Everyone needs a tablet that can perform as a laptop. But not every laptop can be Microsoft Surface. The Apple iPad Pro tries to be one but lacks to fulfill the equation of a Windows machine. However, we are introduced to a new device called Google Pixel Slate that claims to be better than any tablets out there (at least that what the price indicates).
So here we are with a review of a device that’s a mirror image of an iPad Pro. Priced nearly the same, Google Slate approaches the writing and web surfing goals faster and quicker. But it lacks on many fronts and to sum it all up, we have to dive deep to review it.
Whose Laptop Is It?
Unlike the Pixelbook from Google, Pixel Slate is a convertible laptop running along the Microsoft Surface Pro’s functionality. The device runs on the Chrome OS that leans it towards a Google Pixel phone-like feel. But as good as the idea sounds on paper, the execution just disappoints you. So, why would someone shed $599(£549) for this device? If the device is aimed at everyone, the price segment fails, if it’s aimed at computer pros, Microsoft Surface Pro or any other Windows 10 laptop beats it, and if it’s out there for people looking for a stellar laptop, then why not an iPad Pro.
We are not saying that it is not a good laptop but when you have better competitors, it’s important to put out something to beat them. It is out to define Google Chromebook’s future and we can never say that the idea of a Chrome tablet is bad.
What’s Undeniably Good in Google Pixel Slate?
A Laptop-Perfect Keyboard
We get two keyboard options with the Google device. First one is Google’s own Pixel Slate keyboard priced at $199 and another one is the G-Type priced at $160 and manufactured by Brydge. Both the keyboards are perfect with large trackpads and most importantly smooth, fast functionality.
While Pixel Slate works great on tables, it fails on your laps. The magnetic rear that works as a stand, is meant for plane surfaces and not laps. Here’s where Apple iPad Pro wins with a good lap-usable keyboard.
About Brydge G-Type, it has a better keypad but lacks in terms of making Pixel Slate a tablet. Furthermore, the keys are not backlit. So, here’s a confused mind, with two keyboards, with their own goods and bads.
A Desktop-Chrome on Pixel Slate
As a businessman, internet with a fast network and browser is everything you need. The Chrome version in Pixel Slate does exactly that offering you desktop-version of Chrome. Open as many tabs as you want without any hassle. This is where Apple iPad Pro gets beaten due to its lack of an office-friendly functionality. While connected to a keyboard, it proves to be a great laptop for official use.
Fingerprint Reader: An added perk
Sign in with just a finger. That’s what Pixel Slate offers you. Though it’s not meant for any other use, a fingerprint sensor is still a good option, if not great. However, we still think Face ID is better with a next level work on the software.
A Good Battery Life
With solely depending on its internet surfing ability, the Google Pixel Slate offers a decent one whole day on a full charge. Notably, it lasted this long with continuous gameplay and video streaming.
The Display: Worth Mentioning
The Pixel Slate sports a high-resolution, 12.3-inch screen called a “Molecular Display”. The tablet has a 3,000×2,000-pixel resolution that is brilliant from the front. However, we can notice washed off text and colors at angular visions.
Two USB-C Ports
If you have to compare deeply, it still has two USB-C ports against iPad Pro’s one. That offers you the ability to use a headphone, or external storage drive, or anything else while charging the Pixel Slate.
What’s Undeniably Bad?
Chromebooks came out as dream laptops as just $200 premium devices. But, let’s agree that with advancements, you have to go higher.
However, you are not getting any keyboard or pen with the device and still, it is priced at $599. We were expecting a device hardly reaching $400 with accessories included. iPad Pro-level prices are not going to help buyers and maybe, Google will lose some of the very important mid-range markets.
Moreover, $599 is just for the base 32 GB internal storage model. There’s a $1,000 version with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD, that’s power-driven by Core i5. Too pricey? Add a $199 Pixel Slate keyboard and $100 Pixelbook Pen that’s sold separately.
Other Disadvantages: No 3.5mm and No MicroSD Card Support
As soon as we talk about the disappearing 3.5mm jack, we start to think about those incredible headphones and audio devices that we own with a similar jack. It is something never appreciated by a tech-lover and our stand on it stays the same.
Moreover, while we are paying $599 for a 32GB SSD internal storage, we are stuck with the same battery life. It is annoying not to have a MicroSD card slot in a tablet.
The device is solely intended for people with corporate life but unfortunately, Google is lagging behind in that segment too. We are waiting to see the response from the market of the Chrome OS admirers.