Chromebooks have a reputation for being cheap — both in cost and construction. However, a handful of premium models have always challenged that preconception, from Samsung’s Chromebook Pro ($499.00 at Amazon.com) and, to Google’s own models. Recasting its flagship Chrome OS device as a two-in-one hybrid, Google is positioning the new Pixelbook ($999.00 at Amazon.com) as the top of the Chromebook food chain.
The mostly metal Pixelbook is a great everyday work machine for those heavily dependent on Google’s suite of apps. Like most modern Chromebooks, it also has access to the Google Play store, meaning it can download and use a wide range of apps, just like an Android phone or tablet. The laptop’s useful convertible design, which can be propped up like a tent, flipped over like a stand or folded back like a tablet, adds to the overall usability and utility.
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