The pen experience on the Pixelbook is about average Wacom AES. You can use any AES stylus and I don't recommend the Pixel Pen (Lenovo's is good), but you'll need to get a stick-on loop to have it at the ready. I owned a Samsung Chromebook Pro for a short while and, as expected, the Wacom EMR - in silo - was far better. For note taking I think the PB is about as good, and there are a few features which integrate Google Assistant via the pen (none of which I use - in fact, I don't use GA at all), but if art or even a smoother writing experience and an in-silo storage is important for you, and it appears performance, storage and RAM are not - I'd probably go with the Chromebook Pro over the Pixelbook. The Chromebook Plus has a downgraded screen (vs. the Pro, the Pixelbook, and the first version of the Plus, all of which used the same, excellent panel), I don't believe it has a backlit keyboard (Pro does, I believe) and, most importantly, the Plus went from a very marginal SOC cpu to Intel Celeron, whereas the CB Pro has at least m Class cpu choices. Bottom line: As a general Yoga-style laptop, the Pixelbook is the best designed and manufactured piece of hardware - bar none! - I've ever encountered. You can now get more power - or the same - but with an EMR pen en silo with the Acer Spin 13 and lower performance and RAM (4GB vs 8GB) but still a smooth operating Yoga style device with EMR en silo with the Samsung CB Pro. The Slate has upgraded hardware options (which I think you said you don't need/want), a far superior screen but keyboard options that involve tradeoffs; it is also absurdly high priced. Beyond that, you have a use case which is highly unusual in that it is part of a trial, short lasting and not involving criteria that many chromebook buyers may consider important - especially since Windows dual booting is expected to be included in Chromeos 73, by February. Keep the questions coming if you have more!