Technology Reviews

After the prejudice that thin and light laptops have to be expensive, Google has finally launched the Pixelbook Go that inherits the advantages of previous Chromebooks but at a much more affordable price.

For the first time, Google really made a good Chromebook with a Pixelbook Go. It’s a 13.3-inch compact laptop and even though it’s called the Pixelbook, it’s still just a laptop that doesn’t usually have the ability to rotate the screen.

In terms of appearance, the machine looks quite strange compared to today’s laptops when the small size combined with relatively curved edges. The material is also strange when most laptops today use plastic or aluminum alloy, while Pixelbook Go uses Magnesium. According to Google, using this material will bring a good durability and light weight, so that the price of Pixelbook Go is not too high. Most notably, Google uses a rugged design on the back to allow users to hold the device better.

The machine uses a 1080p screen size of only 13.3-inch with a fairly thick screen border. Pixelbook Go has a Molecular Display option for 4K resolution, which is much more expensive than this 1080p option. The device uses a 16: 9 aspect ratio, so it looks a bit difficult to see and narrow compared to its size, but in return, the Pixelbook Go has a quite high flexibility weighing only 1.04 kg with thickness of about 1 cm.

The keyboard area is located between the two speakers and reminds users of the MacBook. While not comparable to the MacBook keyboard, the experience of typing on Pixelbook’s long and light journey is great. When typing on Pixelbook Go, the sound is also quiet, not too noisy. Pixelbook Go also integrates a virtual call assistant and the speed of interface appearance after pressing is very fast, almost pressing that you can type the search query. But the bad point is that Google creates a light gray font color, making it difficult to use in low light conditions.

In terms of connectivity, the device only has two USB-C ports on both sides and you can charge any port, the other one will be for connecting external devices. Google says that Pixelbook Go has built-in fast charging and can give two hours of use with only 20 minutes of charging.

The Pixelbook Go will have an 8th Generation Intel Core M3 CPU, along with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory for just $ 649. Users can upgrade to an 8th-generation Core i5 or i7 for more expensive and RAM options can be up to 16GB. Unfortunately, it only has 64GB / 128GB / 256GB SSD storage options, there’s no microSD slot to save the cheapest version with only a 64GB option. Machine options include:

  • 649 USD: 8GB RAM, 64GB SSD, FHD, 8th Gen Intel Core m3
  • 849 USD: 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, FHD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5
  • 999 USD: 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD, FHD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5
  • 1,399 USD: 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, UHD, 8th Gen Intel Core i7

Configuration and overall of the machine:

  • 8th Generation Intel Core m3, i5 or i7
  • 8 or 16 GB RAM
  • SSDs from 64, 128 and 256 GB.
  • 3.5mm jack and 2 USB-C ports (without SD card slot)
  • 1.4 kg
  • 13.4 mm
  • HD (1920 x 1080) and 4K (3840 x 2160)
  • 2MP front camera, 1080p video recording
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Chrome OS.