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There Is A Place To Store Your Pixelbook Pen When At The Desk

If you’ve watched our Pixelbook vs. Samsung Chromebook Pro video, you’ll note that one of the victories Samsung scored over our current favorite Chromebook is the availability of a silo in the device where the pen can live.

It sounds like a small thing, but if you keep a stylus pen around most times, you really need a place to put it. This becomes especially poignant if the pen you use is perfectly round.

Superior To A Point

The Pixelbook Pen is – by all counts – better than the Samsung Pen when you are using it. It feels better, more natural, and has a few tricks that the Samsung Pen doesn’t. It is an overall great experience…while you are using it.

The moment you put it down, however, things can get a bit dicey. Without a magnet like Microsoft’s Surface Pen or a silo to go into like Samsung’s, the Pixelbook pen is left without a place to chill while not in use. This is an unfortunate trait the pen experience shares with the Apple Pencil, and it has a few negative side-effects.

First, at a coffee shop or simply an uneven table, your pen has a tendency to freely roll away. It is clunky and annoying.

Second, because of the first point, I don’t get into the habit of taking my Pixelbook Pen out at all times when using the Pixelbook. Frankly, I don’t want to worry about it rolling away on me, so I tend to default to leaving it in the case.

A Fix For Now

We reported earlier this week that Google is providing ALL Pixelbook owners with a free pen loop that will give users a place for their pen to live, but so far we haven’t seen those peripherals start shipping out. If you are reading this and haven’t already, you need to take advantage of this deal

Until that time, we’ve stumbled upon a little trick to give you a place to stash your pen once you’ve set up your Pixelbook for a work/play session.

On the top of the lid, behind the screen, on the side with the G logo, there is a magnet that is present to keep the convertible closed when in tablet mode. It isn’t super-strong nor is it meant for this use-case. However, you can use it to hold up your Pixelbook Pen.

With the point facing down, simply touch the pen to the back of the screen portion and voila! Your pen will automagically attach.

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The hold is very weak and any quick movements will likely cause the pen to fall off. This isn’t meant as a place to permanently store you pen and it is not an official method from Google.

But is does work pretty well!

It has quickly become my defacto storage spot for the Pixelbook Pen and I am finding myself keeping the pen out and within reach more often than I used to. Once my Google-supplied pen loop shows up, I probably won’t use this method much, but it is still fun and begs the question: Why didn’t Google make a magnetized area for the Pixelbook Pen?

I honestly have no idea.

Robby Payne

Tech junkie. Musician. Web Developer. Coffee Snob. Huge fan of the Google things. Founded Chrome Unboxed because so many of my passions collide in this space. I like that. I want to share that. I hope you enjoy it too.

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  • i wonder what would happen if you put a stronger magnet over the one in the case. gone are the days of the CRT monitor and magnetic disk harddrives. I wonder if it would mess anything up on the chromebook. just thinking outloud as I have no idea if that would actually damage the chromebook. YMMV

  • You can also lay the pen above the keyboard on the right side: a similarly weak magnet there also prevents the pen from rolling away.

  • Google is now giving away a loop to use to store your pen with the Pixel Book. BTW, it is just an excellent laptop. The killer feature is the keyboard and track pad are just heaven. I am old and used a lot of computers and Google has just nailed it.

    My wife has a Samsung Plus and was jealous that she had a compartment to store her pen.

  • You can also stand the pen up on the inside right hand side of the screen... maybe the same magnet? FWIW ;)

  • Good call on using the magnet to hold the pen, but holding the Pixelbook closed is not what the magnet is there for.
    Turn the pen sideways and run it up and down the cover. You'll find one spot where the magnet is. Now take a small magnet and run it up and down the right side of the keyboard. At the exact spot corresponding to where the magnet is on the cover, you'll find that the magnet turns off the lights, both screen and backlight. So when the cover is closed, the screen and backlight go off to save power. That's a fairly standard feature in notebooks of the past several years.

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