There are two main types of Chromebooks: the ones targeted at the education market (low-end models) and the premium ones, which are designed for people who already like Chrome OS and want a high end sleek laptop (high-end models, like Pixelbook).
The Pixelbook starts at $999, it’s very well-built, thin, and has a stunning design (it’s made of aluminium). It can also be converted into a tablet by flipping the screen over.
The 12.3-inch touchscreen (2400 x 1600 pixels) it’s sharp and bright (400 nits) and you can type easily on the keyboard (which doesn’t lack backlight). We are pleasantly surprised by the two USB-C ports and by it’s ~10 hours of battery life.
The base model features an Intel Core i5 CPU (7th generation), 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a HD camera and a 41Wh battery. It also integrates Bluetooth 4.2, 4 microphones and 2 speakers.
If you’re willing to spend 1,199 dollars on this high-end Chromebook, you can choose the model that has an increased storage space (256 GB SSD). For $1,649 you can take advantage of 16 GB RAM, 512 GB storage space (NVMe) and a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor.
A great accessory for this chromebook is the Pixelbook Pen. It doesn’t connect through Bluetooth to the computer, instead it works like a stylus. This pen uses a battery which lasts for about approximatively one year, and it can detect pressure and angle.
Yes, even at 999 dollars this laptop it’s a bit pricy, but Google it’s confident that it will sell really well. After all, devices that cost more than $1000 represent 1 fifth of the market. It’s not for everyone, but let’s not forget that it is, after all, a great competitor in terms of specs and design.