The Pixelbook is a beautiful, powerful 2-in-1, with specs that stand up against any Windows ultraportable and a body barely larger than an iPad Pro. Reviewers claim that $999 is a lot of money for a ChromeOS device, but the Pixelbook is worth the price.
Although Chrome OS is competent at handling web-based workloads, by design it's light on features compared to a full desktop operating system, which is presumably where many of its users are coming from. Fortunately, if you're on Google's operating system and wish it was a little more flexible, it's possible to install a fully functional copy of Linux on many Chrome devices.
The idea of getting work done from a Chromebook seemed unlikely when my editor first asked me about reviewing one. Much to my surprise, a browser-based operating system isn't as boxed in as I thought it would be, while $200 worth of hardware isn't as underwhelming as I expected for everyday performance.
The Acer Chromebook 14 is a svelte machine that aims for a perfect blend of style, features and performance. It looks and feels 'premium' but unlike the Pixel, this laptop comes in at just $300, powered by a quad-core Intel Celeron N3160 processor and Intel HD Graphics 400 alongside 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB of flash storage.