Google has learned from its past mistakes and this time around, they’ve done their homework when it comes to a winning laptop/tablet. Pixelbook feels like the first real rival to Surface Pro or MacBook. The hybrid computer comes with a stylus that does more than doodle thanks to Google Assistant support #hardwaremagic
Pixelbook comes at 10 millimeters, which makes it a very thin tablet-laptop. The bezels of its 12.3-inch display are still there and the keyboard features wide keys with a pretty large trackpad. By the way, you’ll notice a special key to summon Google Assistant. That said, Pixelbook is meant to be used as a tablet also, so you’ll find it’s very flexible, in a Lenovo Yoga kind of way.
Under the hood, there’s a 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (standard model). You can take advantage of two USB-C ports to charge other devices or attach accessories. Speaking of accessories, Pixelbook comes with a smart stylus. Pixel Pen is the result of a collaboration with Wacom. It’s a pretty sturdy stylus, with support for both pressure or angle. But more importantly, after marking a text or an image, you can connect it to Google Assistant to receive information related to the target.
Unfortunately, there’s no place to pin the stylus, so you’ll have to be careful not to lose it. After all, it does cost $100! Pixelbook’s starting price is $999, by the way, and considering you can run Android apps and take advantage of a 10-hour battery life, that might sting less. That said, Pixelbook can even go for $1,649 if you want 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
Shipping begins on October 31st in the US, UK, and Canada.