Pixel Slate Review: Best Chrome Tablet or Decent Android Laptop?

by birtanpublished on May 28, 2021

Google's been reimagining when a Chromebook would be for the past several years the fruition of all that effort is the pixel slate it's a Chrome tablet and it's an Android tablet and it does a really good job at both let's take a good look at it when you see that Google's made a Chromebook you expect at least one thing for to be incredibly well built the pixel slate sports a twelve point three inch molecular LCD display that's patented by Google by the way it also has a fingerprint sensor which any good tablet Android Chrome or otherwise

Should have it's also ridiculously thin and for a 12 inch tablet it's really light of course Google also makes two vital accessories the first is a pen like we saw for the original pixel book and a keyboard cover folio style the model that Google sent us has an eighth generation Intel Core i5 processor eight gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of storage all of that fits inside a chassis that's only seven millimeters thick there are also several other options available starting at $5.99 for an Intel Celeron version going the whole way up to $1,600 for an eighth

Generation Intel Core i7 and a whopping 256 gigabytes of storage needless to say the model that Google sent us really flies it just chews through everything we've thrown at it just as you would expect it to do with that much hardware under the glass let's talk for a moment about that twelve point three inch molecular LCD display the picture is incredibly sharp thanks to that 3000 by 2,000 resolution the colors are spot on the display really is one of the best we've ever seen until you get it out in the bright Sun it has a bit of a glare problem not sure if that's a coating

Over the glass or part of being molecular and of course it also has ten finger multi-touch and support for the pixel book and once you've got the tablet booted up and everything's running you may notice a slightly tweaked and new version of Chrome Waltz attached to the keyboard the user interface looks pretty much the same as what we have now with no keyboard attached the new UI looks a lot like Apple's iPad that's not a bad thing it's easy to navigate through the interface to see your shortcut for documents or apps or anything else

You might have on the Chromebook chrome has undergone a lot of changes in the past year or so and the pixel slate seems to be the culmination of all that work on the software side the pixel slate is really nice because of how the interface changes when you remove the keyboard and the size and the general shape of the device you'll notice that it's a tablet it's meant to be a tablet it's not a Chromebook that you can flip over off the hinges and use it like a tablet with the keys on the back this is Google's new tablet and it does a really good job you have a desktop version of

The Chrome browser that means you can install extensions or you can visit the Chrome Web Store and it also runs Android apps from Google Play so you have the best of both worlds when you match up the great hardware of the pixel slate the slightly tweaked version of Chrome that makes it better to use it with your fingers and the apps you already use and you already love the pixel slate is one hell of a good tablet it's also a really big tablet unless you've used a big tablet like the bigger iPad or one of Samsung's 12-inch models you're really in for a shocker

The first time you pick this thing up it's beautiful and it runs the apps you love but it's also really really big there is a thing we really didn't like about the pixel slate though and that's it's lap ability factor or lack of the keyboard cover didn't ship with the pixel it's $199 accessory and like most people I thought that was a strange decision but now that I've used it for a while I'm okay with that this wasn't meant to be a convertible or a two-in-one or a laptop this was meant to be a tablet but let's be honest there are

Gonna be times where it'd be great to have a keyboard paired with the slate and unless you're sitting at a desk or a table and everything is just the right height you're not gonna love it the magnetic cover is infinitely adjustable you can get the screen it just about any angle you want but it's also very top-heavy and unless the entire bottom is well supported it's not going to sit still and the experience is bad I think the worst thing about this is it didn't have to be this way we've already seen Microsoft Surface go granted it's a smaller device

But the way the cover attaches makes it really easy to use it on your lap we wish the slate had been the same way if you buy the keyboard because sometimes you do need a keyboard you will be happy to know that it's a good keyboard it has circular backlit and very quiet keys with just enough travel throat to type comfortably it attaches easily and there's no fiddly wireless setup just snap it in and off you go you can't help but compare the pixels late to last year's pixel book the displays about the same size but that's where the similarity really ends it comes down to

The experience you want if you want to tablet the pixel slate is a much better device if you want a laptop the pixel book is the better choice kind of great how they have a device for each category isn't it the pixel slate might be one of the best tablets you can buy today but it's not the only tablet you can buy today we've seen HP in particular offer models that are detachable that make a great tablet and a great laptop and at a much lower price the old adage you get what you pay for has to come to mind sometimes that's true and sometimes it's not in this case

It's a little different if you're willing to pay Google's price you do get hardware that's out of this world and a generation at least newer than anything any of the competition is using if that's what you're looking for that's what you're gonna have to pay for the pixel slate is for you we always ask ourselves did Google get it right I think they did because of the expectations they had for the pixels late they're not trying to sell millions and millions of these this is a halo device to show the world how good a Chrome tablet can be and if that it's an

Astounding success you

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