Best Chromebook Under $1,000
Chromebooks first muscled their way into the laptop market by being a cheaper alternative to a Windows laptop. Thanks to low-powered processors and little Ram, the component cost was kept down, and in most cases it was more cost effective to buy a Chromebook than a laptop. You’ll find that most manufacturers still produce budget Chromebooks. And then there’s Google.
Bucking the trend considerably, Google has gone premium with the Pixelbook, producing a Chromebook that starts at $999. That’s enough to buy four Dell Chromebook 11s.
The question, then, is what do you get for your money? The first thing you’ll notice is the design. There’s no denying that the Pixelbook looks a lot more appealing than its competitors – with its impressively thin 10mm aluminium frame and rotating 12.3-inch touchscreen, it feels every cent of its price tag.
Powering the Pixelbook is an Intel Core processor – either an i5 or i7, depending on your budget– as well as 8GB or 16GB of Ram. It’s here that the device really stands apart from other Chromebooks, offering up specs you’d usually see in a high end laptop, while its contemporaries tend to offer low-powered processors you’d usually find in mobile devices. This makes for a very powerful and speedy Chromebook.
Google has also added Google Assistant to the Pixelbook, which means that you can navigate the device with voice commands, if you think using a keyboard is slightly old fashioned. It works well, and is the sort of feature that initially feels like a novelty, before wriggling its way into your life as something you can’t imagine doing without.
The Pixelbook is also compatible with Pixelbook Pen, an excellent device with context sensitive commands that is capable of some neat tricks. These include circling a word to automatically search for it, and even doubling as a magnifying glass. It’s just a shame that it costs extra, and isn’t included with the Pixelbook.
There’s a lot to like about the Pixelbook, but starting at $999, you have to be passionate about Chromebooks to invest. If any device is going to win you over, though, it’ll be this one.