HP launched the Chromebase, their first Chrome OS device, in October 2014. And received great success thanks to its excellent features and affordable price tag. This year, the company introduces another Chromebase device which takes its predecessor’s concept to the next level. It was launched back in April 2016 and it’s getting more and more popular among computer users who are looking for an affordable desktop PC with all the perks of using Chrome OS as its operating system.
What is Google Pixelbook?
Google’s first foray into PCs. It’s its answer to Apple’s iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro and even Google’s own Chromebook Pixel. This is built for people who want to do more with their PCs than just spreadsheets and word processing. With it you can write documents, create presentations and give video calls in near HD quality. It starts at $999; our test unit was priced at $1,649 but it didn’t include any of those extras. Such as an active stylus (an extra $99) or leather sleeve ($199). You might consider adding these if you plan on taking your notebook on the go often. Otherwise they are nice to have when you sit down to work from home or somewhere else out of reach of your monitor.
What’s in the Box?
In addition to all that computing horsepower, you get everything you need to get started. In addition to standard stuff like power adapters and cables, you get an HDMI cable for connecting your Chromebase to your TV or display. You also get set up and use DVDs so you can install all of your apps directly from Google Play. The computer comes with 60 days of free access to GoGo Inflight Internet service. So you can enjoy online access on flights. You even get 100 GB of free cloud storage from Google Drive for two years, which is great because Chromebooks don’t come with local storage. (They do have SD card slots so you can add a lot more if necessary.) To take advantage of these features, log in with your Google credentials during the initial setup.
Where Can I Buy One?
For now, you can only buy an HP Chromebase online. It’s available for $349 from retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, and if you have an extra monitor lying around, you can use that as your display for about $100 extra. If not, it comes with an HDMI cable so you can connect it to any HDTV or monitor that has an HDMI input. Make sure to check out our full review of Google’s newest computer below
Why Google Pixelbook is Worth Considering?
Google Pixelbook is one of those few Chromebooks that can be your main computer. The ultra-thin machine runs on Google’s powerful, flexible and easy-to-use operating system, which allows you to run multiple apps at once, open documents from different devices and keep all your information synced across every Google service you use. It has most of what you’d expect from an expensive ultraportable laptop: a sturdy aluminum chassis with decent specs, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. A fully charged battery should last around 10 hours between charges. All told, it’s fast enough for most mainstream uses.
How Does it Stack Up Against the Competition?
In today’s digital world, it seems like almost everyone owns at least one device that requires an Internet connection to function. Whether it’s your smart phone, tablet or laptop, all are dependent on having an active Internet connection to stream data. It may seem a bit strange, but there is still a market for those people who don’t have access to Wi-Fi and rely on 3G or 4G networks for connectivity. However there is good news with Google recently announcing its affordable new desktop running on Google’s Chrome operating system. This exciting addition may just be what you need to make sure you have access to all of your favorite apps and services even when you aren’t near home or work.