I tried the Pixelbook Go, Google’s new $649 budget Chromebook — here are my first impressions

It looks nothing like the original Pixelbook — and that's okay.

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If you're looking for a high-end device like the Pixelbook, you'll be disappointed by the Go. It doesn't come with a stylus and it doesn't work with the Pixelbook Pen. It doesn't fold backward into a tablet. Instead of a 13.3-inch 1600p touchscreen, it has a fairly standard 1080p LCD panel.

In essence, the Pixelbook Go doesn't look like a high-end 2-in-1; it looks like a standard Chromebook with the Google logo in the corner.

One of the design choices Google's most excited about is the ridged bottom — it's textured like a Ruffle chip. This is supposed to keep the device from slipping and sliding. I didn't have much trouble pushing a unit across a flat table, but the ridges do seem sturdy enough that they might hold the device in place on an angled surface.

The Pixelbook Go is also compact, weighing just 2.3 pounds. Despite the fact that it's not a 2-in-1 device, carrying it around feels like carrying a tablet.

Other than that, there's not much that stands out about the Pixelbook Go's design, in either a good or a bad way. The screen sports visible, but not enormous bezels. There are speaker grilles on each side of the keyboard. The outside is plain black, with just a large G in the corner for decoration. The Go also comes in a pinkish hue called "not pink," but you can't buy that version yet. Among devices like the Samsung Chromebook Pro and the Acer Chromebook Spin 13, it wouldn't look out of place.

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