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Blog > February 2020 > The New Pixelbook Go - Is It Worth a Go?
2/14/2020 11:29:49 AM | with 0 comments
The new Pixelbook Go is designed to be a Chromebook you can use on the go. This means a focus has been placed on weight, a slimline design, but also a reasonable battery life. Of course, like all Chromebooks, the PixelBook Go is running Chrome OS, which has its drawbacks against Windows and Mac. So can the Pixelbook Go be worth trying in comparison to similarly priced laptops using other operating systems?
In this article, we go into the details, as well as offering pricing information on all of the new Pixelbook Go laptops. And, like all tech featured on Techscheme, you can save up to 12% off the retail price


What are Chromebooks?

The Pixelbook Go is a Chromebook, which means it uses Chrome OS. This includes a very barebones operating system with little in terms of software or high level features. You are given access to the Chrome web browser and the Chrome web store, where you can download some web store apps or Android apps.
What this means is that whilst you won’t always be getting a full desktop experience, you can get close to it. Unless you play PC games or use software like Adobe Premier, you should be able to get by, but even still, it takes some getting used to.
However, Chrome OS has its benefits - typically boot up time is very fast, and with a browser-focused approach, you’ll almost always have options to save content to the cloud. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at what makes the Pixelbook Go special.


What Are the New Pixelbook Go Laptops Like?

Pixelbook is Google’s high performance Chromebook lineup, and the Pixelbook Go specifically, has a number of features to make it more focused on portability. There are three Pixelbook Go models, and we’ll explain all of them below.
First, though, let’s go over the features that stay the same throughout each model. Every Pixelbook Go laptop has a 13.3" LCD display. The display has touch screen support. You can use your fingers, or pick up the Pixelbook Pen to add a bit more precision for apps like Photoshop (The web or Android versions). All versions of the Pixelbook Go have up to 12 hours of battery life.

Pixel book pen

Next, let’s take a look at the difference between each Pixelbook Go model. The cheapest £629 model uses an Intel m3 chip and a 64GB SSD. You also get 8GB RAM and a 1080p display. This processor is perfect for running Chrome OS - the operating system is lightweight so performance is never much of a concern. However, if you start opening multiple tabs at once, or run multiple web apps like Spotify and Google Docs all at the same time, you may notice the m3 chip hitting it’s limits.
The second model can be purchased for £829 and it features 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage, a 1080p display, and an Intel Core i5. This is pretty much the most performance power you’re going to need for running Chrome OS and Android apps at the moment. Your experience will be blazing fast and we doubt you’ll hit any problems with slowdown just because of how lightweight Chrome OS really is.

Chrome OS

Finally, the most expensive model goes for £1,329. You get an upgrade to an i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and 256GB storage. You also get a 4K Ultra HD display. If you are wondering whether it's worth upgrading, we'd suggest considering this - the i7 and 16GB RAM are unlikely to improve your performance much considering the operating system the Pixelbook Go uses. However, the 4K display is a nice upgrade, and if you want extra personal storage, the upgrade to 256GB may be worth it to you.


Summary and Pricing

Now that we’ve taken an overview of the Pixelbook Go, it’s time to run a price check. We have listed the pricing of each model below, as well as how much you can save when purchasing it through Techscheme.
Model RRP Savings Techscheme Price
Pixelbook Go m3, 64GB SSD £629 £75.48 £553.52
Pixelbook Go i5, 128GB SSD £829 £99.48 £729.52
Pixelbook Go i7, 256GB SSD, 4K £1,329 £159.48 £1169.52
Pixelbook Pen £99 £11.88 £87.12
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