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The new exceptional Chromebook from Google is here, and it’s alleged the Pixelbook. It’s a blatant laptop with a adventurous architecture that ability accomplish you catechism your boldness to buy the 13-inch MacBook Pro you had your eye on. However, that accommodation ability not be as bright cut as you think.
In some ways, these computers were congenital with the aforementioned affectionate of being in apperception — accession who wants a computer that looks as acceptable as it runs. In added ways, decidedly in agreement of software and operating system, these are two actual altered laptops that can serve actual altered purposes.
Before you accomplish the jump to Chrome OS or accessible up your wallet for Apple, analysis out our Pixelbook vs. MacBook Pro comparison.
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The Pixelbook and the MacBook Pro are two of the best admirable and altered laptops anytime made. The 13-inch, late-2016 MacBook Pro looks adequately agnate to antecedent iterations, abnormally from the outside. It has the archetypal unibody, aluminum anatomy that has become iconic of the MacBook line. Once you accessible the machine, however, you’ll see the narrowed-down bezels, broadcast TouchPad, bank keys, and thinner body. Some models additionally action the Blow Bar, a baby OLED touchscreen that shows contextual options.
Google’s Pixelbook is a new architecture that matches the attending of the Pixel smartphones. On the lid, you’ll acquisition the aforementioned two-tone blush arrangement of aluminum and glass, with some agnate architecture accent accident on the central beyond the keyboard and approach rests. The alone allotment of the architecture that feels out of abode are the ample bezels that beleaguer the 12.3-inch screen.
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Switching aback and alternating amid the two laptops, the two best notable differences are the bezels on the affectation and the all-embracing weight of the laptops. The MacBook Pro weighs 3.02 pounds, which is annihilation to apprehend at, while the Pixelbook weighs aloof 2.43 pounds. It’s not absolutely as the ablaze as the 12-inch MacBook, but it’s impressively ablaze nonetheless.
It’s absolutely difficult to aces from these two, and we do anticipate both are nice systems. However, we accept to go with the archetypal MacBook Pro. While the Pixelbook is handsome, it has a few baby quirks, like a glace bottle console on the affectation lid that can accomplish the laptop adamantine to accumulate in your hand. The MacBook Pro feels added mature.
Winner: MacBook Pro
The Pixelbook is a laptop with a 360 amount hinge, acceptation the lid can be bankrupt about to covering mode, and alike all the way about to book mode. That additionally agency that the Pixelbook has a touchscreen and a stylus (though the closing is a $100 option), two appearance the MacBook Pro is lacking.
Unlike the blow of the accretion industry, Apple has resisted the trend of touchscreen laptops, and instead alien the Blow Bar as a band-aid to that problem. The Blow Bar is a small, OLED touchscreen that shows contextual options. However, it hasn’t been accurate as able-bodied as Apple may accept hoped.
Though Chrome OS isn’t advised with the touchscreen in mind, the accession of Android app capabilities do accomplish a case for blow as an ascribe adjustment on the Pixelbook. To accomplish things alike sweeter, the Pixelbook has an acutely absorbing affectation with a pixel body alike bigger than the MacBook Pro.
In agreement of anchorage selection, the two computers attending advanced to a USB-C future, abrogation abaft the apple of USB-A, power, HDMI, SD card, ethernet, and every added anchorage you accept on your old computer. That’s apparently activity to aphorism out some bodies from absent either of these laptops, but Google and Apple accept to be accumbent on their attitude against anchorage selection. The abject Pixelbook and MacBook Pro both accept two USB-C ports, but the MacBook Pro with Blow Bar has four ports.
The Pixelbook comes with a standard Intel Core i5-7Y57 processor, upgradable to a Core i7. While still a able processor, it’s not the accepted Core i5 processor that you see in abounding Windows, and some Mac, laptops. Still, the Core i5-7Y57 is a acceptable bout for the Pixelbook. If you appetite to comedy graphic-intensive amateur or adapt 4K video, you apparently won’t be absorbed in a Chromebook to activate with. In the tasks Chromebooks are absolutely fabricated for, the Pixelbook won’t skip a beat.
Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro does absolutely use a accepted Core i5 processor and can be configured up to an Intel Core i7 with a “Turbo Boost” up to 4.0GHz. While you’ll accept to about-face to the 15-inch adaptation for a detached cartoon card, the 13-inch MacBook Pro doesn’t abort in performance. In fact, in our single-core analysis on GeekBench 4, the MacBook Pro denticulate bigger than all its competitors, including hard-hitters like the Surface Book with Achievement Abject and the Lenovo Yoga 910. As our analysis credibility out, gaming on the MacBook Pro still isn’t up to par, but artistic professionals should be blessed with what they’re accepting on this laptop.
While both machines can do what they claim, the MacBook Pro is the added able laptop in agreement of performance. Throw in abundantly fast adamantine drive performance, and the MacBook Pro is the bright champ in this category.
Winner: MacBook Pro
Laptops in the Chromebook and MacBook curve are both accepted for their endurance. While some of the accepted benchmarks don’t assignment in Chrome OS, for our analysis of the Pixelbook we did run the Basemark browser criterion to see what it could do. The Pixelbook saw decidedly acceptable results, abiding four hours and ten minutes, and assault competitors like the Surface Pro and 12-inch MacBook.
The MacBook Pro’s array activity is on par with agnate 13-inch laptops of its ilk, but it doesn’t beat expectations. Apple acclimated to be the baton in this class with its laptops, but its numbers accept remained the aforementioned as competitors’ accept risen.
Here’s what affairs in the end: both the Pixelbook and the MacBook Pro affirmation a 10-hour array life. From our tests, the Pixelbook hits that mark added reliably.
The software acquaintance on these two laptops are absolutely different. The MacBook Pro runs MacOS, a full-fledged desktop operating system, while Chrome OS is a pared bottomward software acquaintance that has bound functionality. You can’t accessible up Chrome and aloof download your admired software appliance with Chrome OS. Your admission is bound to what’s accessible in the browser and in the anatomy of extensions in the Chrome Web Store. In addition, Google has additionally broadcast app admission to the Google Comedy Store.
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You can do added with these options than you ability assume, abnormally with the accession of Android app compatibility. For some, the abstraction of accepting admission to the abundance of Android apps and amateur on a laptop ability complete enticing, abnormally back it’s article Apple has hesitated to do with its own App Store and MacOS. However, there’s carper the actuality that MacOS is a abundant added all-embracing arrangement that Apple is consistently afterlight and alive on. We haven’t apparent that affectionate of charge from Google absolutely yet.
Winner: MacBook Pro
Both of these computers are not bargain for what you get. In both cases, you can acquisition alternatives such as the accomplished Dell XPS 13 or Samsung Chromebook Pro. What you are advantageous for with both the MacBook Pro and Pixelbook is the exceptional design, cast name, and absolute features.
The lowest-priced MacBook Pro is the $1,300 non-Touch Bar 13.3-inch adaptation with 128GB of SSD storage. The entry-level agreement of the Pixelbook starts at $1,000 and comes with 128GB of SSD storage. Both laptops at that amount advance the Intel Core 7th-gen i5 CPU and appear with 8GB of RAM.
The Pixelbook is an absorbing attack by Google to appearance the apple that it’s austere about Chromebooks. Everything from the body affection and the affectation to the capacity of the keyboard accept been anxiously advised to please.
But admitting the actuality that Chrome OS has appear a continued way from area it was (and that Apple stumbled on the barrage of the Blow Bar), the MacBook Pro is a abundant beneath bound accretion acquaintance — abnormally for alone $200 more. So as continued we’re talking about the non-Touch Bar archetypal of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, it’s activity to get our vote.