Free Pixelbook Pen with Pixelbooks (all three options in-stock)

At the moment, the Pixelbooks at Amazon come with a FREE Pixelbook Pen ($99 price), in other words, you pay the same price whether you get the bundle with or without the Pixelbook Pen. This is available in the “i5, 8 GB RAM, 128GB” for $999, and the “i5, 8 GB RAM, 256GB” for $1199. But that’s not all, the “i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB)” is also in-stock for $1649 and participating in this promotion. With free shipping.

Google Pixelbook + $50 Gift Card + 6 months of Netflix for $899

The early bird catches the Pixelbook! The new condition Google Pixelbook (i5, 8GB, 128GB) is on sale for $899 (instead of starting price of $999) at Amazon by Amazon itself with up to three per customer at the sale price. But that’s not all, you also get a FREE $50 Amazon Gift Card. Simply add both the Pixelbook and the $50 gift card to the shopping cart and proceed to checkout. While this offer is running, the price of the gift card will be automatically deducted by the shopping cart.

This only applies to the Pixelbooks sold and shipped by Amazon itself – as it is often the case with these type of promotions. You can find the offer mentioned under the “Special offers and product promotions” part of the product page.

The bundle with the Pixelbook Pen is also discounted by $100 but does not get the $50 Amazon gift card. But fear not, you can buy the Pixelbook Pen on its own for $99, which is the difference between the two bundles anyway.

UPDATE: this dropped to $1100…

The 256GB Pixelbook is discounted too, from $1200 to $1100 [WAS $1120] and it is also eligible for the FREE $50 Amazon Gift Card. The bundle with the Pixelbook Pen goes for $99 more and does not get the free gift card, so if interested you can buy the Pixelbook Pen on its own for $99…

IF you are a PRIME STUDENT, they have a promotion that gets you 10% off. I don’t have a Prime Student account, so I can’t test it.


The above are what Amazon gives you. After you receive the laptop and activate it, and BEFORE 12/31/17, you can get the FREE Chromebook Offers. The Pixelbook is eligible for:

+ 6 months of Netflix (a $66~ store credit)
+ two years of additional 100GB Google Drive
+ $60 game currency for the Asphalt 8 game


This is currently sold-out: For about half the price of the Pixelbook, you can get the Samsung Chromebook PRO which we mentioned a couple of days ago and it continues to be in-stock. The PLUS continues to be out of stock.

IF you prefer Chromebooks from other than these companies, there are a few more that participate in the $50 Gift Card promotion as well…

$300 off the LG V30 or Google Pixel 2s with 24mo Verizon Installment Plan

Two of the top Android cameraphones at the moment are having a promotion running at Verizon Wireless. The promotion is a $300 off promo credit when you purchase either the LG V30 or the Pixel 2s (Pixel 2 or 2 XL) with a 24-month installment plan. The discount will be a monthly discount during each one of the 24 months. At the end of the 24 months, you will have a $300 off discount on the phone price. You own the phone at the end of the 24 months, it is not a lease. Credit check and Verizon plan required for this.

The discount is not available on an outright purchase of the phones. Only when purchased with a 24-month installment plan. These are the “Nu Contracts” 🙂

As usual, check terms, conditions, restrictions, etc before buying.

Pre-order new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones

The new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones crash-landed at the very top of the Dxomark Mobile Rankings with a score of 98, topping the camera modules of the latest iPhones and Galaxies [iPhone X not measured yet since it’s not released yet]. Check further down the DxoMark page if you want to see the bar-chart and pros/cons summary.

These new phones are now available for pre-ordering at the official Google Store and also at Project Fi and also at Verizon Wireless with an optional trade-in promotion up to $300.

Prices are $649 (64GB) and $749 (128GB) for the Pixel 2, and $850 (64GB) and $950 (128GB) for the Pixel 2 XL.

All of these early pre-orders qualify for a free “Google Home Mini” (the new donut shaped one, priced $49 brand new).

PS: speaking of smartphones, the previous generation Sony XZ (unlocked, USA warranty, 32GB) is on sale for $350 in two different colors by Amazon herself.

Google Pixel Book invades Amazon

One of the brand new Google products announced yesterday [you can re-live our live-tweeting of the event if you have already finished reading the Yellow Pages] is now available for purchase at one of Google’s current bitter frenemy rivals, Amazon! The two i5 versions of the Google Pixel Book (2017) are available for pre-ordering for $999 (i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) or for $1199 for the 256GB storage version. Amazon’s release date estimate for these is October 31st.

The third model is not available for pre-order yet, not even at the Google Store where it reveals the price of the i7 model (16GB RAM, 512GB storage), it is $1649. That’s $650 more than the base model.

Note that the PixelBook Pen is NOT included with the devices. You have to purchase it separately for $99.

Needless to say, you can get a better value with other ChromeOS devices [eg Samsung Chromebook PRO for $500] or Windows laptops, this is more of a prestige flagship in the world of Chrome OS and ChromeDroid. During the keynote they showed someone using the Adobe Lightroom Android app on this to do their lightrooming.


Another interesting thing that could potentially have Google go head to head with Samsung in 2018 or beyond: the development of the stylus pen for the PixelBook could also make its way into the Pixel smartphone line.

So perhaps the Pixel Ultra “meeting” that was teased by Google employees during the Keynote is actually this: a Pixel phone with a PixelBook Pen, a direct competitor to the Galaxy Note 8 line! Or that “Ultra” could have been a sly shot at the “iPhone X”.

Pre-order new Google Pixel Book starting at $999

If you missed our live-tweeting of the Google Pixel 2017 event, you can relive it with a Twitter thread. Some of the products revealed are already available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo as follows:

+ Google PixelBook for $999 (i5, 8GB, 128GB) or $1200 (256GB)
+ the i7 is not priced yet, so it cannot be pre-ordered

+ Google Home Mini for $49

+ the Google Home MAX is not available for pre-ordering yet

Google Pixel (Verizon Wireless) for 24 monthly $10/mo installments [or Pixel XL for 24 monthly $20/mo]

Since smartphone cameras have improved dramatically over the years, I will now also include them under the “Other Cameras” umbrella blog-category.

Which brings us to a flagship smartphone promotion, Verizon Wireless is offering the new condition 32GB Google Pixel smartphone on a 24-month installment plan for $10 per month for 24 months on an installment plan. The total price you would pay over the 24 months is $240. This is done using 24 monthly bill credits that bring the price down. You are billed $27.08 per month (the phone’s regular price) but you get $17.08 bill credits monthly, making it $10 per month. It’s basically a faux-contract of sorts… Also eligible for the promotion is the 128GB version which comes out to $15 per month for 24 months after the bill credits. You can adjust colors and storage size on that listing…

Meanwhile the larger 32GB Pixel XL is offered for $20 per month for 24 months, in a similarly structured promotion. The 128GB Pixel XL goes for $25 per month.

UPDATE: the same $10 per month for 24 months on an Installment plan is also offered for the Samsung Galaxy S7.