The Google Pixel Book is official and it is every bit as cool as you’ve heard. Imagine a Surface Pro, just running Chrome OS, and slightly better looking, and you’re about halfway there.
I am a big fan of Google’s outgoing Chromebook Pixel; I’ve used one for all my mobile computing needs for the past two years and it has yet to let me down once. Sure, it’s pricey, but I’m a sucker for odd things like this.
So, you can imagine my interest when Google launched the Pixel Book, a completely redesigned machine that is designed to pick up where the Chromebook Pixel left off, adding in plenty of new specs and features, as well as a hybrid design.
I know, I know – $999 for a Chromebook is almost an ungodly amount of money. Especially for those in the Windows camp.
And I get that; ChromeOS, despite the massive updates it has received over the years, is still not as powerful or resourceful as macOS or Windows.
But hardcore ChromeOS users know that you can do a lot with Google’s platform when it’s in the right hands. Chuck in some stunning design and tablet functionality and, well, you got yourself a winner (at least, in my book).
But what I REALLY cannot get my head around is why Google is charging so much for the Pixel Book Pen. I mean, look at it – does that look like something that should cost you almost $100?
It also runs on a battery that I didn’t even know existed – an AAAA battery. You can get these on Amazon, of course, but still.
Surely, it would have made more sense to have it charge via USB Type C or something? I mean, you’re not going to be using it ALL the time, anyway?
And, again, why does this piddly little thing cost almost $100? I mean, it’s a battery, which you have to replace, a bit of plastic and some sensors. It makes ZERO sense. Even more so when you factor in just how expensive the Pixel Book is.