Google Pixelbook Go Review | Tom's Guide

We waited and waited for a sequel to the Google Pixelbook, a chic however flawed Chrome OS convertible that inspired us in 2017. Instead, Google's given that 2-in-1 a extra reasonably priced sibling: the Pixelbook Go ($849 as examined, beginning at $649). And whilst its clamshell design doesn't really feel somewhat as proper as the Pixelbook does for the use of touch-based Android apps, there is a lot to love about the Pixelbook Go. 

Not handiest is it surprisingly gentle, nevertheless it also has a well-designed magnesium shell that appears and feels nice. With a brilliant reveal and lengthy battery existence, this is not just one of the vital best Chromebooks in the market, however one of the crucial best laptops as properly.

Google Pixelbook Go value and configurations

We examined the $849 version of the Pixelbook Go, which comes with an Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Our unit is $2 hundred more than the entry-level, $649 Core m3 model, which has the same quantity of memory however simply 64GB of garage. 

There are pricier models; $999 gets you a bump to 16GB of RAM and $1,399 gets you a Core i7 processor, 256GB of garage and a 4K panel. But each neither of those is to be had yet (identical to the Not Pink colorway).

You can these days find deals at the Pixelbook Go in our Chromebook Black Friday deals roundup, the place we're seeing it over $100 off.

The Pixelbook Go arrived on October 17, 2019, however whilst the Pixelbook Go has been out for over a 12 months, Google has saved the pricing the same. Google hasn't introduced a Chromebook since, and we are hoping to get an up to date Pixelbook or Pixelbook Go this yr.

Google Pixelbook Go specs

CPU: Intel Core i5-8200Y
Display: 13.3-inch, 3840 x 2160
Storage: 128GB
Ports: 2x USB-C
Graphics card: Intel UHD 615 GPU
Battery lifestyles: 11:29 (internet surfing, examined) | Up to twelve hours (Google's declare)
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2x2 (MIMO), twin band (2.Four GHz, 5.0 GHz)
Bluetooth: 4.2
Touchpad: 4.6 x 2.6 inches
Warranty/make stronger: 1 year
Size: 12.2 x 8.1 x 0.Five inches
Weight: 2.Three kilos

Google Pixelbook Go design

There's a lot to love in regards to the Google Pixelbook Go's glance, but let's cope with the elephant within the room: It's a nonconvertible in an age when it truly feels like all Chromebooks should be 2-in-1s. The clamshell design may have allowed for a more inexpensive price, but it surely signifies that Android apps really feel rather less herbal, as a result of you'll't fold the display backward to position the machine into tablet mode.

Yes, some Android apps were adapted for a keyboard and touchpad — the preferred racing game Asphalt Nine is one instance — but they don't really really feel proper on this environment. External controller improve, which just got here to macOS, would lend a hand.

The Pixelbook Go's most iconic design contact is its rippled underside, which Google says is meant to make the laptop extra "grippable" (their phrase). After spending some time with this design, I've come to the decision that this surface adds more aesthetic worth than assistive assist. It's that touch, plus the rounded edges and the indented lip for opening the Go with one hand, that assist the laptop stand out in a field of an increasing number of similar-looking MacBooks and MacBook imitators.

The "Just Black" Google Pixelbook Go we examined bears a subtle resemblance to a vintage Apple computer, the 2007 black MacBook, which used to be dearer and rarer within the wild. My favorite little contact of the Pixelbook Go is the delicate grey Google "G" brand, which is much more minimal (and to me, extra fulfilling visually) than the Chrome emblem and branding this is festooned upon maximum Chromebooks.

There's additionally a "Not Pink" version, which bears a two-tone design that includes a coral underside and a best half this is … well, it is complicated. As its name suggests, it is not purple. If I needed to name it anything else, I'd say it's a 90% to ten% mix of cream and purple, respectively.

Most importantly, the Google Pixelbook Go is really skinny and light, at 0.Five inches thick and 2.Three pounds in weight. The HP Chromebook 15 (0.7 inches, 4 pounds) and Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (0.6 inches, 3.1 pounds) are each thicker and heavier. The original Pixelbook (0.Four inches and a couple of.Five kilos) is thinner however heavier — and no less than $350 costlier.

Google Pixelbook Go ports

Google's given the Pixelbook Go a couple of power-drawing and display-expanding USB-C ports, with one on either side of the computer. The left side additionally has a headphone jack. 

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This setup mirrors what you get from the pricier Pixelbook, whilst the HP Chromebook 15 and Asus Chromebook Flip C434 both have two USB-C ports, plus a microSD reader and a USB Type-A port. None of these reversible ports are Thunderbolt 3.

Google Pixelbook Go demonstrate

Thankfully, Google did not reduce corners on the Pixelbook Go's 13.3-inch exhibit, which provides ins and outs (we examined the 1080p version) and bright, colorful image quality.

Watching the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer at the notebook, I saw explosions with warm oranges, laser blasts with robust reds and icebergs so blue that I felt chilly. Scratches in a giant throne also stood out, as did the entire little bells and whistles within the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

The Pixelbook Go's panel, consistent with our colorimeter, produces 108% of the sRGB spectrum, a rating that beats the 85% Chromebook reasonable, in addition to scores from the HP Chromebook 15 (64%) and the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (93%). The OG Pixelbook's display (117%) is even more colourful.

Our light gun picked up a 368-nit most brightness in the Pixelbook Go, which outshines the 265-nit Chromebook moderate, as well as effects from the HP Chromebook 15 (247 nits) and the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (286 nits). Again, the unique Pixelbook's 421-nit panel is the king of this spherical. And while the Pixelbook Go is brilliant sufficient to stay colours strong when seen from 30 to 40 degrees to the left and proper, its display screen is super reflective, picking up a variety of glare. 

The Pixelbook Go's 13.3-inch touch display screen answered promptly to my taps and jabs. Window navigation and web page scrolling also moved easily.

Google Pixelbook Go audio

As I sat there listening to Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" at the Pixelbook Go, I famous that while the pc produces a decent quantity of sound for its measurement, the audio itself isn't nice. Vocals and bass did not kick that a lot, and drums sounded just a little brittle.

Google Pixelbook Go keyboard and touchpad

When I first tested the Pixelbook Go's keyboard, I was extremely pleased with it. That's in large part as a result of my arms had spent the morning typing on a miles shallower keyboard. I used to be the use of a MacBook Pro to cover the Google match the place the Go used to be announced. 

Back at our places of work, I took the Pixelbook Go for a spin on the typing test, where I clicked my approach to a score of Seventy five phrases per minute (as regards to my 80-wpm moderate) with 97.9% accuracy. The extra time I spent with this keyboard all the way through my trying out, the more I noticed that its keys are still reasonably shallow compared to a non-Apple laptop's, however nonetheless tall sufficient for comfortable typing. 

Google refers to these keys as "ultra hush," and whilst I didn't notice that typing used to be any quieter than standard in my customary checking out, my colleague spotted the softer sound after we did a blind check between the Go and the unique Pixelbook. 

Oddly, the usage of the Pixelbook Go's backlit keyboard requires you be told an obscure keyboard shortcut: conserving Alt while you toggle the brightness keys. Turned all the method up, the keys provide an ok amount of brightness.

As I navigated the Chrome OS interface and web pages, I spotted that the Pixelbook's 4.6 x 2.6-inch touchpad offers correct enter reputation. Website-scrolling and window-navigation gestures also moved easily and promptly. 

Google Pixelbook Go performance

The Pixelbook Go we examined packs an Intel Core i5-8200Y CPU and 8GB of RAM, offering sufficient continual for good multitasking and making just right use of Chrome OS's Android app emulation. I break up my display screen between a 1440p YouTube video and a dozen Chrome tabs (together with ones for a Google doc, our workplace Slack and Giphy), and I saw nary a stutter or pause as I jumped between pages. Stability endured as I clicked on Android apps I had open in the background, together with Spotify, Todoist and Super Mario Run.

The Google Pixelbook Go scored a strong 6,516 on the Geekbench 4.3 general-performance benchmark (by means of Android emulation), which beats the 5,506 Chromebook average. We saw higher rankings of 7,823 from the HP Chromebook 15 (de0517wm) and 6,968 from the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (Intel Core m3-8100Y with 4GB of RAM).

And since we nonetheless have the original Pixelbook round, we ran the more moderen model of that test, Geekbench 5, on both systems. They ranked quite similar, with the Pixelbook Go's 1,356 edging out the 1,137 from the unique Pixelbook, which is working at the previous-generation Core i5-7Y57.

In the WebGL Aquarium take a look at, which measures how fast a gadget can render virtual fish, the Pixelbook Go displayed 500 fish at 60 frames in step with 2nd and 5,000 fish at 37 fps. These numbers match what we saw from the HP Chromebook 15 (500 fish at 60 fps) and the Chromebook Flip C434 (5,000 fish at 37 fps). The unique Pixelbook displayed 5,000 fish at a fairly slower price of 28 fps.

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The Pixelbook Go's JetStream 2 ranking of 85.Nine displays that the gadget handles JavaScript content better than the typical Chromebook (68.7), the original Pixelbook (75.5) and the Flip C434 (76.7). The HP Chromebook 15 (98.53) ranked even upper.

When I took the Pixelbook Go out for a spin for some gaming, I saw mixed results. On more practical titles, reminiscent of Super Mario Run (which displays awkwardly, with giant black bars on either part of the screen), the whole thing moved smoothly as I jumped thru blocks and baddies and picked up cash. The racing game Asphalt 9, then again, confirmed slightly visible stutter, but it still ran rapid enough to be performed.

Google Pixelbook Go battery existence

The Google Pixelbook Go improves at the original high-end Pixelbook with regards to endurance. The Go lasted Eleven hours and 29 mins on our battery test (Wi-Fi surfing at A hundred and fifty nits), beating the 9:31 class average, the 9:51 time from the HP Chromebook 15, the 9:Fifty eight from the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 and the lowly 7:43 from the original Pixelbook.

Bottom line

The Pixelbook Go's thin-and-light chassis, elegant design, robust general functionality and lengthy battery life make it probably the most very best Chromebooks, duration. Still, we wish this Pixelbook had a convertible hinge or USB-A ports.

The Chromebook Flip C434 supplies a 2-in-1 design at $599 ($250 not up to the Pixelbook Go we examined), however its shorter battery lifestyles may give you pause. I like to recommend the Google Pixelbook Go, however, because it comes with reference to the original Pixelbook's excellence at extra affordable prices.

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