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Google’s new premium Pixelbook costs an eye-watering $1,600 — here are the pros and cons to consider before buying it

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  • Google is now offering the high-end model of its 2017 Pixelbook. 
  • The Core i7 model is now available for sale at the Google Play Store, B&H Video and Best Buy. It starts at $1,549.
  • Google has bundled the netbook with several perks. 

Google is now offering the high-end model of its 2017 Pixelbook, which features the Intel Core i7 processor. The netbook line has gotten many positive reviews, but with a hefty price tag, consumers may need some convincing that the premium version is favorable, even over the significantly cheaper Core i5 models. 

Here are some pros and cons to consider before purchasing the latest Google Pixelbook:

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Pro: A $100 discount is currently available

The Core i7 Google Pixelbook originally sells for $1,649, but it is currently selling for $1,549.

 

Con: It’s too late to order it online for Christmas

The Core i7 Google Pixelbook available at the Google Play Store will ship January 3, 2018.

 

Pro: This Pixelbook model is also available at brick-and-mortar stores.

If you don’t want to buy it online, the Core i7 Google Pixelbook is also available at B&H and Best Buy. Consumers can purchase the netbook online from those vendors, but will likely face the same shipping times as Google. Stop by a physical location for faster access. 

 

Con: Its extended warranty offers less coverage than AppleCare+

Google offers a Preferred Care extended warranty plan for all Google Pixel models. However, for $249, customers get only up to two years of hardware and software support; Apple offers up to three years. 

 

Pro: You can get some nice freebies for buying the high-end Pixelbook

Customers who purchase the Core i7 Google Pixelbook can get a Google Home speaker for free, as well as six months of Netflix free.

 

Con: The Google Pixelbook Pen is sold separately

Google is offering the Pixelbook pen as a external accessory. The stylus sells for $99. While it is direct competitor to the Apple Pencil, there are other netbooks, such as the Samsung Galaxy Book, which come with a stylus included.

 

Pro: It’s a specs powerhouse

In addition to the Core i7 processor, the new premium Pixelbook features a 12.3-inch Quad-HD LCD touchscreen display with a 2400 x 1600 pixel resolution, a whopping 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of solid state on-board storage. It also has USB-C ports, dual speakers, four microphones and a headphone jack. 

 

Con: Chrome OS isn’t app comprehensive

Google Pixelbook reviews indicate that while the netbook has many highly-coveted features, it lacks many full applications consumers may require for a everyday productivity. Some applications come in truncated Android mobile versions or may not be available on the Google Play Store at all. This may work against justifying the $1,500+ price tag for the higher-end model. 

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