Don’t expect a USB-A port or even a microSD card slot to expand the base 64GB storage. A more affordable follow-up — Pixelbook Go review: A cheaper Pixelbook does not come without compromises Keeping costs low means eliminating some features from Google… Bath Still, we’d feel much more confident editing photos on this laptop screen than most other Chromebooks. This is our in-depth review. Short of the highest-end configuration, the Pixelbook Go uses a 1080p touchscreen. The entry-level £629 model of the Pixelbook is a far more tantalising option, hitting the sweet spot for performance and price. This isn’t a flashy device; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Considering that many Chromebooks provide at least one of these solutions at this price point, it’s a sore spot for sure. You wouldn’t know that the Pixelbook Go keyboard is backlit without reading this review. That doesn’t speak for every user out there, but we do have a varied and intense workload spanning several browser tabs and Android apps at any given time. Sign up to get breaking news, reviews, opinion, analysis and more, plus the hottest tech deals! Two USB-C ports sit on either side of the Pixelbook Go, and while both offer support for charging, they’re not Thunderbolt 3 ports. You need a fully open OS The Google Pixelbook Go is a thin and light Chromebook that offers speedy performance for too much money. At the entry-level, there are some similar Chromebooks that beat the Google Pixelbook Go on price, such as the 14-inch Asus Chromebook Flip, which offers a full 2-in-1 experience for $50 less in the US. This, eventually, kind of defeats the point of the product’s positioning altogether. You have to splurge £1329/$1399 to get that 4K version. £629/$649 remains fairly pricey for a Chromebook, while the top option seems rather ridiculous when you’re essentially getting the same capabilities. The Google Pixelbook Go is a gloriously designed laptop, but not in the way that most others are. Give people what they really want in the shape of the keyboard and Chrome OS, but oust what makes the Pixelbook expensive. One huge benefit of Chromebooks is that they normally all come with squeaky-clean installs of Chrome OS, and naturally the Google Pixelbook Go is the cleanest of them all. Mozilla Kraken 1.1: 1,263ms (lower is better) The keys themselves are quiet on tapping, barely making any sound when you’re typing at speed. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. High-quality 1080p camera. BA1 1UA. You still can’t manipulate files and programs in the same way that those operating systems can, which is understandably important to plenty of people. Performance is decent, however – not that I’d expect anything less from a Chromebook with those specs. You will receive a verification email shortly. The Pixelbook Go is available in a number of versions, that range drastically in price from £629/$649 to £1349/$1399. Size: 12.2 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches (311 x 206.3 13.4mm; W x D x H). Screen: 13.3-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080; 166 ppi) LCD touchscreen (16:9; 72% NTSC) That’s quite an impressive feat for a Chromebook – and, ironically, quite a feat for the MacBook Air. After using the overly loud butterfly keys on a MacBook Pro for a few years, they’re certainly welcome. It’s not a deal breaker, but this design is not that intuitive, to say the least, as this combination doesn’t do anything for any other key on the top function row. Sure, they’re a bit small and, as a result, somewhat tinny in the high-end, but these speakers beat the vast majority of laptops of this size, normally found with bottom-firing speakers. The Pixelbook Go not only touts a keyboard with comfortably spaced keys. Now, let’s discuss what you’ll spend your entire time staring at: the display. There are two display variants available for the Pixelbook Go: a 1080p LCD and a 4K molecular LCD. This isn’t a flashy device; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Weight: 2.3 pounds (1,061g) The fact that the Pixelbook Go has a sharper webcam than even the 2019 MacBook Pro models is, well, insane. Chromebooks and ChromeOS aren’t for everyone. For $999 (no UK release seems planned at the minute) you can get yourself the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook that features an absolutely glorious 4K HDR OLED panel with serious amounts of brightness. Its astonishing battery life and amazing keyboard are just two of this Chromebook’s selling points, and it has very few downsides for both average users and dedicated fans of Google and Chrome OS. I was comfortable in the knowledge that, if I’d left without my charger, I was unlikely to run out of juice before the end of the day. The majority of Chromebooks sport a plastic finish, and even those made out of metal are fairly dull. Google’s concept for the Pixelbook Go, then, is fairly straightforward. Max Parker is the Deputy Editor for Trusted Reviews and Recombu. Receive news and offers from our other brands? When it comes to connectivity, the Pixelbook Go is equipped with two USB-C 3.1 ports that can handle both charging and display output, in addition to a 3.5mm headphone jack. Open Instagram, though, and it’ll take over the entire display – or Audible, which simply refuses to load. With that said, the laptop’s mid-range and high-end configurations are easily outmatched by Thunderbolt 3 ports aplenty when looking at their price-equivalent competition. You’re not into Chromebooks ChromeOS offers some nice integration with Android phones. The MacBook Air 2019 missed that mark by … an hour and 14 minutes. Regardless, when it comes to premium Chromebooks, the Pixelbook Go is mostly unmatched in its particular benefits and features it offers, such as super long battery life, a 1080p webcam and one of the best keyboards we’ve ever had the pleasure of using on a laptop. In our regular battery test, which loops a 1080p video, the Pixelbook Go lasted an impressive 11hrs 45mins – making it ideal for watching media on the go. This falls very closely in line with Google’s promised number – 12 hours on a charge – which is rare for almost every laptop on the market. We’re ultimately happy to say that, in 2019, there is very little about Chrome OS that keeps it from parity with Windows 10 and macOS. Thank you for signing up to TechRadar. Still, the Google Pixelbook Go comes with a few features that you won’t find in Apple’s best offerings, such as a 1080p webcam and incredible battery life. TechRadar Battery test: 11 hours and 14 minutes. I’m a heavy Chrome user, and if you’re familiar with Google’s browser then you’ll be well aware that with numerous tabs open, with audio or video streaming in the background, even the snappiest of laptops can start to chug. Seriously, the Pixelbook Go has the most impressive combination of silence and feedback that we’ve ever heard or felt in a laptop to date. It’s even better that the Google Pixelbook Go has an extremely impressive battery life. You can charge the Pixelbook Go via either of its USB-C ports – or, albeit very slowly, with a PD-capable phone charger. That said, we think that the Google Pixelbook Go should have some form of biometric login at this price, like most other laptops do – Chromebook or not. I’m okay with that since it gives an extra hit of sturdiness – but if you’re looking for a machine to also replace a tablet, you might want to look elsewhere. There’s no removable screen, nor does it have a starting price close to the £/$1000 mark.