I see the light, I see the new Pixelbook…

It’s the year 2017, after many years of false prophets rising and falling, the masses have gathered for what must be the saviour, the one true device that will bring us all the anticipated freedom we cry out for…

Captain, is it true? Are we at the dawn of a new way of working? Are we all going to be using the one device that will save us all? Who do we worship? Who do we praise?

Heathens! All gather and meet your new liberator, meet the Pixelbook (it’s the written word, so you’ll just have to imagine the choir and inspirational singing in the background). All hail the new Pixelbook and all praise the true believers, the ones who never faltered, those known collectively as the Google.

How do we know this it not mere trickery? Is this really the chosen one? The Pixelbook is no ordinary device, it bends, it stands and it works tirelessly for you all day. Do not burden yourself with the other falsehoods out there for the Pixelbook weighs a mere 1.1 kg (2.4 lbs) and is only a lean 10.3 mm.

It is truly a new age, for you may now utter words to your Pixelbook to truly become one with it, this is what the noble ones call Google Assistant. You may now become the scribe, use the pen wisely for it will allow you to move leaps and bounds by not being constrained by the keys of yesteryear.

The pen of course is included with the Pixelbook…err, wait a minute, no no, the pen isn’t included with the Pixelbook. What! The pen’s $99 extra! Err, moving on, the great Pixelbook, the…

Please excuse me, I had to stop my eyes from watering, no these are not tears of joy, I just saw the price of the actual Pixelbook, it starts at $999! Google, you almost had me, you almost managed to lure me into your fold, to make me a true believer.

I don’t know about you dear reader but $999 + $99 for a pen seems too much of a price to pay for what seemed like the one device that would be humanity’s new hope.




  • I don’t know…. if not developers who plan to run things like crouton, what is the target market for a $1650 i7 pixelbook with 512G of NVME storage? It’s certainly massive overkill for chrome, or even android apps.

    Speaking of the ENVY, did you install Linux on it, and if so, how hard was it and how well does it run?

    1. It’s a good point and one I’m struggling to come up with an answer for; who is the target market for the Pixelbook? The way it’s being marketed, it has to be the general consumer who might be dazzled by the high specs (see my take on how this works). It’s like buying a Ferrari, I’ll never be able to use the power of the car in the traffic infested streets of London but boy does it look good. (look at Apple’s success with the expensive iPhones and the iPad Pro).

      I wonder if we are anywhere close to figuring out who the Pixelbook is supposed to be for?

      BTW: The 17″ HP ENVY I brought several years ago worked largely out of the box under Linux. Initially Bluetooth would not work because of the wireless/Bluetooth combo card inside but at some point the correct driver/firmware was included in the kernel. The fingerprint reader never worked and to be honest, I never really tried too hard to make it work.

      Over the years I’ve had Arch Linux, Fedora and finally Ubuntu installed on it and it’s a pretty good machine under Linux. It’s now my teenage son’s laptop and he has Ubuntu installed on it. The only downside was always the battery, I don’t think I ever got more about 5 hours out of it.

  • I suppose it depends. Running crouton on it to make it a Linux laptop, with 8gb or 16gb of ram depending on model, and having actual local storage, and not having to worry about getting and keeping the hardware working with Linux drivers and distros, plus being able to switch over and run android apps makes it still tempting, even at that price. I wish they’d make a 15″ or even 17″ 4K model… Large screen need not mean thick and clunky, and as a developer, the smallish screen is the one concern I have about the device. I could be wrong, but I feel like a 15″ pixelbook that was slimed down (see Dell xps 15) with a non-developer mode blessed crouton would really appeal to a lot of linux/UNIX tech workers. As it is: im still sick of dealing with sleep/wake on Linux laptops and as such tempted by it as the first chromebook to have the hidpi, cpu, ram, and storage to make it a truly viable “luxury” option.

    (Dear HP — if your 13 G1 series had storage upgrade options, I’d prolly already own that)
    (Dear Samsung — if your chromebook pro had storage and ram upgrade options, I’d prolly already own that)


    1. Unfortunately Josh, developers are not the target market. Whether it’s Google, HP or Samsung they focus on the mass market. I’m not sure a 17″ screen would work, it would just be too large, I’ve got a 17″ HP Envy and it really is a bit of a monster.

      The Pixelbook really is a luxury option at this price and for those of you who can splash the cash, I’m jealous!

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