Google Pixelbook 12in Review

Google Pixelbook 12in Review

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Google Pixelbook 12in review: The Google Pixelbook 12in Chromebook is a well-built machine, with plenty of power and speed to get the job done. The Google Pixelbook 12in features an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of solid-state storage, as well as integrated support for Android apps in the future, support for 4K video playback, and more making it more than just your average tablet or laptop.

Google Pixelbook 12in

Chrome as a platform has some built-in limitations, but Google continues to make progress toward closing those gaps. Their newest hardware offering is well-built, powerful, and fast enough to get just about any job done. In an increasingly crowded market for convertibles and 2-in-1 laptops, however, it’s hard to tell if Chrome can compete on more than its merits of security and simplicity. If you’re invested in Google services or are looking for something lighter weight (and less expensive) than a traditional laptop, then definitely consider it. Otherwise, it’s probably worth waiting for more from Windows 10 or iOS/macOS offerings later in 2018.

Google Assistant

While Chrome OS does come with a built-in Google Assistant, it doesn’t offer all of the features that are available on Android. For one thing, you can’t talk to your Chromebook; for another, there are no virtual home assistants. However, you can use keyboard shortcuts to call up the feature. (If you have an Android phone with Google Assistant-enabled, then you can use voice commands). The feature is still new and has some limitations when compared to a mobile device – but it offers an easy way to do basic things like find out tomorrow’s weather forecast or set reminders by saying Hey Google!


Google’s Pixelbook 12in has two front-facing speakers, one on each side of its screen, and they provide outstanding sound. The laptop is definitely not lacking in volume; it can fill a large room with sound easily. It doesn’t get distorted at higher volumes, either. You won’t find much bass or high treble response in its audio, but there is a nice balance between them—music sounds clear and crisp no matter what you’re listening to. The one downside: you can really only hear music from a single speaker at once. If you close your eyes, it sounds like it’s coming from behind you instead of in front of you as a result.


The two speakers face forward, which is becoming increasingly common in laptops. Because of how thin they are, though, they don’t sound as good as some other laptop speakers. On one hand, they do get loud enough to fill a small room without breaking up much at top volume (for laptop speakers). But on the other hand, there’s not much low-end. So you’ll get clear mids and highs but nothing much in terms of bass. It’s better than your average laptop speaker but that’s because most laptops have terrible speakers these days! But compared to dedicated desktops or even some ultrabooks with front-facing speakers, these ones fall flat. You can plug in headphones to avoid that problem.

Keyboard & Touchpad

Keyboard & Touchpad
Keyboard & Touchpad

The touchpad is one of my favorite aspects of using a Chromebook. I had initially written it off as something that was just meant to get you from point A to point B, but what I soon realized was that it was more than a glorified mouse: With gestures, you can quickly swipe through web pages and files without ever touching your keyboard. It’s extremely intuitive and feels like second nature after just a few minutes of use. The keys themselves are comfortable, with plenty of travel and spacing in between them; everything is also fully backlit for late-night typing sessions.

Performance – Chrome Browser

As previously mentioned, Google Chrome is a web browser that runs off of your computer. However, it has its own operating system built into it, which allows you to browse through your files and folders in the same manner as you would on a desktop or laptop. Overall, performance was quite satisfactory given all that is pack into such a small machine. My only complaint lies with how long it takes to load up applications and data when switching between windows/apps.

Performance – Windows 10 Apps

The Google Pixelbook isn’t just a beautiful design Chromebook. It’s one of the best-performing machines in its category. With a 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor and 16GB of RAM, it easily handles everything I need to do as an editor—including having multiple tabs open on several applications at once without slowing down or having to reload a page that stopped loading quickly enough. Battery life is also excellent: If I leave home with 100 percent battery, I can work all day without worrying about plugging in at lunchtime or needing to find an outlet right before my last meeting of the day.

Battery Life

The Google Pixelbook is a well-built machine, with plenty of power and speed to get the job done. One important thing to remember though is that it’s a Chromebook, so you’re not going to get all-day battery life. If you forget to plug it in at night though, you can probably get through most of your workday (if your workday isn’t particularly long). That said, if there’s one thing I’d like to see changed about any laptop or Chromebook for that matter, it would be battery life; I’d rather have longer battery life than more RAM/graphics/etc… Don’t even get me to start on fast charging!


For everyday tasks like checking email, writing documents, and browsing websites, you’ll find that Google’s Chromebooks are well worth their relatively low cost. The Pixelbook is one of our favorites; we think it’s a well-built machine, with plenty of power and speed to get the job done. Plus it looks great! On top of all that, Google just released an update with some nice improvements including better graphics. If you’re in need of a new machine on a budget but don’t want to sacrifice performance or style, consider investing in one of these machines. You won’t disappoint.

Verdict – Is It Worth Buying?

The Google Pixelbook is an absolute beast of a machine. From its impressive design to its brilliant display, it’s clear that Google wanted to make a statement with its first Chromebook. Unfortunately, while you do get plenty of power and speed, Chrome OS still can’t hold a candle to Windows or macOS in terms of software support. If you’re already deeply entrenched in Google’s ecosystem, it could well be worth your money; but for everyone else, I’d suggest looking elsewhere.