Google has now made an official sleeve for its Pixelbook Chromebook available to buy through the Google Store. The listing for this item actually went live back in December although since then the ability to purchase the product remained unavailable. Likewise, in spite of the listing having been live for the last few weeks there were no details provided on the price with the listing simply stating it was “coming soon.” That has now changed though with the Google Store page updated with the option to buy, while also confirming the new Sleeve for Google Pixelbook will cost buyers $100.
This is a fairly high price for what is essentially a case for the Pixelbook but the Pixelbook itself is not exactly the most affordable of products to begin with. To further put the price into a bit more perspective, the Google Store does already sell an alternative case for the Pixelbook - Bellroy Sleeve for Google Pixelbook - and this one is priced at $89. While not quite as high as the new Sleeve, it is high enough to make the two products comparable on price. In either case and considering this is an accessory designed to protect what's already a heavy Chromebook investment, the price is likely to be worth it to those who want a product that is not only purpose-made for the Pixelbook, but also an original Google product. The last point is one to note as Google is marketing this as an ideal cover for the Pixelbook due to it adopting the same premium style and materials, including “layered microfiber for a beautiful finish that’s smooth to the touch.” Furthermore, the microfiber is in use for both the inside and outside of the sleeve.
Price aside, the new Sleeve features a magnet-based locking mechanism which will make it quicker and easier to close, and for those who not only have purchased the Pixelbook but also the additional Pixelbook Pen accessory, the new Sleeve does include a compartment purpose-designed for keeping the Pen safe and sound. For those who prefer a choice of color, this is something that is currently not on offer with the Sleeve only available in one color - Stone.