CNET First Look
Up close with Google's ultrathin, lightweight PixelbookCNET's Sean Hollister checks out Google's souped-up Chromebook: the new touchscreen Pixelbook.
$1,000 for a laptop that won't run your Windows or Mac apps. Don't call me crazy until you've seen the new Pixelbook from Google. It's seriously stunning with a frame that's just 10 millimetres thick and portable at 2.2 pounds or just 1 kilogram heavy. The aluminum chassis is beautiful and the silicon palm rests feel nice underneath my hands. [MUSIC] The touchpad and keyboard is staple of the Chromebook Pixel before this one, are excellent, as well. In a brief test, I was able to do some very rapid accurate typing on the keyboard. And I wanna say the touchpad is as good or better than the MacBook Pros I've tested. Again, you're not going to be able to use your Mac or Windows [UNKNOWN], because this runs. Chrome OS, Google's operating system that mostly consists of the Chrome web browser and a selection of Android applications, and if you flip over the 12.3" touch screen you can put it in a tablet configuration. There's even an optional $99.00 stylus that was developed in collaboration with Wacom. That has extremely low valencity. They say it's down to just ten milliseconds on this pressure-sensitive pen. So far everything I've told you about something you could probably find on a Windows machine if you looked hard. But there is some Google exclusive features as well. There's the Google assistant button. A dedicated button on the keyboard To summon the voice assistant so you can ask it things you might ask your phone or Google Home and there are a pair of USB-C ports on either side of the laptop so you can charge with [UNKNOWN] Them. The laptop starts with a core i5 processor, eight gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigs of storage. At the $999 mark, and can be configured up to a Core i7 512 gigabytes of storage and 16 gigs of RAM. This device is on pre-order now, it'll be available in the US, UK, and Canada. And it's expected in stores at the end of October.