The Pixel Slate’s Chrome OS is rough and unpolished. It’s cheap pricing also left me wanting, especially because the pricey Pixel Slate Keyboard cover is almost vital for work. I’d avoid this one for the time being, or at least until Google updates the OS or lowers the price. Read till the end of this post to know more about Google Pixel Slate Review.
In comparison to comparable Chromebook devices, the Google Pixel Slate is outstanding. Though its boring look isn’t quite runway-ready, its decent specifications make it competitive with laptops and ultrabooks. As far as I can tell, the Chromebook is aimed at ordinary end-users who do light productivity activities. Its outstanding interoperability with low-end technology adds to its major selling point — cost-effectiveness.
This makes determining who the Pixel Slate is intended for challenging. Despite its great technology, most users would get more functionality with a Windows PC at a similar price range. Having said that, the Pixel Slate might have a persuasive influence on introducing Chrome OS to a completely new form factor. Chrome OS might add functionalities when mobile chipsets get more powerful.
Table of Contents
- It’s nice to see a quality detachable. Chromebook
- External peripherals are supported.
- Outstanding battery life
- There are two USB-C ports.
- Silent operation due to passive cooling
- Elegant and cozy keyboard cover
- There are bugs, bugs, and more bugs.
- Pen performance was disappointing.
- Minimal corporate software support, maximum storage of 256GB, and no SD card reader
- Android app support is not yet ready.
Features and software
The Pixel Slate’s Chrome OS is…interesting. I’ll go into great depth about my experience with the Pixel Slate. Do you have your scuba gear? Good. Let’s get started.
Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system that is mostly accessed through the Google Chrome browser. It targets people who spend most of their time online and undertake general productivity tasks. While most professional work is out of the question, Lightroom and Photoshop may still be used to edit images.
This leads us to Chrome OS’s strongest suit: Android app compatibility. If you’ve ever wanted to use your favorite applications on a huge 12″ screen, you’re in luck. Chrome OS, while not flawless, supports practically every popular Android app on the market.
Throttling, thermals, and noise
Because the Pixel Slate is passively cooled, it runs totally silently. The Pixel Slate gets pretty heated due to its passive heatsink. When charging and upgrading apps from the Google Play store at the same time, it gets hot. It became much more heated when I experimented with Lightroom mobile.
That is to be expected. If the surface does not become heated, it indicates that it is not transmitting heat effectively.
Life of the battery
The Pixel Slate can last forever on a single charge thanks to its huge 48Wh battery. It effortlessly got me through my workday, which included writing, emailing, streaming, and social networking. After nearly nonstop use from 9 to 5, it still had 25% of its life remaining.
A 60W USB-C charger is included in the box. The charger may be plugged into the tablet’s USB-C connectors on either side. Charging from 0% to 100% took a little over an hour — an outstanding achievement considering the size of the battery.
I/O and connectivity
Two USB-C ports flank the tablet’s sides, each of which enables charging and can power up to an external 4K monitor.
Google, like Apple, despises the headphone jack and is deleting it from all of its products. The Pixel Slate is the latest device to remove the handy but antiquated connection. There isn’t much flexibility for a computer that Google boasts is “designed for work and pleasure.”
The Pixel Slate’s back camera is unsuitable for photographic practice. Bring this beast to a concert and you’ll be sure to get some chuckles. Nonetheless, it’s still helpful for scanning documents or QR codes on occasion.
The front camera, on the other hand, will find greater use in various VoIP applications, and it finally re-orients to keep you upright regardless of the tablet’s position. This is critical for toggling between docked and tablet modes during video conferences.
The image quality, on the other hand, is less than fantastic. It has a high degree of detail, and the large field of vision is useful for group meetings. However, the white balance and poor exposure seriously distort visibility and colors.
If that’s the case, Google’s Chrome OS needs a lot more development before it can be regarded as reliable enough for higher-level productivity. There is plenty of space for improvement with so many issues and malfunctions. Chrome OS currently resembles a sparsely furnished house without a door. As a result, for the time being, the Google Pixel Slate is firmly positioned as a novelty item. It’s encouraging to see Google making progress, but unless you’re dead bent on a premium Chrome OS experience and can tolerate the problematic software, seek elsewhere. Here is all you need to know about Google Pixel Slate review.
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