Pixelbook Go: The Ideal Travel Companion

Google's Pixelbook GoGoogle released Pixelbook Go on October 27, 2019.

Go is marketed as a consumer laptop. But since this is a business-oriented site, we’ll take a corporate angle on this new Google offering.

If you’re not familiar with Chromebook’s Chrome OS, it’s a lightweight operating system that can be considered “browser first”—mainly a gateway to the cloud.

For those who have the need to run local apps, newer Chromebooks, including Go, have the Google Play store built-in. Fans of Microsoft apps can install Google Play versions of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

When You’re on the Go

We’ve long maintained on this site that a Chromebook is an excellent business travel companion. It’s lightweight. It has a long battery life. Most users don’t store any sensitive data on it.

The Pixelbook Go is marketed as “Made to move, with a lightweight design and long-lasting battery.”

Whether you’re traveling locally or taking a flight, consider leaving your Windows PC or Mac in the office and packing a Pixel Go or other Chromebook.

This is especially true if you use mainly cloud apps such as G Suite and Salesforce in your work.

Plus, you can sync your PC or Mac Chrome browser settings and bookmarks with your Chromebook through a Gmail or G Suite account.

Pixelbook Go Models & Features

There are four Pixelbook Go models to choose from. For business users who like to have a lot of browser tabs open, it’s worth going with the second from the top model, which has 16GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The processor is an Intel® Core™ i5, which provides plenty of power for business use.

For the top model, you’d pay a 40% premium ($1,399) to get double the storage and a 4K Ultra HD Molecular Display™. This one is more of a consumer model.

For security, Go has a built-in FIDO authenticator. Your company’s IT manager will appreciate this.

For listening to a webinar or other audio in a loud environment, Go has a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is an increasingly rare output port on devices.

Businessman With Laptop Headphones

Other features include:

  • A 1080p camera
  • A touchscreen display
  • One button or voice access to Google Assistant
  • A grippable base for more easily carrying without a case

It’s early, but so far Pixelbook Go is a good looking device for the business traveler.

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Frequently Asked Questions
✅ What is Pixelbook Go?

Pixelbook Go is a designed-for-travel chromebook that was released by Google on October 27, 2019. Pixelbook Go comes in four models. The models range in cost from $649 to $1,399.

✅ What is a chromebook?

A chromebook is a laptop computer that runs Google’s Chrome OS. Chrome OS is a lighter weight operating system than Windows or iOS.

✅ Can I work on Excel spreadsheets with Pixelbook Go?

There are three ways you can work on Excel spreadsheets on a Chromebook. Open the spreadsheet in Google Sheets. Install the Excel Google Play app. Access Excel Online via the Chrome browser.

✅ What types of headphone connections are supported on Pixelbook Go?

Pixelbook Go supports bluetooth, a 3.5mm jack and USB-C connections.

✅ How much does Pixelbook Go weigh?

Pixelbook Go weighs under 2.5 pounds.