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Ars Technica's Valentina Palladino takes a look at the new Google Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen and discusses some of the pros and cons of the devices. Connect with Ars Technica: Visit ArsTechnica.com: http://arstechnica.com Follow Ars Technica on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arstechnica Follow Ars Technica on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+ArsTechnica/videos Follow Ars Technica on Twitter: https://twitter.com/arstechnica Google Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen: Pros & Cons | Ars Technica
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garak0410 (18 days ago)
I'm considering this over an Android tablet as a supplement.
InvisiMan (26 days ago)
"Assistant only works when the device is on". You don't say! LOL Got my Pixelbook last week... I've owned ipads, many android tablets, a windows 10 tablet, high-end laptops, rugged laptops, phablets... and this device is one of my favorites. Amazing performance, great battery life, nice and compact, beautiful display, excellent keyboard and trackpad, super easy updates and maintenance. This is my secondary PC (to my desktop), but I've been using it like it's my primary and I love it!
Sean The Right Way (1 month ago)
What is she looking at? 👀
rabitman3000 (1 month ago)
Google needs to cleanse the play store like Apple has with the app store (iOS 11 64bit only)
Brian Mizway (2 months ago)
I might use this as my main device because I live on my android phone for last 5 years. I like the extra power of windows and stuff but I don't need half of what's on it. I will never program, code, worry about serious gaming levels, won't need to design or edit photos or videos. So while I was looking at serious laptops with more power for same money this might work for me. Google os has good security features, lets me surf the web just like my phone. Lets me type and use it as a 2 and 1 and let a me bring android apps with the chrome operating system as well. Plus I can use any social media, emailing, and Hulu or you tube stuff I watch and do. The average person would be just fine. Many people have powerful laptops or computers and still just do these same things. Unless you know you need something more demanding than the normal person I believe this could be someone's main computer. This plus my phone. I'm willing to give it a try. I wouldn't have bought the cheaper chromebook in the past but with much better mac book pro-like quality back lit keyboard and feel and serious hardware now for a chrome book. I think it can finally be pulled off. I think its worth the try. And if I want or need something more powerful than this in future then I can always buy something else. But after living on my android phone for over 5 yrs the pixelbook can and should be able to handle just about all my needs. And average person probably would be fine with it too. If I had a more powerful laptop like the surface book 2 I would still only use the same things I would anyways with a pixelbook. But obviously I like other things too like the surface book 2 and lenovo 920 2 and 1 laptops.
Paulina nrv (2 months ago)
Wow.. I couldn't see it all, you're eyebrows distract me a lot
Luis Burciaga (3 months ago)
These cons sound more like cons with chrome OS, not with the pixelbook at all...
garak0410 (18 days ago)
Agreed...the hardware is impressive. And despite the adoption of ChromeBooks in US Schools, ChromeOS just isn't "there" yet.
WhiskeyShots (3 months ago)
Your complaints on the device really are unfounded. The assistant not listening when the device is off isn't really a problem, it's a laptop, not a phone, and when it's off, it's off. The pen lag in certain apps is the fault of the apps, not Chrome OS or the Pixelbook. Likewise, apps not sizing properly is a problem with the app, not the Pixelbook. As for the assistant not working with G-Suite accounts, that's been a complaint from G-Suite users since day one. Google doesn't allow any of the cool services to be used with those accounts, and it doesn't matter, since most normal people don't use G-Suite anyway. Essentially, what I heard you say was that this is an awesome device and some of the stuff you decided to try running on it needed work to catch up with it.
oubrioko (3 months ago)
Why is she looking slightly off-camera during closeups?
ErikTheRed (3 months ago)
oubrioko she is camera shy.
Kent Trammell (4 months ago)
Stomach knotting when I see such a beautiful machine on that unevenly planked table.
Andrew Johnson (4 months ago)
Kent Trammell the surface of the table was so uneven that the pixelbook rocked from corner to corner as she typed.... Just a dumb place for the review
drees84 (4 months ago)
Really good review. Thanks. Particularly the point about gSuite. Knowing that will likely save quite a few potential buyers some serious headaches.
Adam Johnson (4 months ago)
Comb your hair girl
jgmisowns (8 days ago)
you're so useless
Dorgen87 (4 months ago)
Great review, sounds like most the cons are can be fixed overtime with software updates.
Max Luna (4 months ago)
Does the pen work with a phone?
Khaled Ali (4 months ago)
Ola cuteee😍😍
Richard Servello (4 months ago)
So, why did you use Pixlr in full screen mode? It's a phone app. Run it windowed.
Richard Servello (4 months ago)
10 msecs is less than every other pen (surface, iPad)...I think that's a best case scenario. I don't think the device is accountable for bad apps.
Richard Servello (4 months ago)
Why would anyone use this as a "main device". These are supplimental devices.
Luis Burciaga (18 days ago)
I'm a student and I bought it and have it as my main device. It's really good for note taking and everything else I do. Definitely worth it for me
R X (1 month ago)
Supplemental device for £1000 😂😂😂 Jesus what is your main device????
Elijah Kadel (2 months ago)
I think 1k would be my primary lol
Santiago Pazos Cambeiro (2 months ago)
al maQ thank you. I have been using Macbooks and iMac for the longest so I am pretty concerned about leaving my comfort zone ;) I already left iPhone for Pixel and don't regret a bit though. Regarding Pixelbook and Microsoft office I read mix reviews. Some people say the word on Pixelbook is pretty limited. Another people tell me it is great. And I haven't deeply explored docs quite yet to have an opinion about it. I am looking for a nice tablet with stylus options - so I was checking either iPad or Pixelbook. Love Apple iPads and desktops but since I have a Pixel 2 xl was thinking about the Pixelbook. Curious to see what Google is going to show at CES - some people are saying they might show a new Chromebook
ErikTheRed (3 months ago)
It appears many developers are using termux or crouton(dev mode) to make the Pixelbook a usable Linux dev machine. This is where it starts to make more sense to me. Admittedly, that’s a subset of users.
Michael Perrigo (4 months ago)
A very fair review
Keith Perry (4 months ago)
Very informative, thank you. Would you recommend the Pixelbook over the rumored Samsung Chromebook Pro with beefier specs? Jumping from an m3 to an m7 roughly $800 range.
Santiago Pazos Cambeiro (4 months ago)
My bf has a Samsung and he loves it. Although the moment he saw the Pixel he felt in love with it. However the price difference is huge so if you have the cash go for Pixel, if not get the Samsung. The latter is really great
Richard Servello (4 months ago)
Keith Perry Anything google makes will work better than a samsung device....any day!!!

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