A Google Chromebook with a high-end laptop feel.
Chromebooks have traditionally been the domain of web users who prefer the convenience of a built-in qwerty keyboard over using a tablet.
Google’s latest offering comes in two options and attempts to bridge the gap between handheld devices and full-blown laptop.
The evolution of the humble Chromebook is clear to see. Gone are the flimsy screen and low-end hardware, which instead has been replaced with a 7th generation Intel core i5 processor and a Quad HD LCD touchscreen.
The display design is impressive with dual swivel hinges which enable the screen to be folded perfectly flush behind the keyboard. This allows the user to handle the device like a tablet without any awkward edges and bulk.
The cheapest option boasts 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD hard drive which enables fast operation of the Chrome OS and Android applications.
Most laptops struggle with keyboard implementation but the Pixelbook has this covered with solid functional keys well-spaced and backlit where needed.
Although the battery life isn’t quite the 10 hours indicated by Google, I found it more than adequate given the power requirements of the components involved.
Despite all its positives the Pixelbook is still a Chromebook and is bound by such limitations. Priced at a little under £1000 with no accessories is excessive when compared to more versatile products such as a Surface Pro.
Best for …
Chromebook lovers looking to upgrade their outdated equipment and replace it with something more futureproof.
Avoid if …
You require corporate features like an Ethernet port or memory card slot. Wired network connections also required a separate USB adapter not supplied.
Google Pixelbook, £999 (store.google.com)
Source : HeraldScotland