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The launch of the Pixelbook Go has certainly got everyone talking about the latest Chromebook on the block. The Pixelbook Go by Google is perfectly designed and well built, but how does it stack up against the much loved HP x 360 Chromebook?
The HP x 360 Chromebook was one of the first Chromebooks to be released that changed everything. We’d been waiting for a new type of Chromebook to be released for some years.
Before then, the Asus C302 was one of the only devices you could buy for a reasonable price. The HP x 360 and a few other devices pushed the Chromebook forward and we’ve not looked back since.
The release of the Pixelbook Go has spiced things up again in the Chromebook market. Why? Well, usually when Google releases a new device it’s generally cutting-edge in every way and this is reflected in the price tag. They release great Chromebooks but the hefty price means the devices are out of reach for some people.
The Pixelbook Go has changed all that. It’s still a fantastic device but the price tag is reasonable; especially from a device made by Google. So let’s see how the Pixelbook Go compares to the HP x 360 Chromebook in this direct Chromebook comparison.
The HP x 360 is a well-built Chromebook and is a pretty compact device when you consider it comes with a 14-inch display. The inside and outer lid are aluminium, but underneath is plastic. Although this should not put anyone off buying the HP x 360. It’s a shame HP did not use aluminium for all of the outer casing because many other devices do in this price range.
When you compare this to the Pixelbook Go, which offers an all-over magnesium body the HP x 360 cannot compete when it comes to pure looks. Also, the decision by Google to use magnesium rather than the usual aluminium means the Pixelbook Go is much lighter at just over 1kg compared to the HP x 360, which weighs in at 1.68kg.
The HP x 360 is 1.6cm thick compared to just over 1.3cm that the Pixelbook go offers. The Pixelbook Go is also more compact than the HP x360, which makes the Pixelbook Go a winner when it comes to owning a truly portable device.
Yes, it’s true that the Pixelbook Go has a smaller display at 13.3-inches compared to the 14-inch you get from the HP x 360. However, the extra display size isn’t going to be that important if you’re looking for a device to use on the go.
It’s worth pointing out though that the Pixelbook Go is a laptop only whereas the HP x 360 is a Hybrid. This means you can use the HP x 360 as either a laptop or tablet thanks to the 360-degree hinges used on the lid.
The Pixelbook Go entry-level model comes with an eighth-generation Intel M3 processor. It comes with 4MB of cache and a base speed of 1.10 GHz but is capable of speeds of up to 3.40 GHz. If you’re prepared to pay more for the mid-range models you’ll get an Intel i5 processor with a slightly higher base speed of 1.30 GHz, which is capable of a maximum speed of 3.90 GHz. However, the price jumps dramatically when moving up from the entry-level model. Find out more about what Pixelbook Go model you should choose.
The HP x 360 entry-level model in the USA comes with an Intel i3 processor, which has a base speed of 2.20 GHz and a maximum speed of 3.40 GHz. In the UK the entry-level model comes with a slightly less powerful Intel Pentium Gold processor, so you need to consider the differences depending on where you live.
When it comes to performance, on paper, the HP x 360 has a slightly better processor when looking at the base speed alone. However, the turbo speed of both devices is the same at 3.40 GHz, so you’ll not really notice much difference between the devices because the Intel i3 processor used on the HP x 360 is a pure entry-level processor from the ‘i’ range family of processors.
RAM & STORAGE
Again, when it comes to the HP x 360 it all depends on where you live. The entry-level model in the UK comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. While the USA entry-level model comes with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
Compare this to the entry-level Pixelbook Go, which offers 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage both in the UK and USA. This means you’re getting exactly the same amount of RAM and storage from both devices if you’re based in the USA. In the UK, the Pixelbook Go offers twice the amount of RAM and storage compared to the entry-level HP x 360 Chromebook.
Both devices have a good display with an HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080. You’ll find both provide great viewing angles, so you’ll have no problem here. However, the Pixelbook Go offers more vivid colours and a brighter display than the HP x 360.
The HP x 360 offers a slightly larger display at 14-inches compared to the Pixelbook Go, which offers a slightly smaller 13-3 inch display. However, you need to consider the difference is not huge and that slightly larger display from the HP x 360 does make it the less portable of the two devices.
However, the HP x 360 does offer Hybrid functionality, so if you want a device that offers both a laptop and tablet in one. Then the HP x 360 is going to win you over compared to the Pixelbook Go.
The keyboard you get with the HP x 360 works perfectly fine but it is no match when comparing it to the Pixelbook Go. The keyboard on the Pixelbook Go is simply fantastic. In fact, It’s possibly the best keyboard available on any laptop you can buy right now.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the HP x 360 keyboard is awful. It’s perfectly acceptable and you’ll have no problems typing on it. However, the Pixelbook Go keyboard is an absolute pleasure to use. Both keyboards are backlit, so you’ll be able to use either Chromebook in the day and night without any problems.
When it comes to connectivity the HP x 360 wins. Not only does it come with Type-C USB connections. It also has the older type USB port, which means you don’t need to worry about using older peripherals that do not come with a Type-C connection as standard.
The Pixelbook Go uses the newer Type-C USB connection, which is definitely the way forward. However, it does mean you’ll have to replace older peripherals if they are not compatible with the Type-C connection on offer.
This alone is not the reason why the HP x 360 wins the Pixelbook Go when it comes to connectivity. The main reason why the HP x 360 has better connectivity is that it comes with a Micro SD slot.
This means you can easily add extra storage at a later date should you need to do so. This may not have been a major concern a few years ago. However, since the launch of Android Apps, the amount of storage you have available is important.
Unfortunately, Google decided to not include a Micro SD slot on the Pixelbook Go, which means it’s impossible to add extra storage using this method in the future. You’ll be able to add extra storage using one of the USB Type-C connections, but it’s not as seamless as simply inserting a Micro SD card.
The HP x 360 is a much-loved Chromebook and you can pick one of these devices up both in the UK and USA at an extremely competitive price. You’ll easily be able to get your hands on the HP x 360 at around £200/$200 less than the entry-level Pixelbook Go.
However, the Pixelbook Go is simply a fantastic device and if I had to recommend between the two models for a friend I’d choose the Pixelbook Go. Sure, it isn’t perfect because it does not offer Hybrid functionality, but I don’t think you really need that from a Chrome OS device today. It comes with a touchscreen, so using Android apps will work perfectly fine. The biggest letdown from the Pixelbook Go is not having a Micro SD slot.
You put all that to one side though, and the Pixelbook Go wins in every other way. It looks beautiful, it’s really compact and super lightweight. Oh yes, that keyboard, well it’s simply stunning.
If you’re on a budget then you’ll get a better deal from buying an HP x 360. If you’ve always wanted to own a Chromebook made by Google. This is definitely now your chance to do so because the Pixelbook Go is very reasonably priced when you consider what it has to offer.
For me, there is simply no contest, It’s the Pixelbook Go all the way.