Pixelbook with Pen?

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  1. manuelcalavera

    manuelcalavera Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Or, you just install Windows on it.
     
  2. vagabond95

    vagabond95 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Anyone know that this is fanless or something?
    I think we can install windows 10 on it, if this thing has a bios. what do you think??
     
  3. jhoff80

    jhoff80 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Yes it's fanless.

    As for installing Windows, a quick search tells me it's typically not as simple for Chromebooks as just downloading an ISO and installing it, you need to patch the UEFI (which typically apparently requires opening up the case to access a write protect switch/screw).
     
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  4. vagabond95

    vagabond95 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    What about the drawing side?
    I saw something like this today , non detachable 2 in 1, and what i came so, is that when u put the screen upside and keyboard down for tablet mode, the upper bezel of fhe screen is too big, so is not really good for drawing i mean
     
  5. Kumabjorn

    Kumabjorn ***** is back Senior Member

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    Isn't it out now? Can you try them in stores or do you have to buy one blindly from Google directly?

    I guess what I want to know is if someone has had the opportunity to try one yet.
     
  6. COGBABY

    COGBABY Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I've been looking for artist reviews but haven't found one yet.

    It would be just out if interest, because the ChromeOS ecosystem is too small, and Android apps are not necessarily optimized for use with ChromeOS.

    It's very early days for the ChromeOS plus Android thing and it sounds painful at this stage.

    Here is WIRED's review.

    They don't say much about the pen. But apparently it is Wacom AES, which I keep hearing bad things about.
     
  7. WillAdams

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    Wacom AES is okay --- used it for years in my Toshiba Encore 2 Write 10, and would probably still be using it as my main machine if that particular tablet was compatible w/ the Wacom Bamboo Smart for Select 2-in-1 Devices which I optimistically imported from Japan.

    Issues:

    - low hover distance (compared to Wacom EMR)
    - the nuisance of having to purchase batteries every 6--9 months or so
    - misliked how the stylus tip slightly moved inward when using it
     
  8. artistebot

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    then there is the upcoming...Pixelbook Core 17. Likely the most powerful Chrome/Android device ever. Sadly still uses AES...

    16GBram/512ssd/12.3 screen....its like Googles version of a Macbook. If it had EMR I would buy it, but it does not....
     
  9. lovelaptops

    lovelaptops My friends call me Jeff Senior Member

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    I've now owned both the Pixelbook and Samsung Chromebook Pro with EMR. The inking on the CBP is divine, but everything else about the PB is beyond devine! It's just the most gorgeous, perfectly designed, perfectly crafted piece of hardware ever. It would not be a good choice for an artist, but I don't think the CBP would be either. Not good enough art software in the Play store. For note taking AES is fine. It's probably smarter to get a non-Google AES pen both to save $ and because the Google pen is so fat that you couldn't even fit it into a pen loop! I place absolutely zero value on Google Assistant so that part of the pen's functionality means nothing to me. Besides, the button on my Lenovo AES pen launched GA as well. I just don't think GA or Alexa add anything of value to my life and I refuse to give up all my privacy to Google and on the Pixelbook, you can't use the GA function unless you give over all your personal info and browsing history to it.

    Bottom line: it's so very, very, wonderful to have a true laptop with an excellent screen and keyboard that you open up and it's always on and Windows Updates and malware never interfere with. I know when I need Windows and I have two other laptops there for when I need it. Now I'm just trying to decide whether to keep the PB or to get a 2015 Google Pixel LS, which is heavier and doesn't have an active display, but has all the other virtues of a chromebook and has more ports and an SD card. It is entirely incorrect to say that it isn't worth spending $800 on a Chromebook if you are the kind of user that buys premium quality gear because what makes the Pixelbook expensive has nothing to do with the OS it runs and I tried the Asus and Samsung "budget" chromebooks and much of the joy of using one is lost when the hardware quality is mediocre at best. If you can't afford it, don't buy it, but it's silly to say it's not worth as much as a Surface Laptop or Dell XPS13 because it doesn't run Windows - the Pixelbook is so much finer a device than either of those that it easily justifies equivalent pricing. We're entering a weird world of convergent devices between premium Chromebooks and WOA devices.
     
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  10. artistebot

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    Thanks Jeff!

    Your hands-on insight into the Hardware is helpful.


    Maybe some clarity here on what is "good enouph" for you is?

    Yes no full Adobe Photoshop, or Clip Studio Pro but there are several great apps on the Google Play Story for art creation. The popular ones on other platforms such as Sketchbook Pro, ArtRage, Infinite Painter, and MediBang Paint that are just as capable is many ways. Plus a few like ArtFlow that is similar to Procreate or Clover Paint the king of app customization.


    Yup.."nothing to do with the OS it runs"...

    IMHO, The Samsung Tab S3 demonstrates that they can make good quality tablets that run Android.

    Cheers

    JH
     
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