A few weeks ago, I wrote that I was getting more interested in a Chromebook.
And I got a ton of great feedback from all of you. Thank you for that.
I purchased a Pixelbook and have been using it at the USV office for the last few weeks.
Here are my initial thoughts on it:
1/ I quite like the lack of a desktop OS in the computer. The Pixelbook boots right into the browser and you do everything there. That is great for me and the way I work.
2/ The keyboard took me a bit of getting used to. I am used to the keyboard shortcuts on the Mac and it’s hard to switch away from them.
3/ I still use a Mac at home so it is a bit strange going from one computer to another and back during the day. But it is not terrible.
4/ I would really appreciate a biometric login, like a fingerprint or a face recognition. Having to enter my long and strong Google password every time I wake the computer back up is a challenge. I have heard that the next Pixelbook will come with biometric login. If so, that would be a big improvement in my view.
5/ The size, shape, screen, and weight are all great. It feels roughly equivalent to a MacBook to me.
I plan to continue to use the Pixelbook at the USV office for the foreseeable future. If Google makes one with biometric login, I will get that one instead.
However, I am not yet ready to move my entire computing experience away from the Mac. That is going to take me getting a lot more used to the Pixelbook and ChromeOS. It could happen, but not yet.