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Pixelbook and MacBook Pro undergo our analysis to see what is better

Pixelbook and MacBook Pro

The competition between Pixelbook and MacBook Pro is not just any matter, since we are not here talking about two common laptops. They are to put it in some way the best reservations, both Google and Apple, which makes us take this comparison very seriously. Apple used to always give our best for the price we paid. But competition has grown. And a lot.

And is that the new Chromebook premium Google is here. It's called Pixelbook, and it's a striking notebook, with a bold design that could make you question your decision to buy that 13-inch MacBook Pro that you already had in mind. Somehow, these computers were created with the same type of buyer in mind: someone who wants their laptop to not only work well, but also look good.

Now, particularly in terms of software and operating systems, these are two very different portable computers, and can serve very different purposes. Therefore, before you make the leap to the Chrome operating system, or before you open your wallet to buy an Apple, read this comparative article between Pixelbook and MacBook Pro carefully before deciding. Surely you will thank us in the end.

specs

MacBook Pro

Google Pixelbook

Google Pixelbook

Dimensions11.97 x8.36 x 0.59 (inches)11.4 x 8.7 x 0.40 (inches)
Weight3.0 pounds2.4 pounds
KeyboardFull size backlitFull size backlit
Processor7th generation Intel Core i77th generation Intel Core i7-7Y57
RAM8GB or 16GB8GB or 16GB
Graphics

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650

Intel HD Graphics 620
screen13.3 inch LED-backlit with IPS technology12.3 inch LED-backlit with IPS technology
Resolution2,560 x 1,600 (227 ppi)2,400x 1,600 (235 ppi)
StorageUp to 512GB with SSDUp to 512GB with SSD
Connections802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2
PortsThunderbolt 3 USB-C (2) – no Touch Bar version

Thunderbolt 3 USB-C (4) – Touch Bar version

USB-C 3.1 (2), headphone jack
Webcam720p FaceTime HD camera720p webcam
Operating systemMacOS High SierraChrome OS
Battery54.5 watt hour41watt-hour
Price$ 1,299 +$ 1,000 +
AvailabilityNow (Apple Store)Basic model now (Google Play Store)

Design

To start, good news. Whether you're looking for something at Dell, Microsoft or HP, the design has finally become an important aspect of today's laptops, which we all appreciate.

In fact, Pixelbook and MacBook Pro are two of the most beautiful and unique laptops ever made. The 13-inch MacBook Pro looks quite similar to previous versions, especially outdoors. It has the aluminum chassis unibody Classic, which has become a true cone of the MacBook line.

However, once you open it, you will see beveled frames, the expanded TouchPad, the shallow keys and the thinner body. Some models also offer the Touch Bar, a small OLED touch screen that shows contextual options.

The Google Pixelbook brings a new design that seems to be combined with the look of Pixel smartphones. On the cover, you will find the same two-tone scheme in aluminum and glass, a design language that is also seen inside, through the keyboard and palm rest. The only part of the design that looks different is the somewhat thick bezels that surround the 12.3-inch screen.

Pixelbook and MacBook ProJulian Chokkattu / Digital Trends

When comparing these laptops, the two most notable differences are the bezels that surround their screens, as well as their total weights. The MacBook Pro weighs 3.02 pounds, while Pixelbook weighs only 2.43 pounds. It's not as light as the 12-inch MacBook, but it's very light anyway. Therefore, it is certainly difficult to choose between these two, and we believe that both offer good systems.

Although we are left with the classic MacBook Pro. While the Pixelbook is attractive, it has some small peculiarities, such as a slippery glass panel on the screen lid that can make it difficult to keep in your hand. Touch and grip, the MacBook Pro feels more secure.

Winner: MacBook Pro

Characteristics

The Pixelbook is a portable computer with a 360-degree hinge, which means that its cover can be folded in tablet mode. That also means that Pixelbook comes with a touch screen and a stylus (for $ 100 extra), two features that the MacBook Pro lacks.

Unlike the rest of the computer industry, Apple has resisted the trend of manufacturing laptops with touch screens. Instead, you have introduced the Touch Bar as an alternative. The Touch Bar is a small OLED touch screen that shows the contextual options (where the Function keys are usually). However, this alternative has not worked out as well as they expected.

Pixelbook and MacBook Pro

Although Chrome OS is not designed with the touch screen in mind, the ability to add Android applications makes the touch Be an excellent input method in Pixelbook. To make things even better, Pixelbook has a frankly impressive screen, with an even better pixel density than the MacBook Pro screen.

In terms of ports, the two laptops come into the future with USB-C, leaving behind the archaic world of USB-A. They also come with a power port, HDMI, SD card, Ethernet and any other port that has come in an earlier model. Actually, Google and Apple seem to be quite aligned in their selection of ports. The base Pixelbook and MacBook Pro have two USB-C ports, although the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has four ports.

Winner: Pixelbook

performance

The Pixelbook comes with a standard Intel Core i5-7Y57 processor, upgradeable to Core i7. While it is still a capable processor, it is not the standard Core i5 processor that is seen in many Windows and Mac laptops. Even so, the Core i5-7Y57 is a good combination for Pixelbook. Now, if you want to entertain yourself with very intense graphics games, or edit videos in 4K, you probably won't be interested in a Chromebook. In the tasks for which Chromebooks are designed, Pixelbook does not take any further steps.

On the contrary, the MacBook Pro really uses a standard Core i5 processor and can be upgraded to Intel Core i7 with a “Turbo Boost” of up to 4.0GHz. While you'll have to resort to the 15-inch version for a more decent graphics card, the 13-inch MacBook Pro doesn't disappoint in performance. In fact, in our single-core test in GeekBench 4, the MacBook Pro achieved better results than all of its competitors, including heavy weights such as the Surface Book with Performance Base and the Lenovo Yoga910. The games on the MacBook Pro are still not up to our wishes, but creative professionals should be happy with what they get in this notebook.

Pixelbook and MacBook Pro

While both machines can do what they say, the MacBook Pro is a more capable laptop in terms of performance. He is the clear winner in this category.

Winner: MacBook Pro

Battery life

The online laptops of Chromebook and MacBook are known for their resilience. While some of the standard benchmarks do not work in the Chrome operating system, for our review of the Pixelbook we run the Basemark browser benchmark to see what it can do. The Pixelbook obtained surprisingly good results, lasting four hours and ten minutes, beating competitors such as the Surface Proy and the 12-inch MacBook. The MacBook Pro's battery life is on par with similar 13-inch laptops, but it doesn't exceed our expectations. Apple alone is the leader in this category, but its numbers remain the same as those of the competition.

This is what ultimately matters: both the Pixelbook and the MacBook Pro claim a battery life of 10 hours. Having done our tests, we estimate that the Pixelbook will reach that mark more reliably.

Winner: Pixelbook

software

The software experience on these two computers is very different. The MacBook Pro runs MacOS, a complete desktop operating system, while Chrome OS delivers a reduced software experience, which results in limited functionality. You cannot open Chrome and simply download your favorite software application with Chrome OS. Your access will be limited to what is available in the browser and in the form of extensions in the Chrome Web Store. Of course, Google has expanded access to Google Play Store applications, which is still good news.

Pixelbook and MacBook ProJulian Chokkattu / Digital Trends

You can do more with these options than you think, especially with the addition of compatibility of Android applications. For some, the idea of ​​accessing a large number of Android applications and games on a laptop may sound attractive, especially since it is something Apple has hesitated to do with its own App Store and MacOS. However, MacOS is a much more expansive system, and in which Apple is constantly updating and working. We still haven't seen that kind of commitment from Google.

Winner: MacBook Pro

Price and settings

Neither are cheap. In both cases, you can find alternatives, such as the excellent Dell XPS 13 or the Samsung Chromebook Pro. What you are paying with the MacBook Pro and the Pixelbook is its design premium, the brand and the exclusive features.

The cheap MacBook Proms is the 13.3-inch version without a $ 1,300 dollar Touch Bar with 128 GB of SSD storage. The Pixelbook entry level configuration starts at $ 1,000 dollars, and comes with 128 GB of SSD storage. Both laptops (at this price) use the Intel Core 7th-gen i5 CPU, and come with 8 GB of RAM.

Winner: Draw

Overall winner: MacBook Pro

Pixelbook and MacBook ProDigital Trends

The Pixelbook is an impressive attempt that Google has made to show the world that it goes very seriously with its Chromebook. Everything from the quality of its manufacture, its screen and even the details of its keyboard, have been meticulously designed to please.

But despite the fact that Chrome OS has come a long way from where it was (and although Apple has stumbled upon the launch of the Touch Bar), the MacBook Pro is a much less limited computing experience, especially for just $ 200 dollars more. Therefore, while we are talking about the model without Touch Bar, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is our favorite laptop.

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