’s obviously better than Pixelbook.
Then it comes to keyboard and touchpad. Google use the mute key design of the Pixel Slate keyboard and combines it with the excellent keyboard of Pixelbook. The results are amazing on Pixelbook Go keyboard, because it becomes a quiet, comfortable typing and traditional shaped button with enough bounce and responsiveness. The touchpad is pretty good, too. It’s super smooth, a little bigger than Slate’s touchpad, and it’s perfect for multi touch gestures. The glass will make a little noise when it is fully pressed, but it does suppoet the mute of the normal pressing.
If you are one of those people who only care about specifications and prices, then I could understand why yo think about Pixelbook Go is too expensive. After all, you can find other Chromebooks with the same or familiar specifications at a lower piece.
For example, ASUS Chromebook Flip C425, which is also a flip touch screen devise, has a recommended retail price if $499.99, and can be purchased on Amazon for a lower price today. It has the same processor core and the 8GB memory, but only half the storage space of Pixelbook Go. You can expand the storage on ASUS, but you can not go on with Go. Therefore, it’s reasonable to complain about the pricing of Go.
There is no Pixelbook Pen
Although Go have the touch screen, you can not flip the screen completely into tablet mode like Pixelbook. Then, Google had a compromise: Google told Android Police that Go does not support the Pixelbook Pen. That’s a little disappointing. There are must some traditional laptops which support the pen. For example, the Surface Laptop 3 released by Mocrosoft have the Surface Pen.
But in my own opinion, the traditional fliped laptop’ screen angle may make the stylus clumsy. Maybe that’s the reason why Google chose not to let Go support Pen.
5. The College Students Can Consider Pixelbook Go
Based on the profession, technical requirements and budget, this laptop of $649 Pixelbook Go is perfect for most college students. The Pixelbook Go looks like a Macbook, and there are a lot of students using it in campus. So to avoid the assimilation, the Pixelbook Go can be the first chioce when you want to buy a laptop.
In fact, Go can meet all the learning needs. Even if some of the paper have to be submitted in Microsoft Word, the homework only needs basic typesetting format. You can write Google Documents and save them in Microsoft’s. Docx format.
Therefore, students should consider whether Chrome OS can mee their learning needs. Even if you can’t do one or two small things on Chromebook, Pixel Go can be an option if you can easily do them in a computer lab on campus. For example, when you are having database course, you use Micresoft SQL server and must use a Windows computer to connect to the database. Whenever yo are on campus, you can go to the lab to do the work, otherwise, you can use Chromebook.