Google Pixelbook Unboxing – Could You Switch?


We’ve got the brand new Google Pixelbook in front of me today. And now it’s got its own companion pen as well: the Pixelbook Pen. It also works for Google Assisstant… …if you guys watched the keynote, you can circle somebody’s face… ….it looks up that person and searches them and so on… …and then you can also activate Assistant with your voice. If you look right over here… 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor. 8 gigs of RAM, a 256 gigabyte SSD. So what you are looking for… …is a machine that can do what your smartphone does but potentially faster… …and with an input method of a keyboard and with a bigger display. This could be your companion. Is it gonna be a replacement for your laptop though? That kind of depends on what you do on your laptop. If you’re like me… …and you do a lot of video editing… …well, probably not. But if you’re a person who’s mostly inside of email and web browsers and so on… …it might do a better job than what you’re using right now. Nice little experience there. So what you’re gonna see here is that the design cues are taken from the Pixel phones… …with this striple on the top. This is quite thin and light. I think it’s around 2.5 pounds. Metallic construction. On this side over here is a Type-C USB connector. And if I flipped it around to the other side… …there’s another Type-C connector as well as a headphone jack. Also here, is what looks like volume? And then, probably a power switch. Solid, surprisingly solid. Look it’s bootin’ up straight away. Okay now one thing I like about this… …is the aspect ratio of the screen. Now everything on the desktop… …and in smartphones is going taller. But there is a case to be made… …for a more tranditional aspect ratio when it comes to productivity. Things like email and so on… …work really well on the screen like this. The keyboard here is backlit. It’s a Chiclet style. Kind of Macbook X. The trackpad is glass, it actually feels quite nice. And then where your palms rest is crazy soft. This could be a nice place to type. Now of course the magic happens when we flip this over like this. Look at that. All of a sudden now… …you’re in tent mode… …and then of course we can fold it completely flat because it is a touch screen interface. It’s capable of running Chrome apps, web apps, or Android apps. So it essentially turns into an Android tablet when you’re holding it like this. Also inside the box… …we have some slender paperwork there… …a USB power brick Type-C connector there… …and of course a relatively long USB Type-C cable. Now of course we’ve also got the pen… …so I wanna crack this open. It’s a quadrupel A. Oh my goodness. Feel like I need to revaluate my existance, my childhood. And of course, since it’s using the Wacom technology in here… …you have a pen tip similar to what you have on the Wacom drawing tablet. You might be thinking why wouldn’t it just be rechargeable. Well, the battery lasts really long time. I don’t know if you’ve seen pictures of the Apple pencil charging. But it’s… it’s a little awkward to say the least. Now would be a good time to mention… …that Google claims that you can get 10 hours of battery life out of this. Of course that’s gonna vary depending on your usage. So I’ve got it booted up now. You have your web apps, your basic ones down below. You know you got Chrome where most things are gonna happen. Gmails, Docs, and of course YouTube. Now it’s chewing through this 4K video streaming like nobody’s business. Alright, so if you’re wondering the benefit of having more horsepower on a Chrome book… …this is the kind of thing that can bog down some laptops just even doing a 4K stream. So you’re looking at 2400×1600 pixels. It’s a lot taller than you might be used to if you’re using a tranditional laptop right now or a wide screen version. But at a 12.3 inch form factor… …that’s quite a lot pixels to play with hence the image quality. Look at that. I mean it is so responsive. Inside of Chrome, it’s about as fast as I’ve ever experienced. Even when I go to just like load up a new video. It’s like now obviously that takes into account my internet speed here… …but I’ve used many laptops on this particular Internet. So now what’s special here is there’s a few different ways to launch into Assistant. I can do so with a dedicated Assistant button… …I can do so with my voice, or I can do so with the pen… …and the button that’s featured on the pen. So for starters, I’m gonna try the key. From here, I can type in a request, a question or something like that… …or I can hit the microphone button here… …and use my voice as input. So that’s probably the coolest way to be honest. OK Google. Who is Willie Do? Here is a matching video… Definitely not Willie Do. You need to step your internet profile game up, alright, sir? OK Google. What is Unbox Therapy? According to Linked in… …Lewis Hilsenteger is the creator of Unbox Therapy… …an online show dedicated to consumer products. OK Google… …how much does the Pixelbook cost? According to The Verge… …Google’s Pixelbook laptop starts at 999$… …and can be priced all the way up to 1499$. It doesn’t end there… …because I can use the pen for Assistant as well. So if I launch into the web browser here… …and look at images, check this out. I can hold this button, circle my face, and it’ll figure out who I am. Lewis Hilsenteger, Internet personality. Here’s mountain Everest, now let’s circle it. Oh mountain Everest, there he nailed it. You know this is a mountain. OK Google, play Unbox Therapy videos. Oh wow. OK. Now let’s listen to a little bit of SoundCloud real quick to check out the speakers. It’s firing up there. I mean, they’re decent. They’re not the best laptop speakers I’ve ever heard. I really don’t recommend using speakers in general on a laptop if you don’t have to. Maybe you can put your headphones on it’s gonna be a lot better. This does have a dedicated headphone jack that you can utilize. But they get the job done. And if you quickly need to watch a video and so on. That’s kind of cool, this button on the side; the power switch. If you just tap this button here, it kind of starts to fade away. And if you hold it long enough it’ll log you out it, it’s kind of like a quick dedicated log out button. Smart Lock for Chromebook Beta. Unlock your Chromebook with your Android phone. I’m gonna try to set this up right now. Your phone is locked. Unlock it to enter. Are you seeing this right now? OK here we go, I’m gonna do this. This could be magic. Fingerprint and click your photo. I’m in. So I’ll sleep it again. And now it looks and it goes yellow. It stays locked, your phone is locked. Unlock it to enter. So i pick up the phone. Use my fingerprint, you saw the green immediately go to the unlocked position. OK, so there you have it. The brand new Pixelbook, unboxed, tested it out a little bit. Obviously, I need to use this more comprehensively before I make up my mind… …about how much I like it and so on and if it can replace my other equipment. To be honest, I think at home, this could be convenient. I have a laptop and I kind of use it on the couch, and I put it on the coffee table… …and all I really do is watch video, deal with email here and there… …I’m not editing video on that machine… …it’s strictly for basic productivity, a document here and there… And that’s where I could see something like this possibly being a step better. When you add in the pen, Google Assistant aspect… …and most importantly the fact that this thing is convertible… …it becomes somewhat compelling. But I know what you’re gonna say, you’re gonna say… “But Lew, you can do that with Surface products”. And you’re right, you can. And Surface products are really good. I-I’m not taking anything away from them. But, there is a customer out there… …who doesn’t need a full-fledged OS. At 1000$ I think a lot of people will still choose a Surface product. But I am happy that this thing exists for what it is. I’m gonna try to use my voice more frequently with it… …and see if we’re ready for the Google assistant future. Not just in our phones and our home devices… …but maybe in our laptops. We’ll see.

100 thoughts on “Google Pixelbook Unboxing – Could You Switch?

  1. Did any of you spot Jack in this video? This mystery has a timeframe…
    https://youtu.be/Db17w0DjDS0?list=PL7u4lWXQ3wfI_7PgX0C-VTiwLeu0S4v34

  2. Any Google device is a shit ass useless piece of shit. Google is interested in one thing…..stealing your personal data to share with everyone at a premium cost. Only a drooling ape would buy or use this shit. The reviewer is smoking crack..

  3. I'm pretty sure those bashing and making fun of this device haven't tried Chrome OS.
    I've had Toshiba Chromebook for well over 4 years and it's my fav laptop that I keep going back to. (I own a MBP)

  4. Hey guys, I recently got an Hp Chromebook for Black Friday. I put some time into figuring out this laptop. I normally use a laptop for photoshop and video editing. After figuring things out I would suggest anyone using programs other then Googles to not get any sort of Chromebooks. It's practically a tablet with a keyboard and a few other features. They do limit what you can do on the laptop which pisses me off. Good luck shopping

  5. This laptop could honestly go somewhere if chrome os didn't hold it back like it is. it's really only good for web browsing which you could just do on a cheaper chromebook. if this came with windows or even linux, it would be a much better competitor to other 2 in 1 ultrabooks

  6. So when the video said “okay google, what’s unbox therapy”, my google home mini on the other side of my room started talking too…

  7. Is this windows? And another question: does it act like an asshole and lag all the time?

    Last question:
    Can you get these at Walmart?
    Nah, I'll just buy a normal laptop..

  8. The Google Pixelbook will be the successor to my old Acer 14 Chromebook and my recent Dell Chromebook.

  9. If they could put FL Studios + VSTi (such as Kontakt from NI) + Adobe Premiere, Lightroom, After Effects, Photoshop, etc… Then I'll switch.

  10. Honest review of someone who has tested this please. I need to know how good or bad the microphone is. I record all my lectures through OneNote and I need to keep this feature. Thank you in advanced.

  11. Love the Pixelbook. Switched over a couple of months ago and will probably never go back. It's pretty simple, some people don't want or need the bloatware that is Windows OS. Chrome OS is lightweight and does what it does extremely well, not to mention that you can run Android apps and Linux OS all on the same device. Now if you do video editing, AAA gaming, etc this probably will not be your machine. But for those of us who wanted a lightweight, on the go laptop, with an equally fast OS, that just works, Chrome OS and Pixelbook specifically, is king. It is not for everybody so do your homework.

  12. I was watching the video and when you did the Google assistant demo my room was going crazy because I only use Google devices so I have the Pixel 3 XL the Pixelbook and the Google home mini in this room and every device started saying "sorry I didn't get that" and "sorry I don't know how to help with that yet " because she couldn't hear you properly because I kept turning the volume up and down to get her to stop lol my wife couldn't stop laughing because I was yelling at her to stop (the assistant not my wife) it was pretty funny

  13. The guy literally searches images from google, takes the image FROM google and ASKS GOOGLE what the image is… genius

  14. Computers as big as a room in the 1960s.

    Now we get to circle people on a computer and learn who their name is.

  15. How many people are watching this on there Android phones and had Google assistant pop up when he said "ok Google"

  16. Google Pixelbook is going to replace my 2 old Chromebook computers of my current used Dell 13 Chromebook and my old discontinued Acer 14 Chromebook. It will also replace my discontinued old MacBook Air computer and my old discontinued HP Windows 10 PC laptop computer too.

  17. Why this is so Biased, Lew is getting payed by YouTube, YouTube is from Google, and the Google pixelbook is from Google……

  18. Haha Google needs to figure out how to get their devices to not recognize "hey Google" in third party videos.

  19. If you're going to use Google Assistant (or Alexa) in your videos, you should be considerate of your viewers. Some of us have the smart speakers and if you say the wake words, our units respond. Please consider "muting" the wake words and flashing up a title ("Hey, Google") instead. We'll love you more, Lou!

  20. really lew?……you had to use your phone to look up the specs? You couldn't start out prepared……very unprofessional……..and wtf stop saying ok google so many times….u r setting off my shit and it makes me want to unsubscribe from your channel….I feel like you should already know better then to have every second word you use be…"hey google or ok google"

  21. You could either get a $1000 beast gaming rig, I'm talking Intel i7, Nvidia 1660s, and 16gb of RAM.
    … Or get a computer that can only run chrome. Can't get Steam, can't get OBS.
    Yah, I'll pass.

  22. Not to mention this WHOLE review is completely biased. He critiques computers that are better and cheaper, but when it comes to Google products, he can't find anything wrong with them.

  23. There are Chromebooks out there less than $200 and some even less than $100 that do everything that this $1000 Chromebook does. The only thing the cheaper ones are missing are looks

  24. This thing is a fucking piece of shit.
    It can't run any of my games, or school related apps. IT CAN'T EVEN RUN MS WORD.
    And some people say, "It has Google Docs." And to that I say, YOU CAN RUN GOOGLE DOCS ON A 20$ WALMART TABLET.
    People who buy this are morons. Get a ASUS Viviobook for $500 and do everything this Chromebook can and can't.
    It's a 1000$ web browser.

  25. Those who say its an expensive web browser and so on, they dont see the big picture. Future devices will have all the data and horsepower on the Cloud. You`l only need a terminal. Google knows that.

  26. My gosh, my Google Home reacted to his voice of "Ok, Google" and freaked the fuck out of me at 1AM. Anyone else got this as well? lmfao

  27. At least they copied their own products 🙂 while Apple sends scouts to scout the enemy and report back to put on their products.

  28. So what can it do? Well it can run google. And umm youtube. Umm Yeah that’s it. We have chromebooks at my new school at it’s honestly the worst think i have ever used. Word>docs
    (My old school had thinkpads)

  29. 3:47 Exposes the truth behind companies like Google already tightening the squeeze on their brands being the only ones to be able to deliver the highest speed internet to their most popular sites! wild!

  30. Build-in pen battery dies someday and then your pen becomes trash. AAAA battery is easily replaceable. I hate built-in non serviceable batterys.

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