The Pixelbook Go: Benchmarks and Performance
Testing a Chromebook differs from our typical laptop testing, of course. The machine is fundamentally different than the typical Windows or Mac system, so we're only unable to run some of the benchmarks we normally employ here at Hot Hardware. However, there are plenty of browser-based tests out there, and we used several of them to see how the Pixelbook Go stacked up against a selection of machines, including a few heavy-hitters such as the Core i5 MacBook Air, and a Core i7-powered Dell XPS 13.
Speedometer runs a series of demo applications, attempting to mimic keyboard and mouse actions while synchronously executing a large number of workload iterations. The Pixelbook Go performed poorly here, but it did handily outperform the MacBook Air, turning in a score of 85.80 (the MacBook scored 76.8). While the other systems beat the Pixelbook Go's scores, the Pixelbook Go was really not that far off the mark, coming close to the scores of the HP Spectre x360 (87.2) and Asus ZenBook 3 UX390U (89.2).
Overall, the Pixelbook Go posted mediocre scores in most of the benchmarks, but that was to be expected when pitting a Chromebook against full-featured Windows and Mac systems, many of them featuring more advanced multi-core CPU platforms. The surprise here, really, was that the Pixelbook Go scored as well as it did. It held its own in several of the tests against machines boasting more powerful CPUs and graphics, many of which cost a good deal more than the Pixelbook Go. Although not a top contender in these specialized tests, the new Chromebook showed up and held its own.