Google announced gadgets and gizmos today at its annual Made by Google event, and as cool as Pixel 4 is Pixelbook Go perhaps as my favorite gadget as we saw today. It is a seriously impressive hardware.
At first blush, it might look like just another Chromebook, but it's not at all. It honestly seems like the return to Google's original Chromebook concept, but with a more modern twist. Everything the company has learned from its previous Chromebooks (and Chrome OS in general) is fully realized in Pixelbook Go.
It can be easy to think of Go as a sequel to the original Pixelbook, it's really more of a lateral movement. Since it is not a convertible (it does not go in tablet mode), it is just what it is ̵1; a laptop for the user who wants a laptop . It still has a touch screen, which is really a must on all modern laptops, but especially one that also runs Android apps.
Speaking of the screen, Google has chosen a more traditional 16: 9 panel for Go's # 13.3 inch screen, a deviation from the 3: 2 format found in Pixelbook and Pixel Slate. It will probably be a hit-and-miss choice from some people, but I personally think it makes a lot of sense for something that should be a laptop and not a tablet. That said, most models run 1920 × 1080, which is a bit low compared to most modern machines. However, in my practical time with Go, I couldn't see the difference compared to Pixelbook. If you want to make sure you get as many pixels as you can, there is a version with a 4K Molecular Display available.
Moving below the screen is a user favorite from Pixelbook: the keyboard. Go's keyboard is pretty much the same as Pixelbook, but now it's even quieter. The trackpad is also very similar, but it is slightly larger and has rounded edges instead of the square profile found on the Pixelbook. The Go is very much about refinement.
Before we get to Go's innards, but I want to talk about the bottom of the unit quickly: it's a bit strange. It's a textured / ridged bottom that definitely makes it easier to hold and carry, which is the whole point. Google told us that the only way most laptops are broken is to be released, so this is here to prevent it. And if you don't like what it looks like, you will never see it when you use your laptop anyway.
On the inside, Pixelbook Go is still quite interesting, as many of its components reflect what's in Google's Chrome OS tablet (Pixel Ste). All models have 8th-generation Intel Core processors, along with at least 8GB of RAM (even in the base model) and at least 64GB of storage. The sweet spot seems to be the Core i5 model with 16GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but I can also see how it would be too much for many users.
If you are looking for meat and potatoes for Pixelbook Go, here it is: this is a killer Chromebook. I have been using Pixelbook as my main laptop for over a year and I have had no reason to want to switch to anything else … until now. Go is nicer, lighter, faster, and dare I say it, sexier. I can't wait to get one.
You can hold on to the Core m3 model with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for just $ 649, but a few hundred more with the boost processor for an i5 and storage for 128GB ($ 849). If you are a RAM junk, then click on another $ 100 for an i5 / 128 model with 16 GB RAM ($ 999), or go full-ham and take the i7 model with 16 GB RAM, 256 GB storage and a 4K display for a cool $ 1,399.
Pre-orders start today for the two basic models in Just Black, with the other two buildings and no pink color coming later.