Color me somewhat confused over the state of the personal computer industry. Yes, as we push ever further into the post-PC era of handheld mobile devices, sales of traditional PCs continue to drop. Except for the Mac.
Even Microsoft’s highly touted Surface line of PC notebooks, desktop, and tablet-cum-notebook hybrids have fallen on hard times where even a completely new line of models only got sales back to where they were a few years ago. Anemic. Despite seemingly falling behind the hardware curve, the Mac rules.
What’s the latest MacBook killer? Google Pixelbook.
Surely this is the new Chromebook that will derail the Mac sales juggernaut. And why not? Pixelbook– Google is going all in on the Pixel name– has specifications that meet or exceed most Mac notebooks and come with features Apple’s customers might see next year or the year after but certainly one day in the future.
Pixelbook for $999 gets you all this.
- 128GB SSD storage
- 7th generation Intel Core CPU
- All-day battery life (not really all day; 10 hours)
- 8GB of RAM
- Fast charging
- Gorilla Glass
- Dual USB-C ports
- 360-degree hinge
- 12.3-inch LCD display (better than HD)
- Dual speakers
- 4 microphones
- 720p camera
- Gyroscope & Magnetometer
- Headphone jack
- Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
Don’t you wish you could buy a Mac for $999 that bristles with that much 2017 hardware? For the same money you can get an aging MacBook Air which might get 12 hours of battery life, but has 5th generation Intel lCore CPUs inside but isn’t weightless at 2.96-pounds. It is an LED display but resolution is far short of the Pixelbook. Storage and memory is the same, though, and dimensions are similar.
* Google forgot to include the Pixelbook’s weight in the specifications list.
Google also gives customers built-in security with a security chip, an anti-virus application, and automatic updates to new ChromeOS versions and apps. To be fair, this is an expensive Chromebook, many of which are available for less than $300, but there is much to like.
Touchscreen, anyone? I like that, but I suspect there are more iPad users who use a real touchscreen than PC users who use a touchscreen.
Unfortunately, even when compared to an aging MacBook Air at the same price or a slightly more expensive MacBook or MacBook Pro, the Pixelbook Chromebook comes up short for anything but using Google’s own anemic applications. A Mac runs macOS High Sierra which brings along iTunes, GarageBand, Photos, iMovie, Calendar, Reminders, Contacts, FaceTime, plus Skype and tens of thousands of applications like Photoshop and Lightroom or Final Cut Pro, most of which are more powerful and usable than anything on ChromeOS.
Oh, did I forget to mention that a MacBook Air– or, any Mac Apple sells– will also run Windows? It also runs most flavors of Linux and Unix. And all of them at the same time if you desire. Now, if I could only get macOS High Sierra running on one of those high tech PC notebooks with modern specifications.