• Google Pixelbook vs Premium Windows Ultrabook Running Chrome OS (CloudReady) + Pixelbook Review

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    Google Pixelbook vs Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Running Chrome OS. Timestamps below.
    - 1:00 - Technical Specs
    - 2:10 - Bootup Speed Test
    - 4:07 - Brightness Comparison
    - 4:45 - Octane Score Test
    - 7:00 - Gmail Loading Speed Test
    - 7:40 - Asana Loading Speed Test & Scrolling Test
    - 8:50 - Personal Profile & Work Profile Switching + Performance Test
    - 12:00 - Chrome OS Version Comparison
    - 12:30 - Pixelbook Multi-Persona Limitations

    Pixelbook Review:
    - 14:00 - Build Quality
    - 14:35 - Battery LED Indicators (& Tap Gesture)
    - 16:05 - Default/Tent/Kiosk/Tablet Mode & Preference
    - 16:50 - Full-Screen Apps in Tablet Mode
    - 17:35 - Useful Chrome OS Keyboard Shortcuts & Trackpad Gestures
    - 20:20 - OS Preference
    - 21:00 - Android App Limitations & Workarounds
    - 21:44 - Trackpad & Surface Quality
    - 22:33 - Overall Thoughts

    Written Review
    Benchmark Tests

    Pixelbook Pen

    Updated Samsung ATIV Book

    Technical Specifications:
    Google Pixelbook:
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    - i5 7Y54 Processor (Kaby Lake)
    - 1.2 GHz - 3.2GHz (Turbo Boost) CPU Frequency
    - (Lower Base CPU Frequency, Higher Turbo Frequency)
    - 8GB RAM
    - 128GB SSD

    Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus:
    - http://amzn.to/2huIXco
    - i7 4500U Processor (Haswell)
    - 1.8 GHz - 3GHz (Turbo Boost) CPU Frequency
    - (Higher Base CPU Frequency, Lower Turbo Frequency)
    - 8GB RAM
    - 256GB SSD

    Do you have an ultrabook running CloudReady (Chrome OS) and are you considering purchasing the new Google Pixelbook but wondering about performance and features? This video should help.

    This is shot on a Google Pixel XL in 4k in low light.

    Summary (TL;DW):
    The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus i7 was $1,600 (could probably buy new for $1,300 now?) and a tad bit more performant in certain areas. For the most part, they were identical. You can see the baseline 1.6GHz (Samsung) working better than the 1.2GHz on the Pixelbook in basic scenarios. When you actually do a test though, the Pixelbook picks it up and has the higher clock speed in turbo and is more performant.

    The issue I faced was I wish it was a bit more judicious with the turbo mode because I did sense some slowdown occasionally for fairly basic things. Maybe this will be improved via software.
    Overall, love the hardware of the Pixelbook, it's such a joy and has so many well engineered facets to it. The double tap to show battery percentage on either LED next to each USB C port. Yes, you can charge the laptop in either port and each have an LED which is awesome.

    Boot speed is day/night. Pixelbook is up and going in 3 seconds while CloudReady/Samsung took 15+ seconds.

    At the end of the day I really love the Pixelbook and I'm using it more and more. Performance-wise, I'm not impressed compared to my daily being the Samsung ATIV Ultrabook. But it's an i7 U series and has higher baseline so maybe those results should have been expected. If I were to choose between the Pixelbook or getting a nice Windows Ultrabook to throw CloudReady on it, I'd go for the Pixelbook. Save the $300 and spend it on some Pixel Buds, a nice case, and the Pen.
    Now I was very surprised at how well optimized CloudReady really is, I was expecting more out of the Pixelbook power-wise based on performance optimizations I figured existed with Chrome OS and Google having the hardware. That's where I'm hoping software updates will just make the processor go in turbo more often which will make it perform better because I think that's all I really want.

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