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.
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Google Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen: Pros & Cons | Ars Technica
"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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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