After nearly 5,000 blog posts, this may the first one not written on an Apple computer. And you know what, it’s weird.

Yesterday, I started a new journey and that journey is that of a Pixelbook user.  Ever since I first started buying laptops, say 12 or 13 years ago, I had always owned Apple computers.  They were great, I loved them, until I didn’t.

So after reading every possible review out there, and after a lot of debating, I decided to take the plunge and switch from Apple’s Macbook Air to Google’s first Pixelbook. (I still can’t believe I bought the first generation of anything!)

I posted a story on my Instagram page exploring the first few minutes of owning a Pixelbook and got quite a few asks for more detailed thoughts, so here we are, 24 hours after I first opened the box, and I have some things to say.

First things first, I want to make certain that you know that this is not a sponsored post. Some bloggers have made it confusing to tell when it is, and when it isn’t. You’ll always know with me, but just to be really certain: this is not.  

I’m by no means a tech writer. I don’t know what GB means, and the only kind of ram I know is the animal. But, I do use a computer every day, all day, like most people, so I wanted to share my experience as a normal person. So there’s no technical jargon here.

What I bought: 

Google Pixelbook (256GB) $1,599.00
Google Pixelbook Pen $129.00
Preferred Care Preferred Care CA$349.00

Buyer’s remorse? 

Well, almost.  The first few minutes with the new Pixelbook scared me. My entire career is my computer and all of a sudden, I didn’t know how to copy and paste text. I was terrified. I was worried that my growing annoyance with Apple had led me down the wrong path and I started regretting my decision.  But, I decided to stick with it. If I drove the same car for 12 years and then just suddenly switched, I’d probably be a bit stressed. But just because it’s different and a bit harder, doesn’t mean I made the wrong choice. In the past few hours, I’ve watched a few YouTube videos that addressed many of my concerns, and more importantly, the things I’ll grow to love about it.

Clickity-click 

I love the feeling of the keyboard.  It feels classy and easy. I do not like the clicking of the touchpad. It feels heavy and cheap. I’m hoping that’s something I get used to. I’ve been using the Google Pixelbook Pen a bit more than I thought it would, mostly avoid having to hear that clunky plastic-y sounding click.

Edit: Almost instantly after I posted this, someone pointed out that I actually don’t have to click on the touchpad, just a gentle tap will do the trick. They should call it a tap pad.

Speaking of the pen

It’s annoying that it costs extra ($129), because it makes the Pixelbook so much more enjoyable. I’ve never much been into using a stylus or even a tablet, but already I’m enjoying people able to use a touch screen or use the pen to screen grab something using the pen. It makes me feel like Penny on Inspector Gadget. So while it’s silly that the pen isn’t included in the computer, I’d suggest getting it so you can enjoy the full Pixelbook experience.

The apps

One of the features I was looking forward to the most was being able to download Android apps and use them on my desktop. Now I’m able to upload photos on Instagram, or download shows on Netflix to my laptop, which has already proven to be really handy.  I’m excited to be able to edit photos on Snapseed, instead of on a smaller phone screen.

Do I need a tablet?

 

Besides using it as laptop, you can also convert the Pixelbook into a tablet and whatever it’s called when you basically make it look like a tent so you can watch a movie on a plane.  I haven’t really felt the need to use either of those features yet.  As I already mentioned, I’ve never been much a tablet person anyway, so I’m interested to see if I start using it, now that I have one.

It’s nice to be wanted

This one is a bit hard to explain, because both Apple and Google are billion dollar companies and I don’t think they really are focused on the individual experience, but in a way, it sorta feels like Google actually does.  For the past year or so, I’ve been talking about ditching my iphone for the pixel and then wondered aloud if I should ditch my macbook air for the pixelbook. Sometimes I tag Google or use an Apple hashtag, and the only one that has never gotten back to me was Google.

Meanwhile, Apple has never even tweeted. Like ever.

I don’t know why specifically, but I sorta find that annoying. Having someone use social media talk with your customers is a part of modern marketing and if I’m being honest, it just seemed like Google wanted it more. And as a customer, it’s nice to be wanted. Sure Apple is the number one company in the world, but no business can succeed forever if they don’t appreciate their customers.

What do I miss?

Honestly, not much. But I definitely miss iMessage. I know there’s other messaging apps, but none work as seamless as iMessage. So for now, my boyfriend (who only uses Apple products) will have to find a new way to message each other. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been switching all of my things over to apps like Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and photos and now I can’t imagine running my business without them. They just make life so much easier, so the fact that I have a computer that integrates with them and my Pixel 2 is super exciting.

No regrets

Right now, I’m still learning a lot about this computer.  But I’m really excited about it. Especially as I learn more and of the features, especially with the bonus of having Google Assistant built right into it!


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Mike Morrison

9 Comments

  1. I am getting my pixelbook today. I can’t wait. And like you, I have read everything about the device. I have watched more YouTube videos than I care to admit. I will be primarily be using the device for work. You may have inspired me to write a blog of my own.

    Thank you.

  2. Good for you Mike! I’m on a similar journey and ditched my Windows daily for a Chromebook. It was pretty weird after 18 years in IT to switch OSes and have those initial frustrations and confidence hiccups. I opted for the Samsung Chromebook Pro because itbas the top rated behind the Pixelbook and frankly I wasn’t 100% sure I could make the switch. I imported it from USA because it’s not for sale in Canada. It does come with a pen however I am certain yours is much better than mine. I’m always a mouse user unless I cannot be due to circumstance yet I find I use the stylus significantly more than I expected too even after owning 4 other devices that included a stylus and barely ever using them. USB-C to HDMI + LAN + 3x USB-A dongle makes my desk experience a lot better and I wish I had picked one up on day one rather than a month in. I hope all goes well on your journey pal. Cheers for all the blog posts, keep it up!

    1. Hi Spence,

      Do you use office with your pixel book, I want to know if offfice 365 run on it and if it good or bad.

      I am looking everywhere in the web and nobody have the answer for it..

      I am a full pc user, I use many windows apps like office 365, dynamics and more.

      Let me know if you can help me.

      Thanks

  3. I’ve had several iPads beginning with the Gen 1 back in 2009 or 2010. (I think!) I use my iPad for everything, for reading (I have over 200 books I download from a Facebook secret group!) for social media, my gps, cooking and my noise maker for sleeping..I will even do all my families taxes on my iPad… it’s sadly rarely further than two feet away. I love it so much that I can’t imagine making a switch to a pixelbook, but the challenge of learning something new is appealing. I’m sure you’ll get used to the clicking or maybe just learn how to disable it? Please repost after a few weeks when you’re well and truly settled in to using it, can’t wait to hear more…

  4. Hi Mike, I love your blog and this is a great review…but you might want to go back and proofread it 🙂

  5. I appreciate your perspective. I’ve been thinking about making the switch myself. I love Google’s software but, in the past, I have preferred Apple’s hardware. Thanks for sharing!

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