Google Pixelbook Go hands-on: The greatest ‘mid-range’ Chromebook, palms down [Video]

At at this time’s large {hardware} occasion, Google unveiled its new Pixelbook Go laptop computer. While it’s not a direct successor to the premium Pixelbook from 2017, it does ship a few of that laptop computer’s greatest options for a way more reasonably priced worth. Here’s our take after spending a while with it.

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Google’s Pixelbook Go is in no way a direct successor to the 2017 “flagship” laptop computer, however relatively a “premium mid-range” gadget. No doubt, that is Google’s try to see what it will probably do out there that Samsung, ASUS, and Acer have been seeing success in for the previous few years. After only a little bit of time with it, I believe Google beat all of them.

The authentic Google Pixelbook was in style for a couple of causes, however one of many largest was its keyboard. The Pixelbook Go capitalizes on that with an excellent stronger keyboard providing that’s a bit quieter and has much more tactile suggestions to the keys.

Even in just some minutes, I might already inform a distinction between the 2 fashions. And sure, the keyboard is backlit, however extra subtly than the unique mannequin. However, I don’t assume it’s fairly so good that you have to “upgrade” from the earlier mannequin.

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Beyond the keyboard, the Pixelbook Go additionally introduces a brand new show. That show ditches the three:2 facet ratio of the unique for a extra conventional 16:9. This is sensible for media consumption, however not a lot for work. Perhaps Google’s goal market gained’t care, but it surely was a gripe for me.

That show can also be very prime quality. Even on the 1080p mannequin we had been in a position to spend a while with, the content material regarded very sharp and the colours had been vibrant. I can solely think about how significantly better the 4K choice appears however, sadly, it wasn’t obtainable on the occasion.

As for efficiency, I used to be informed that the entire items available at Google’s occasion had been Core i5 variations. Performance was, as you’d anticipate, very snappy on that mannequin, however I do marvel how issues will translate to the Core m3 model. My time with that tier of the Pixel Slate earlier this 12 months offers no less than some hope that it will likely be good since these gadgets are operating on the identical platform.

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The construct high quality is the final key a part of the Pixelbook Go to speak about. It’s a little bit of a combined bag, although. While the gadget is made out of steel, there’s a coating on high which makes it really feel a bit extra like plastic. That’s not likely a foul factor, but it surely felt just a little unusual to me. The texture did make typing tremendous snug.

Google’s selection to incorporate a “ribbed” backside on the Pixelbook Go was additionally an odd, however appreciated addition. The plastic layer takes away from the premium really feel just a bit bit, but it surely does really feel good once you’re carrying the gadget round.

At $649, I at present assume the Pixelbook Go is just a bit bit overpriced contemplating the specs inside are a bit older, however general it’s a strong package deal. In the long term, although, I believe I’ll persist with my authentic Pixelbook. Pre-orders are open now.