Google’s Pixelbook is the revived image of a high-end Chromebook, a top-shelf version of a Google laptop running Chrome OS that’s meant to stand shoulder to shoulder with devices like Apple’s MacBook or Microsoft’s Surface Laptop.
The Pixelbook starts at $999, which isn’t exactly cheap by Chromebook standards, especially when considering that the price doesn’t include the $99 Pixelbook Pen stylus. But if you can work with Chrome OS — something that gets easier and easier with each passing day as Google’s operating system gets more and more capable — it might just be worth the price.
It’s too early to say whether or not the Pixelbook will reach mass-market success. But for now, we’ve compared it against the closest competition across the PC landscape, so that you can see how it stands up.
Pixelbook spec comparison
|Specification||Pixelbook||Surface Laptop||MacBook||Dell XPS 13||Lenovo Yoga 910|
|Software||Chrome OS||Windows 10 S||macOS High Sierra||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|Display||12.3 inches||13.5 inches||12 inches||13.3 inches||13.9 inches|
|Resolution||2400 x 1600||2256 x 1504||2304 x 1440||1920 x 1080||1920x1080|
|Processor (base)||Intel Core i5 (seventh-gen)||Intel Core i5 (seventh-gen)||Intel Core m3 (1.2GHz, dual-core, seventh-gen)||Intel Core i3 (2.40 GHz, dual-core, seventh-gen)||Intel Core i7 (2.70GHz, dual-core, seventh-gen)|
|Processor (max)||Intel Core i7 (seventh-gen)||Intel Core i7 (seventh-gen)||Intel Core i7 (1.4GHz, dual-core, seventh-gen)||Intel Core i7 (1.8GHz, quad-core, eight-gen)||N/A|
|Ports||USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack||USB 3.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, Mini DisplayPort||USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack||USB 3.0 (x2), SD card reader, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C||USB-C (x2), USB 3.0, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB||256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB||256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|Weight||2.4 pounds||2.76 pounds||2.03 pounds||2.70 pounds||3.04 pounds|
|Dimensions (in.)||11.4 x 8.7 x 0.40||12.13 x 8.79 x 0.57||11.04 x 7.74 x 0.52||11.98 x 7.88 x 0.60||12.72 x 8.84 x 0.56|
|Misc.||Optional Pixel Pen accessory available for $99||Upgradable to full Windows 10 for free until December 31st, 2017||No touchscreen||Base model has 1080p, non-touch display; more expensive SKUs offer QHD touchscreens||Base model has 1080p display; more expensive SKUs offer QHD|