Google Pixelbook 12 Review and Price in the US and Nigeria

How does the Google Pixelbook 12 Perform?

When looking for the best Chromebook, you can’t find anything other than the Google Pixelbook 12. This is a Google machine with enough horsepower and versatility to perform all your office works without breaking it down. Undoubtedly, the Google Pixelbook is among the best 2-in-1 laptops and Chromebooks you can buy in 2021.

However, the Google Pixelbook 12 Chromebook is not just all about horsepower and functionality but also has the best design we’ve ever seen on a Chromebook device. Alongside a stunning 2,400 x 1,600 display that’s vivid, bright, and colourful, it also fits in a 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processor and support for Pixelbook pen.

But why the Pixelbook packs one of the best charging technology, its battery life is below expectations as most Chromebooks that are sold for lesser price lasts longer. However, what makes the Google Pixelbook 12 unique is the addition of Android app support which paves way for a great experience. All these features tie together to make the Google Pixelbook 12 a must buy Chromebook in 2021.

With similar specs to Apple’s flagship offerings, the less cheap Google Pixelbook is a precise option for those who want a premium experience at a cheap price. However, while the Google Pixelbook Go is a cheaper option, the Google Pixelbook is still preferable for those who want the best experience.

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Google Pixelbook 12 Key Specs

  • Display: 12.3-inch LCD
  • Resolution: 1600 x 2400-pixels
  • Processor: Intel 7th Generation Core i5-7Y57
  • Camera: 720P
  • RAM: 8GB /16GB
  • Storage: 128GB /256GB SSD (eMMC)
  • Battery Capacity: 10-hour
  • OS: Chrome OS

Design

The Google Pixelbook 12 is evidence of Google’s redesigned hardware offerings. This is a new beginning in Google’s new design philosophy. You’ll be right to say this is the best-designed laptop from Google yet. It has some of the design attributes of Apple laptops which makes it more premium. The Google Pixelbook 12 has every design element of a good laptop which ranges from a rubber palm rest to a brushed aluminium frame.

However, if you’re used to having too many ports on a laptop, you might have a hard time getting used to the lack of ports on this Pixelbook. Still, the Google Pixelbook 12 is future guaranteed as it has some design attributes that are yet to become a trend in recent flagship laptops. More to say, at 2.4 pounds, the Google Pixelbook is light and thin and the best option for fans who don’t want to carry a bulk device around.

The 720p webcam is another evidence that Google is set to offer the best specs at such a price. This video-centric webcam can capture photos at 60fps. However, the same thing can’t be said about the audio although poor audio quality has become normal in recent notebooks. Fortunately, with a 3.5mm headphone jack, you can connect one of your best headphones with the Pixelbook.

The glass trackpad on the Google Pixelbook 12 could be the best feature you’ll find on a laptop this year. It’s a pleasure to use as it swipes smoothly not only in single but also multiple gestures. Specifically, the Google Pixelbook is so small that it’s almost the size of some large iPads. However, it’s the best option for travellers who love having their laptops on their backpacks always.

Display

While the 1080p display is said to be the best screen for Chromebooks, the Google Pixelbook 12 2400 × 1600 has proven it wrong. Despite being an LCD screen, the Google Pixelbook 12 QHD panel still produces vivid and colourful content with lots of details. However, our favourite part of the Pixelbook display is its 235ppi resolution which makes the 12.3-inch display look crystal clear even while outdoor.

The Google Pixelbook 12 display produces up to 421 nits of max brightness which is above Samsung Chromebook Pro (376-nit) and the Asus Chromebook Flip (292-nit). While using the Chromebook’s display, you’ll be exposed to Google’s revamped solid touch and navigation experience.

Hardware Performance

Finally, we’ve seen a Chromebook that’s power-packed. The Google Pixelbook 12 has a Core i5-7Y57 CPU and 8GB of RAM with either 128GB or 256GB built-in storage depending on the variant you’re optioning for. These specifications will give you a smooth performance that’s also compatible with Android apps. While switching between apps on the Chromebook, you won’t experience any lags.

The equipped Intel HD 615 GPU in the Google Pixelbook 12 delivered smooth performance reaching 60fps per second. This is above most Chromebooks at the same price including the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA (50fps) and Samsung Chromebook Pro (48fps).

The Chrome OS is one of the few operating systems that can compete with Windows OS and macOS even though they were limited to some apps from the Chrome Web Store. However, bringing Google Play Store and its apps to the platform, this is one of the few software you’ll like to have on your Chromebook.

You won’t be wrong to say the Google Pixelbook 12 is going to take over the Chromebook world. Although you won’t expect anything less from a pricey Chromebook, the Google Pixelbook is still cheaper than most Chromebooks with fewer specs.

Battery Life

When it comes to how long the Google Pixelbook 12 lasts, you’ll be disappointed in getting shorter longevity when compared to older models. Google advertised the Pixelbook 12 can last up to 10 hours on normal use which is poor for heavy users.

Regardless, the Google Pixelbook 12 lasts longer than most Chromebooks including the MacBook Pro and Surface Pro. As for charging, the Pixelbook 12 is equipped with USB-C fast charging support.

Price and Availability

  • Price in the US: $1,000
  • Price in Nigeria: ₦500,000

The Google Pixelbook 12 is an expensive Chromebook starting at $1,000 (₦500,000) which excludes the Pixelbook pen. However, at this price, you’re getting one of the most endowed Chromebooks of all time with 8GB of RAM and entry-level 128GB memory. On the other hand, the higher-end 512GB option comes with a 16GB memory and i7 processor which costs more.

Unfortunately for Google lovers living in Australia, this Chromebook laptop isn’t made for you. This means Australian residents will have to order from online stores or import from other countries. However, in Nigeria, you can buy from Jumia, AliExpress, or other online and offline stores available.

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