Google Pixelbook Review: More Than Just An Expensive Chromebook


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Who is the Pixelbook for? We've heard that question quite a bit.

Well, as it turns out, the answer seems to be for a lot of people, just not all the ones you might think.

Pixelbook is the answer to the lament from the Chromebook faithful and enthusiasts asking for a high-end machine and a proper follow up to the 2015 Chromebook Pixel.

On the other hand, it's the halo device Chrome OS as a platform needs to bring Android apps fully into the fold - out of Beta status - and push other hardware makers to up their game.

From another angle, it is also the first Chromebook many consumers will actually pay any attention to and interact with. Between its wide availability across many retailers and the sheer marketing budget Google likely has in store for this device, many people who have never heard of or considered a Chromebook will find their first Chromebook and Chrome OS experience in the Google Pixelbook. Sure, it may just be seeing one in a coffee shop after being intrigued by a commercial or touching one in a local Best Buy or B&H, but the experience could be enough to actually cause many of those who've never given Chromebooks a passing thought to actually consider what the platform could offer.

The truth is, the Pixelbook is many things to many people, and if you are watching this review, you may just be one of those people. And if you are one of those people, you need to know that the Pixelbook is - unsurprisingly - quite good at being all these things and more.

So, let's look at all these ways the Pixelbook finds its place and see, after everything, if one of those places is in your shopping cart at the end of the day.

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