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Предварительный вердикт: Нам ещё предстоит проверить производительность Pixelbook, но дизайн не имеет аналогов, в целом эта машина склонна привлекать поклонников визуально привлекательных машин на базе Android и Chrome OS. Но всегда остается цена…

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На рынке уже есть изобилие гибридных ноутбуков 2 в 1, но Google Pixelbook стремится выделиться из остальных.

Как?

Объединив знания из Google Chromebook Pixel (машина на Chrome OS) и планшет Google Pixel C (который среди первых получил Android Oreo). И мы говорим не только о привлекательном дизайне и впечатляющих характеристиках, тем более, что Pixelbook является лучшим из обоих миров – он работает на Chrome OS, но поддерживает множество Android-приложений.

Я знаю, о чем вы думаете и да, Google включает поддержку Android-приложений на некоторых моделях Chromebook. Но Pixelbook является первым устройством на Chrome OS, выпущенным с более чем объемной памятью, чтобы фактически реализовать мечту Android-пользователей.

Кроме того, чтобы упростить использование Android-приложений с помощью сенсорного экрана, предлагается необязательная интеллектуальная ручка Pixelbook для работы с наиболее сложными Android-приложениями, которые не лучшим образом отзываются на клавиатуру и конфигурацию трекпада. Вы также можете использовать Google Assistant, чтобы управлять устройством с помощью голоса.

И пока Google был одним из первых производителей, выпустивших премиальный планшет и хромбук, Pixelbook выходит в тот момент, когда его конкуренты достигли значительных успехов.

Например, Samsung Chromebook Pro отлично сложен, совместим с приложениями из Android, включает в себя S-Pen. Конечно, он не обладает возможностями Penbook, но вам нужно будет решить, стоит ли того Google Assistant.

Теперь давайте переговорим о цене. Google Pixelbook, как и другие члены семейства Pixel (Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL), не является самым доступным устройством в своей категории.

Приобретение гибридной машины Google будет стоить 999$ (60.000 рублей) за базовую модель на 128 Гб памяти и 8 Гб оперативной памяти с процессором Intel i5, ваш минимум. Ведущая модель оснащена процессором Intel i7, 16 Гб оперативной памяти и 512 Гб встроенной памяти NVMe SSD, но стоить это будет 1699$ (100.000 рублей). Pixelbook выйдет 31-го октября, а предварительные заказы уже открыты.

Мы только что выпустили Pixelbook с краткого обзора на большом аппаратном открытии Google, и в этом обзоре вы сможете познакомиться с нашими первыми впечатлениями. Вы можете рассчитывать на полный обзор Google Pixelbook в ближайшие недели.

Дизайн

Google Pixelbook поразительно тонкий, закрытый он измеряется только 10 мм, при весе порядка 1,1 кг. Не слишком отличная от дизайна Chromebook Pixel, эта модель несет к себе любовь к смелому, угловатому дизайну.

Google оговаривает новое устройство «4 в 1», хотя это машина 2 в 1, как вы знаете. Вы можете использовать Pixelbook в качестве стандартного ноутбука, развернуть клавиатуру почти на 360 градусов для использования в режиме планшета или установить машину в формат палатки, последний отлично подходит для просмотра фильмов.

Ноутбук очень компактный, проще говоря.

Начиная с зоны для рук, он покрыт мягким материалом, который чувствует себя очень комфортным, хотя и сложно сказать, как долго он будет поддерживать свой первозданный цвет – беспокойство, которое мы разделяем с клавиатурой Microsoft Surface Laptop, покрытой тканью.

В противном случае клавиатура и трекпад являются качественными, но без цифровой клавиатуры. В дополнение к обычным подозреваемым, Google добавляет кнопку Google Assistant, которая вызывает помощника.

Вокруг ноутбука вы найдете порт USB-C с каждой стороны и 3,5-мм разъем для наушников слева. Элементы управления питанием и громкостью также расположены по левой стороне.

Заимствованная из линейки смартфонов компании, конструкция Pixelbook представляет собой комбинацию стекла и алюминия. Стекло на внешней стороне ноутбука, безусловно, немного беспокоит, особенно учитывая его высокую цену.

Производительность

Во время нашего практического обзора Google Pixelbook, ноутбуки были заблокированы, поэтому мы не смогли проверить характеристики. Тем не менее, можно быть уверенными, что мы обязательно получим лучшую производительность в отделе хромбуков, независимо от того, нужна она вам или нет.

Pixelbook начинается от 8 Гб оперативной памяти и оборудован процессором Intel i5 7-го поколения. Как уже говорилось ранее, дополнительные 40.000 рублей ведут к значительному обновлению по всем категориям (вы получаете i7, хотя характеристики процессора ещё не указаны), вы также получаете в общей сложности 16 Гб оперативной памяти и 512 Гб встроенной памяти.

Интересно, что это просто очередной хромбук, который совсем не требует таких характеристик, но, если они вам понадобятся, скорее всего, для комбинации приложений Android. Говорят, что библиотека приложений продолжает расширяться, Google также упомянул, что программы Adobe Lightroom и Snapchat скоро будут работать в полной форме, а не просто бета-версии, которую вы найдете на своем телефоне.

Стилус Pixelbook уже готов, но на демонстрации не участвовал, поэтому мы вынуждены полагаться на обещания Google, относительно того, как стилус расширяет опыт Pixelbook. Действительно, стилус выглядит интересным за пределами приложений для рисования. Вы можете использовать всё, что угодно на экране, а при необходимости стилус запустит Google Assistant, чтобы узнать, может ли он предоставить дополнительную информацию.

Казалось бы, обязательный аксессуар для гибридного хромбука, но за 6000 рублей стоит подумать ещё раз.

Предварительный вердикт

Google Pixelbook – это великолепная машина с соответствующей ценой. Его характеристики и интеграция с Google Assistant кажутся многообещающими и предлагают опыт, превосходящий возможности других Chromebook’ов.

Если вам нужен компьютер, а точнее компьютер 2 в 1, стоит проверить флагманскую комплектацию Pixelbook. Пока мы не можем ручаться за производительность и, хотя цена довольно высока, он может стать достойным вариантом для поклонников Android и Chrome OS.

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Google Pixelbook first look: a stunning $1,000 laptop

Chromebooks mostly exist in two camps. The first is the education market, where an entire generation of students have been using cheap, low-end laptops to get their schoolwork done. The second camp is the direct-to-consumer market, where manufacturers like Samsung and Asus have been introducing higher-end models that creep up into the $500 range, but don't have the power or flexibility of a proper Windows or Mac laptop.

Now, for the first time since Google discontinued the Chromebook Pixel last year, it’s back in the top end of the market with the Pixelbook, a laptop that starts at $999 and can be priced all the way up to $1,649. And if you want, you can spend $99 more on the Pixelbook Pen, a stylus designed specifically for this laptop.

The Pixelbook itself is stunning. It's an incredibly well-built, thin, and beautiful laptop that you can convert into a tablet by flipping the screen over. In this top-tier camp, Chromebooks aren't judged solely on their power and looks. Instead, they're judged on a different question: is it really worth spending over a thousand bucks on a Chrome OS device?

When Google released the first two Chromebook Pixels, you almost could detect an apologetic tenor to its answer to that question. Sure, it'd say, then add some sort of caveat about how it was only meant for a small subset of people.

Talking to the executives and engineers who built the Pixelbook, I detected a distinctly different attitude: sorry, not sorry. They're excited about this laptop, and I don't blame them.

Photo by James Bareham / The Verge

Still, the most obvious question is simple: why did Google make a Chromebook that costs this much? According to the director of product management for the Pixelbook, Matt Vokoun, one of the reasons is to keep that generation of students as customers.

Google's Chrome OS accounts for well over 50 percent of the education market. Many of those students are perfectly comfortable with Chrome OS, and are ready to buy a laptop for college. "As they start making their first purchase decision, they aspire for great, premium design. They want more performance specs."

For decades, Apple sustained its Mac business on students who used its computers in school and wanted to keep using them when they graduated. Google wants to follow the same playbook.

There's also just straight economics: "Devices above $999 are 20 percent of the market," Vokoun says. "It's actually the fastest-growing part of the laptop market right now." Google wants a piece of it.

And there hasn't been a more interesting time for laptop design than the past year or two — especially laptops made by the biggest companies. Apple revamped its entire lineup; Microsoft finally created the laptop Windows customers were asking for; and now Google is introducing its own laptop, one that isn't just a little experiment, but something meant to compete.

The Pixelbook can definitely compete, at least on the specs and the hardware design. It's just over 10mm thick and weighs just under two and a half pounds. Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh tells me that 10mm and one kilogram were always the targets, and Google basically hit them.

It's made of aluminum, but with some striking, symmetrical design flourishes. The most obvious is that the glass shade is on the back of the screen where the Wi-Fi antenna sits. It mirrors the glass shade on the Pixel phones, but it also mirrors the Pixelbook's other major design element: the "advanced silicone" pads on the keyboard deck that surround a glass trackpad.

Those pads serve multiple purposes: they're more comfortable to rest your palms on than aluminum, they add a small gap to protect the screen from getting schmuckle from the keyboard on it, and they serve as anti-skid feet when you have the Pixelbook flipped around in "cinema" mode, or in tablet mode.

To me, though, the most impressive part of the design is that it's fanless. The Pixelbook isn't the first computer with a true, full-powered Intel i5 Kaby Lake processor to go fanless, but it also doesn't need fans on the more powerful i7 configuration.

The 12.3-inch touchscreen has fairly large bezels around it. Trond Wuellner, group product manager for Pixelbook, claims that was a conscious choice. It makes it easier to hold in tablet mode and it also helps keep the laptop itself thin. It seems sharp and bright to me, but I'll wait for a full review to fully opine on it.

They keyboard is very comfortable to type on, although it only has 0.8mm of key travel (little more than the MacBook). The keys are less clacky than a MacBook keyboard, and less mushy than a Surface Pro keyboard. The keyboard is also backlit — a depressing rarity on Chromebooks — and it’s slightly recessed into the body, which adds a break when the laptop’s closed. Maybe it'll collect lint like Microsoft's Surface Book.

The Pixelbook has two USB-C ports and supports fast charging from its 45W charger. Google claims it'll pick up two hours’ worth of charge in 15 minutes, and that it can last 10 hours on a single full charge.

The Pixelbook Pen is interesting. First off, it doesn't require Bluetooth pairing; it acts as a traditional Wacom stylus with support for both pressure and angle. It uses an AAAA battery for power, which should be good for about a year. And as more than one Google engineer pointed out with a wry smirk, it doesn't require you to awkwardly plug it into the side of the device to charge.

Google is claiming very low latency on the pen, too, on the order of 10ms. The director of product management for Chrome, Kan Liu, says that the API for the pen (which works on both Android and web apps) bypasses a lot of the layers of the OS. So, an app that uses the API can read the pen's input more directly. Chrome OS also uses machine learning to try to predict where the pen is going to reduce the perception of lag; a similar algorithm runs on the trackpad to help with palm rejection.

Like nearly everything Google makes these days, the Pixelbook was built to support the Google Assistant. It has its own key down on the lower left of the keyboard. When you tap it, the Assistant pops up and you can type questions to it. It also responds to spoken "OK Google" requests. If you speak to it, it'll speak back. If you type, it replies silently.

The Assistant has new tricks on the Chromebook, too. If you opt-in, it will quickly read your screen when you hit the Assistant button and give you a suggested result based on what's on your screen, just like you can do on Android phones. Crossword puzzle cheaters, rejoice.

You can also use the Pixelbook Pen with the Assistant. The pen has a button on it that, when pressed, enables the Assistant mode. You can circle anything on your screen, and the Assistant will open up and do some kind of search based on what you circled. It can do the usual Assistant-style demos like recognizing an actor or a movie, but it can also do lookup and automatically offer to add stuff to your calendar.

It’s nice that the Assistant is on the Pixelbook, but the Pixelbook (and the Pixel phone) hurtle toward an inevitable conflict between the Assistant and traditional Google search. The Pixelbook still has that traditional Search / Launcher button where the Caps Lock key would be on other computers; it brings up a brand-new launcher with a more traditional Google search box in it. They have overlapping functionality, so it's worth watching to see if that causes any confusion.

Oh, there's also a button to bring up the system menu in the upper right of the keyboard, shaped like three hot dogs. Or like a hamburger. It's food-related, in any case.

Unfortunately, there's no fingerprint scanner, but Chromebooks do allow you to set an Android phone as a key to unlock your laptop, if you trust that sort of thing. If you have a Pixel phone, the Pixelbook can turn on tethering directly, just like Apple laptops can do with iPhones.

If you haven't heard, Chromebooks have had beta support for natively running Android apps for some time — and it hasn't exactly been an enjoyable beta period. That beta is over, at least on the Pixelbook. Android apps are now supposed to be able to run side by side with regular Chrome web apps with fewer compromises.

Android apps can be dynamically resized like any regular window, though when you flip to tablet mode they're full-screen only. Android apps are part of the reason the Pixelbook has so much more storage and RAM than your standard Chromebook; it solves some of the issues Android apps have had on Chrome OS with brute computing force. But there is a less conspiratorial reason, according to Liu. "Things like Netflix, you'll be able to sync that stuff offline. Especially games, media content… it really starts to add up quickly."

However, Android app support for large-screened devices is still lackluster, to put it gently. Both Adobe and Microsoft have been good citizens in this regard, updating their Android apps regularly to support more powerful features. Color me skeptical until I've had a chance to really try it all out, though.

The people who made the Pixelbook are not shy about name-dropping, it turns out. When pressed on the question of whether people really believe that a Chromebook can truly serve all your computing needs, Vokoun says: "Reed Hastings [the CEO of Netflix] is one of the the biggest Chromebook proponents. He has entire call centers at Netflix using Chromebooks and he, himself, is a [Chromebook] Pixel owner."

There is still a gap, though — edge cases where I’ve only been able to get something done with Windows or a Mac. The iPad Pro faces the same issues. Google's hope is that Android apps will someday be able to fill that gap, but the early results haven’t been great.

The truth is that the people I've spoken to at Google are less likely to be apologetic about that gap than they were before. They built a really great machine in the Pixelbook, and they know it.

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Google Pixelbook release date, price, news and features

As expected Google dropped in a brand-new laptop during its Google Pixel 2 event on October 4 in San Francisco. It’s called the Google Pixelbook, and as the rumors had it, it's not cheap.

But, why is this new device so exciting? Isn’t it just another Chromebook?

The fact is, this is Google's first self-made Chrome OS device since it discontinued the Chromebook Pixel last summer. It's also the first Chromebook to offer full Google Play Store support for all mobile apps, and it works beautifully with an optional stylus accessory.

So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the Google Pixelbook – and be sure to check out our hands-on Google Pixelbook review.

Cut to the chase

  • What is Google Pixelbook? Google’s flagship Chromebook
  • When is Google Pixelbook out?  October 31, 2017
  • What will Google Pixelbook cost? $999 – $1,649 or £1,199 – £1,699 (no Australia price yet)

Google Pixelbook price and release date

While pre-orders for the Pixelbook opened today, units won't begin shipping until November 15. If you we're expecting those traditionally affordable Chromebook prices for the Pixelbook, prepare to be disappointed in this aspect also.

The Pixelbook starts at a whopping $999, or £1,199, making it as expensive as an Apple MacBook or Microsoft Surface Laptop. Google is calling its latest Chrome OS product a high-performance Chromebook, and the specs back it up. At this price point you're getting a 7th generation Intel Core i5-powered model complete with 128GB of SSD storage.

At its highest configuration, the Pixelbook rings up for $1,649, or £1,699, for an Intel Core i7 model with 512GB of SSD storage.

Oh, and if you want the Pixelbook Pen, the stylus costs extra at $99, or £99.

Google Pixelbook design

With a name like Pixelbook – and the many leaked images we saw – we expected Google's flagship Chromebook would take design cues from its flagship phones.

Sure enough, the Pixelbook has the same two-tone, glass-on-aluminum look of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Aesthetics aside, this is among the thinnest Chromebooks on the market measuring in at 10.3mm and weighing just 1.1 kilograms. 

Google also claims to have surpassed the traditional convertible laptop design with a 4-in-1 product. But, let's be real, it orients in all the same tablet, stand, tent and laptop modes of any hybrid laptop.

 Google Pixelbook screen

Like the Chromebook Pixels before it, the Pixelbook features a 3:2 aspect ratio display, though, the screen is a little bit smaller at only 12.3-inches. The good news is that screen can now rotate a full 360-degrees, so you can use the Pixelbook as either a laptop or a tablet. 

Google Pixelbook specs

The latest Google Pixelbook houses more storage than any Chromebook from the company before, much less any Chrome OS device ever – period.

Specifically, the Pixelbook will come in three varieties: with either 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of flash storage inside. That base model of the Pixelbook offers twice as much flash storage as the previous Chromebook Pixel.

The Pixelbook also comes with equally beefy Kaby Lake Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. These aren't quad-core CPUs you'll find the Intel's latest 8th-generation Kaby Lake Refresh line, but they should offer more than enough power to drive your Android apps.

Google Pixelbook features

Speaking of apps, the Google Pixelbook is the first Chromebook with full access to all the Android apps in the Google Play Store. That's right, you can finally use any Android app on the Pixelbook.

What's more, Google Assistant comes baked into the Pixelbook, making typing things into your browser window almost seem antiquated. Users can summon the search company's virtual assistant simply by saying "OK Google," Alternatively, the keyboard also has a dedicated Google Assistant key on the bottom row.

Lastly, the optional Pixelbook Pen aims to bring the device on par with other 2-in-1 tablets like the Surface Pro and iPad Pro. The stylus supports 60-degrees of angular awareness, 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity and only 10 milliseconds of latency. 

If the Pixelbook Pen is as good as it sounds, it might even 1up the Samsung Chromebook Pro.

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Google официально представила смартфоны Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL и ноутбук Pixelbook

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4 октября компания Google официально представила флагманские Android-смартфоны Pixel 2 и Pixel 2 XL, которые продолжают линейку Pixel, пришедшую на смену линейке Nexus в прошлом году. Также компания презентовала мощный ноутбук Pixelbook. Прямая трансляция с мероприятия Google велась на YouTube.

Pixel 2 и Pixel 2 XL

Отметим, что большинство характеристик новых смартфонов, а также сведения об их цене и датах выхода на рынок были раскрыты за пару дней до презентации. Как и ожидалось, Pixel 2 получил пятидюймовый дисплей с разрешением 1080*1920 пикселей и соотношением сторон 16:9, в то время как Pixel 2 XL оснащен шестидюймовым дисплеем с разрешением 1440*2560 пикселей, небольшими рамками и соотношением сторон 18:9.

Оба смартфона оснащены датчиком отпечатков пальцев, работают на базе процессора Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 и имеют по 4 ГБ оперативной памяти. Объем основной памяти Pixel 2 и Pixel 2 XL составляет 64 или 128 ГБ.

It's here! Meet the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Highest rated smartphone camera. Again. pic.twitter.com/8w9s8Z1VGd

— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) 4 октября 2017 г.

Оба смартфона оснащены одинаковой 12-мегапиксельной основной камерой, которую в Google назвали лучшей в мире. Согласно приведенным данным, она набрала 98 баллов в тесте DxOMark, отодвинув на второе и третье места камеры iPhone 8 Plus и iPhone 8 Plus, лидерство которых в этом рейтинге вышло недолгим. Фронтальная камера Pixel 2 и Pixel 2 XL имеет разрешение 8 Мп. Также камеры обоих устройств получили как оптическую, так и цифровую стабилизацию изображения и предустановленное приложение Google Lens, которое способно распознавать объекты, попадающие в объектив камеры в реальном времени или на снятых ранее фотографиях.

Как и последние модели iPhone, а также некоторые флагманы других компаний, Pixel 2 и Pixel 2 XL лишены 3,5-миллиметрового разъема для наушников и защищены от пыли и влаги. Для прослушивания музыки владельцы новых Pixel смогут использовать наушники с USB Type-C или беспроводные модели, включая фирменные Pixel Buds, которые были представлены вскоре после смартфонов. Кроме прослушивания музыки, наушники также позволяют пользоваться помощником Assistant и поддерживают двусторонний перевод речи в реальном времени.

Great sound, big help and real-time translation. Meet Google Pixel Buds. Coming soon. pic.twitter.com/psVUJDQSz7

— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) 4 октября 2017 г.

Работают оба аппарата под управлением новой OC Android 8.0 Oreo, а их батареи поддерживают технологию быстрой зарядки. Наконец, особенностью обоих устройств является функция активации голосового помощника Google Assistant при помощи легкого сжатия корпуса (похожая функция доступна владельцам смартфона HTC U11).

Стоимость смартфона Pixel 2 с памятью 64 или 128 ГБ составит 649 и 749 долларов соответственно, а аналогичные версии Pixel 2 XL обойдутся покупателям в 849 и 949 долларов. При этом Pixel 2 появится в продаже 17 октября и будет доступен в синей, черной и белой расцветках, а Pixel 2 XL выйдет на рынок в ноябре в черной и черно-белой версиях. Купить новые флагманы Google можно будет в США, Канаде, Великобритании, Германии, Индии и Австралии. О сроках возможного появления смартфонов в России не сообщается — не исключено, что они не будут поставляться в страну официально, как и первое поколение Pixel.

Pixelbook

Что же касается представленного в рамках мероприятия Google ноутбука Pixelbook, то он получил алюминиевый корпус толщиной 10,3 мм, 12,3-дюймовый сенсорный экран с защитным стеклом Gorilla Glass и подсветку клавиатуры. Конструкция петель ноутбука позволяет использовать его как планшет, а для запуска голосового помощника Google Assistant предусмотрена специальная кнопка.

Pixelbook оснащается процессорами Intel Core i5 или i7 последнего поколения, до 16 ГБ оперативной памяти и до 512 ГБ SSD. Время автономной работы устройства составляет до 10 часов. Работает Pixelbook под управлением Chrome OS. Также компания представила фирменный стилус Pixelbook Pen.

Стоимость Pixelbook составит от 999 до 1649 долларов, а стилус обойдется покупателям в 99 долларов. Старт продаж лэптопа в США, Канаде и Великобритании намечен на 31 октября.

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Google Pixelbook hands-on: Who wants this?

At $999, the Pixelbook made prove a difficult sell, but it's one of the nicest pieces of hardware Google has ever made.

Does anyone want a $1000 Chromebook? We asked the question in 2013, and then again two years later, in 2015. Both of those laptops were exactly that — bulky, heavy notebooks that, while powerful, felt like overkill for the capabilities of Chrome OS.

Today, we have the spiritual successor to those laptops, the Pixelbook, a $999 convertible that promises to do a lot more than just make Chrome beautiful.

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On the Surface

I got to spend a bit of time with the Pixelbook at Google's October 4 event in Toronto, and came away immediately enamored with the hardware. Built with a unified body of aluminum, the Pixelbook is solid and carefully designed to feel like something modern. It looks a bit like the Surface Book, but without the crazy jewelers hinge — and, being a convertible, the screen doesn't disconnect.

This is a cross between a Chromebook Pixel and a Surface Book, and I couldn't be happier about it.

Instead, the Pixelbook has a hinge that flips the 12.3-inch display all the way round, into either a tablet mode with the keyboard on the other side, a tent mode for airplanes and tight spaces, a movie mode with the keyboard hidden, or a traditional laptop. The modality isn't new — we've seen this from countless Windows partners, from Dell to HP, but Google makes it seem fairly natural on Chrome.

Furthering the Surface comparisons, there's also a $99 Pixelbook Pen which, when combined with the Wacom-optimized touchscreen, allows users to write, draw, and navigate the OS. As Jerry pointed out in his excellent editorial, Chrome OS has come a long way to making Chrome touch- and pen-friendly, but we're going to have to wait for developers to design apps to explicitly take advantage of the enviable 10ms latency in the pressure-sensitive pen.

At launch, only a handful of apps will be optimized for the Pixelbook Pen (Evernote and Google Keep among them), but more should be around the corner. Unfortunately, there's no way to charge this thing — it uses a replaceable AAAA battery, and like many other powered pens out there, there's nowhere to put the damn thing once you're finished with it. At least Microsoft's $99 Surface Pen has magnets.

Intro to input

A laptop is always as good as its input mechanisms, and while it's possible to go pen-only, you'll likely be typing and navigating using the built-in trackpad and keyboard. While some Chromebooks have been bogged down by problematic trackpads, Google's own Chromebooks have never been among them — fast, smooth and accurate mouse navigation was present in the 2013 Chromebook Pixel, and it's back in 2017 with the Pixelbook.

The keyboard is slightly different, though, if you're upgrading from a previous-gen Pixel. Shallower than before, with less travel and notably less noise, the Pixelbook's keyboard may take some getting used to, but it should do the job.

An assistant

On that keyboard you'll find a dedicated Google Assistant button, one that can be used to bring up Google's take on the omnipresent contextual helper at any screen.

Google Assistant could be a game changer for the way people use Chromebooks.

As on its phones and tablets, Assistant on the Pixelbook works both as a search tool and a screen reader, providing additional details on what you're reading, watching, and listening to.

Assistant can also be called using the "OK Google" command at any time — just be prepared for all your other devices to light up at the same time — or with the Pixelbook Pen, which lets you circle anything on the screen to ask Assistant for a bit more information.

Software

It's hard to really evaluate the software on a particular Chromebook, since it's basically the exact same experience as on any other, from the $158 Acer CB3 all the way to the most expensive Pixelbook. Of course, this one supports Android apps out of the box, which is nice, and combines that functionality with Assistant and the mature, capable Chrome browser to deliver as robust a Chrome OS an experience as you'll find today.

But it's still Chrome. Most productivity apps come in the form of browser extensions or, at best, finely-tuned Android apps that have been tailored for the larger display. I'm not writing off the idea of using the Adobe Creative Cloud suite on a Chromebook, but it's a certainty that the experience isn't going to be as robust as that of a Windows or Mac, whose native versions have been in development for years.

Hardware for days ... or years

The Pixelbook comes with a battery that should last 10 hours, and two USB-C ports that let you recharge up to two hours of use in 15 minutes. That's pretty great, but Chromebooks have never wanted for longevity.

At the same time, this is definitely the most power bestowed upon a Chromebook to date: the cheapest $999 model ships with a seventh-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage — more than enough for the average Chromebook user, who has been trained to rely on cloud services to mitigate traditionally low storage counts.

An extra $200 brings the storage up to 256GB of storage, for a $1199 price, while the most expensive model, a $1649 version with 512GB of NVMe SSD and 16GB of RAM, will be available later in the year.

Dual speakers, four microphones, a headphone jack, two USB-C ports (both of which accept charging) and a 720p camera round out the specs, which should bode well for those who want to make the most out of the Pixelbook as an entertainment device.

Should you buy it?

A $999 Chromebook is a less divisive proposition today than it was a few years ago, but it's still interesting that Google's only branded laptop sits near the high end of the category. Like its phones, Google is trying to showcase the best of its software with this hardware, and in my short time with the laptop, it seems like that's exactly the case.

It's a beautiful piece of aluminum, with the exacting standards that the Chromebook Pixel line came to stand for. I doubt Google intends to sell millions of these, but I hope it gets more people on the Chrome OS train, because in it Google has one of the most versatile, power-efficient, secure, and enjoyable operating systems out there.

Now it has the hardware to match.

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Google Pixelbook review | TechRadar

Welcome to the Chromebook reimagined. The Google Pixelbook is, by far, the best Chromebook made to date. However, you’re going to pay dearly for a Chromebook holding that title.

Thankfully, judging by our time with the device, the steep price of entry is well worth it for the first Chromebook with 100% complete Android app support, Google’s new Chrome launcher and a wholly impressive new stylus experience. Oh, and the keyboard is stellar, too.

This is the Chromebook set to inspire the next batch of laptops using Chrome OS in the same way the Surface Pro line has informed the path of Windows 10 devices. And, much like the Surface Pro, it’s well worth it to hop on the next wave of Chromebooks at its first swell. 

Spec Sheet

Here is the Google Pixelbook configuration sent to TechRadar for review:

CPU: 1.2GHz Intel Core i5-7Y57 (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 3.3GHz)Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 (1,866MHz)Screen: 12.3-inch QHD (2,400 x 1,600, 235 ppi) LCD touchscreen (400 nits, 72% NTSC color, 3:2 aspect ratio)Storage: 256GB SSD (eMMC)Ports: 2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), headphone/mic jackConnectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2 x 2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.2Cameras: 720p webcam (60fps)Weight: 2.4 pounds (1.1kg)Size: 11.4 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches (290.4 x 220.8 x 10.3mm; W x D x H)

Price and availability

Let’s make no bones about it: the Google Pixelbook is a really pricey Chromebook. Starting at $999 (£999, about AU$1,295) and capping out at $1,649 (£1,699, about AU$2,138) – without even counting the $99 (£99, about AU$128) Pixelbook Pen – this is a premium Chromebook with a premium price to match.

(At the time of writing, the Google Pixelbook is not yet available in Australia.)

For that money, you’re getting 7th generation Kaby Lake Intel Core i5 processors on both the entry-level 128GB option and $1,199 (£1,199, about AU$1,555) mid-range 256GB option, each paired with 8GB of memory. However, the top-end 512GB option comes packing a Core i7 processor with 16GB of memory. All of these processor options are Intel’s low-power, low-heat Y series chips, which means all of the Pixelbook models are fanless.

Now, let’s talk about how this stacks up against this year’s Samsung Chromebook Pro and Asus Chromebook Flip, both of which were designed in close conjunction with Google to jumpstart the firm’s Android app push on Chrome OS. Both of these laptops are considerably less expensive, with Samsung and Asus’s currently selling for $499 (about £375, AU$647) and $459 (£675, AU$899), respectively.

However, they’re both considerably less powerful, housing the same 6th generation Intel Core m3 processor that’s similarly designed for low power, and thus low heat, use in fanless chassis designs. That said, they’re both gorgeous Chromebooks in their own right, albeit offering far less local storage and memory.

In the end, these two Chromebooks are a better deal for what the Chromebook platform is today, but that’s not really what the Pixelbook is about. The Google Pixelbook is to Chromebooks of the future what Microsoft’s Surface line was to 2-in-1 Windows 10 devices that followed it.

Design

The Pixelbook is clearly the beautiful result of years of work on Google’s part in refining a unified design across its hardware offerings. But, also, the Pixelbook could be seen as a coming-of-age for Google’s own Chromebook design.

This is, indisputably, Google’s most attractive and well-conceived computing device yet. From the brushed aluminum frame with flush edges to the rubberized palm rest and underside, every design element has achieved style and substance in equal measure.

Of course, just two Thunderbolt 3 ports is going to take some adjustment for anyone that hasn’t bought a laptop in a few years. But, at least it’s more than ready for the future. Speaking of which, the webcam is equally prepared for an increasingly video-centric future with a 720p resolution and 60 frames-per-second capture rate.

Sadly, the same can’t be said of the audio performance. As has become the growing trend in the thinnest and lightest laptops, Google crammed the speakers beneath the keyboard, and the result is awfully tinny sound. Luckily, there’s a 3.5mm audio jack here that allows you to hook up the Pixelbook to external speakers or a pair of earphones.

On the upside, the glass trackpad is a delight to use, tracking super smoothly and accurately both with single- and-multi-touch gestures. However, we found that the trackpad doesn’t like us resting our thumb on the trackpad to click while tracking with our index finger – a common use case, but not this editor’s personal preference.

Likewise, the Pixelbook keyboard is among the best we’ve ever tested. The backlit keyboard’s keys are well-spaced, and the 0.8mm travel is a delight with forceful feedback. We also appreciate the subtle, deeply satisfying clicking sound the keys make – it’s distinct from every laptop keyboard we’ve tested, and now we’re going to expect it everywhere.

The ‘Pixel’ in Google’s eponymous laptop earns its name when it comes to the 3:2 Pixelbook display. At 235 pixels-per-inch (ppi) and accurate color reproduction, this display rivals some of the best around, Chromebook or not, like the 267-ppi Surface Pro and 227-ppi MacBook Pro (13-inch).

The panel works well for movies and photos, not to mention photo editing. The 400 nits of brightness help hugely with this, but it’s still a glossy screen and as such doesn’t stand up to direct sunlight all that well. At any rate, the display is also sharply accurate to the touch, especially when underneath the Pixelbook Pen.

Pixelbook Pen and Google Assistant

First off, we’ll just say that it’s a damn shame that the Pixelbook Pen isn’t included in the price of the laptop, as it’s arguably crucial to the experience. However, we’re not about the say that the stylus isn’t worth the price of admission, because it 100% is worth it – if you can spare it.

The Pixelbook Pen works excellently as a stylus, offering plenty of pressure response as well as tilt support, making drawing on the display a pleasure. The display’s snappy response helps the digital ink follow close enough behind the pen that any delay is imperceivable.

On the Pixelbook Pen sits a single button which is essentially a Google Assistant button, but also seems to incorporate some of the new Google Lens technology found in smartphones, like the Google Pixel 2. Pressing the button while inking turns that ink into a thick blue, but doesn’t actually draw anything.

Instead, anything captured inside this blue ink is sent to Google Assistant for analysis, which in turn presents anything and everything Google’s servers can muster about whatever you encircled. Circle a picture of a hippopotamus, and Google Assistant will hit you with a Wikipedia page on the animal. In fact, Google’s knowledge graph runs so deep that we circled a picture of Office Space’s Ron Livingston, and Google Assistant spat back his character’s name – Peter Gibbons – before telling us more about the actor.

This will be an incredibly powerful tool for students, particularly, but users in general will benefit. 

Another plus regarding the Pixelbook Pen is that it’s opened up Google Keep to support pen input, even from the lock screen, making note-taking that much easier. There are even apps that can transcribe the Pixelbook Pen’s scrawlings into traditional text.

However, one huge flaw in the Pixelbook Pen is that it doesn’t attach to the laptop in any way, not even via magnets, like the Surface Pro. This oversight makes it that much easier to lose this stylus that cost you so much money. Plus, it runs on AAAA batteries, whereas a rechargeable solution would’ve been much more worthy of the price tag.

As for Google Assistant, the service can be accessed either through a dedicated keyboard button or via your voice, if you don’t invest in the Pixelbook Pen. Though, the latter only works when the laptop is logged into – waking the Pixelbook with a ‘Hey, Google’ command is in the works, we’re told.

In general, Google Assistant is just as helpful as it is on smartphones and renders in the exact same way, with an OS-level chat record as well as a voice response.

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Google Pixelbook is a high-end Chromebook that's just insane

The Google Chromebook just went to the next level.

In a hardware-filled event, Google announced Wednesday a new high-end Chromebook called the Pixelbook (just as was rumored). Similar to the two generations of Chromebook Pixel laptops that Google began shipping in 2013, the Pixelbook defies Chromebook orthodoxy by boasting serious specs... and an even more serious price tag, starting at $999.

You get some nice perks for that price tag, though. For starters, the Pixelbook has a touchscreen, and now that Android apps run on Chromebooks, there's lots to do with it. It also packs an Intel Core i5 or i7 chip as well as up to 16GB of RAM (8GB on the Core i5 models), which is serious power for a Chromebook.

The Pixelbook is 0.39 of an inch thick and weighs just 2.2 pounds. The screen is Quad HD (2,460 x 1,440) and the keyboard is backlit. The battery is rated for 10 hours of use, and it supports fast charging via its USB-C port — 15 minutes of charge gets you two hours of use. 

Google is introducing a feature called Instant Tethering: If there's no Wi-Fi and you have a Google Pixel phone, it'll tether to the phone automatically. No word on whether other Android phones or iPhones will ever be able to use the feature.

Google says the Pixelbook is the first Chromebook with Google Assistant built in. The device can respond to voice commands like requests to play specific YouTube videos or Google searches. You can also interact with the Assistant by typing, and you can get instant access via the new dedicated key on the keyboard (in the same place as the Windows key on PCs).

Then there's the stylus, the PixelBook Pen. The Pixelbook includes a digital pen in the box, letting you draw or write directly on the touchscreen. It also works with Google Assistant, letting you mark things like photos or formulas to get instant information about them. Google says it worked with Wacom to create the Pen, and it boasts just 10 ms of latency, 60 degrees of "angular awareness," and 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity.

To help with drawing, the hinge of the laptop can fold all the way around, a complete 360 degrees, so you can prop up the display like an easel.

The Google Pixelbook's many "modes"

The Pixelbook is far from the first laptop to offer a 360 hinge or a stylus; it's not even the first Chromebook to do so — that would be the Samsung Chromebook Plus.

One first the Pixelbook can boast, however, is being the first laptop to run Snapchat. At least that's what Google promised, saying it was working with Snap to bring Snapchat to the Pixelbook. It didn't say whether the app would also come to other Chromebooks. 

The Pixelbook is also the first Chromebook from Google to include more than 64GB of storage. Storage for the $999 Core i5 base model is 128GB, but for a premium you can get 256GB (Core i5, $1,199) or 512GB (Core i7, $1,649), showing that Google recognizes the use cases (like video editing or artwork) for a high-end device would mean more "local" computing, as opposed to doing everything through the cloud. The Pixelbook Pen is a $99 option.

Given the price, specs, and stylus, it appears Google is positioning the Pixelbook as a competitor to Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro — a premium device aimed at creative professionals who demand a lot from their primary computer. As a piece of hardware, it seems to have the chops, though the question with Chrome OS has always been its ability to run desktop-caliber apps (Android helps a little) and its near-total dependence on good connectivity. If Google has credible answers for those concerns, it could really have something here. Or at least a ludicrous machine for watching YouTube videos.

mashable.com


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