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Evaluation of Google Pixel Slate: Hardware is good, but Chrome OS compatibility is still a problem

via:博客园     time:2018/11/28 20:34:19     readed:401


Although Microsoft has made Surface Pro more productive through a two-in-one approach, the Windows system's poor touch interaction is still criticized by everyone.

So what if it's a two-in-one computer made by Apple or Google?


The answer is: Apple tells us that iOS tablets are also productive through iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard, while Google tells us that Android tablets are infinitely possible through Chrome OS.

And the Pixel Slate we're going to talk about today is Google's masterpiece on two-in-one computers.

Pixel 3, but not many people know it?

Earlier, the Android camp lost the tablet market, allowing Google to turn to Chrome OS and try to save the tablet market through a more PC-like system.


Chrome OS not only runs Android programs, but also changes the chaotic way Android interacts between mobile phones and tablets, making tablet devices a real "computer".


_HP Chromebook X2. Pictures from: Digitaltrends

Earlier, Google worked with Samsung and Acer to launch Chromebook with Chrome OS, which has a good voice in the United States. Last year, Google launched Pixelbook in an attempt to seize the traditional notebook PC market.


This year, the Pixel Slate released by Google is not as loud as the Pixel 3 mobile phone released at the same time. Not many people even know about the product.

But in fact, this is Google's first Chrome OS removable computer (parent son). Morphologically, it's obviously a product born of Microsoft Surface Pro and Apple's iPad Pro.

Hardware is divided into many categories, and it feels a bit confused.

Google still has plenty of hardware on this computer, but it's a bit too much to categorize, and it's easy to get confused (especially for people with choosing difficulties like me).


Fixed first: Pixel Slate is equipped with a 12.3-inch display screen with a resolution of 3000x 2000, with a pixel density of 293 ppi, and the display quality is in the middle. Maximum brightness 400 nit, 72% NTSC gamut coverage.

Processor and storage configuration is a key point, because the machine provides Intel Celeron, Core M3, i5, i7 four-file processor options, are integrated display; memory provides 4 GB/8 GB/16 GB three-file; storage SSD provides 32/64/128/256 GB four-file, the price ranges from $599 to $1599.


Note: There are 2 USB-C interfaces.

In addition, the Pixelbook Pen and the physical keyboard can be paired for $99 and $199, respectively. In other words, if you want a multifunctional PC-like Pixel Slate, you need to pay at least $897 for it (about 6200 yuan).

Of course, you also have many choices for laptops at this price.


The picture is from:The Verge

The editor of The Verge believes that the initial version of i5 8GB 128GB should show the value of Pixel Slate in PC. If you run 10 Android programs at the same time, the $599 configuration could crash you.

Overall, small memory and small space are obviously not the best choice for using Pixel Slate as a PC.

Like the Pixel phone enlarged version, the whole set is slightly heavier than Pixelbook.

According to the standard computer, Pixel Slate's size is not big, but according to the location of the tablet, 12.3 inches should be the largest tablet specifications at present.

In flat state, Pixel Slate weighs 0.72 kg. If you add a keyboard, the full weight of Pixel Slate will be a little heavier than Pixelbook's 1.1 kg. The whole machine still has a lot of weight in hand.


The picture is from:The Verge

Like other Google devices, Pixel Slate's R-corner and edge transitions are rounded, and The Verge describes it as "like a larger version of the Pixel phone". Like the Pixel phone, Pixel Slate's screen does not have narrow edges.

Of course, the advantage of doing so is that the two speakers can be put in front of each other. The editor of The Verge said that the two speakers are not only loud enough, but also have a good bass performance.


The picture is from:The Verge

Strictly speaking, Pixel Slate's fuselage is not entirely black. The main color of the fuselage is actually more like navy blue. The metal fuselage is very strong, but the dark fuselage is easier to stick finger prints.

The location of fingerprint recognition is set on the side of the computer. Like mobile phones, users can unlock or log in through fingerprint verification.

External keyboard experience is not perfect

The Verge editor thinks that Pixel Slate's keyboard is like a microcosm of the device: it does look good, but the actual experience is not satisfactory.


Firstly, because the host does not have a hard support like Surface Pro, the task of supporting the host is assigned to the keyboard sleeve. Users need to fold the protective sleeve to get the host support when using it. It's more troublesome to turn it on and use it.


Because the keyboard itself is not very thick, typing on an unstable plane will cause the whole host to shake (for example, on the thigh, which we have encountered on Surface Pro 6), and the touch panel will also produce a crisp "click" when pressing.

In addition, because the keycap of the keyboard is round rather than traditional square, it may feel a little uncomfortable at first.


_Keyboard base adopts magnetic suction type scaffold.

Fortunately, this keyboard can still be accepted after being used to it. Long keystroke, keyboard backlight and quiet typing noise are all areas that editors like. In addition, the host can automatically cut its system state after connecting the keyboard, and change the daily flat mode into PC mode.

Chrome OS Compatibility Bug is still quite a lot

If you're familiar with using Chrome, you should be able to get started with Chrome OS. soon.

Chrome OS is easy to get started, just like in Chrome browsers, you can turn on the functionality you need to run. But this is not the biggest feature of the system, the most eye-catching should be to be able to run Android programs to complement the new system's network applications can not function.


Of course, it also has the most slots in the whole system.

The Verge editors think this is a major feature of the system, but there are too many problems when running Android programs. Apart from some program crashes, the more lethal thing is that the Bluetooth function of the device will automatically disconnect or even be completely unavailable.

Google cancels the 3.5mm headphone hole on the Pixel Slate, and the Chrome OS also runs the Android, Bluetooth feature, which is particularly important on the device, but it often goes wrong.

In response, The Verge has sent back Bug to Google and the official response will be completed as soon as possible.


The picture is from:The Verge

But that's just one of the problems. There are also some interactive experience problems: although the performance of the system is still smooth after opening 20 windows, once the host is switched from PC mode to tablet mode, the system response will become dull and display confusion.

In addition, Pixelbook Pen's performance is good and bad, occasionally delaying severely on Google Keep, so the editor of The Verge has to restart the program to resume use.


However, although support for Android programs is not very good, it's comfortable for Chrome OS to run local interactive tools. Google Assistant, for example, is fast on the device.


The picture is from:The Verge

Moreover, the Google input method also supports keyboards that can be reduced to the size of mobile phones, making it easy for users to touch and slide input when they operate on a split screen.

Type-C interface, but not necessarily to maximize its functionality

Pixel Slate is equipped with two USB-C interfaces, so you may connect peripherals such as external hard disks, printers and so on to the device, greatly enhancing the practicability of the device.


The picture is from:The Verge

But it's also the compatibility problem of Android programs, which can make the function of the interface not maximized.

The Verge editor said after the test that the system automatically identifies peripherals and pops up the "file" window after the SD card is inserted through the card reader, but the problem is that when using Android version of Adobe Lightroom CC, the files in the SD card can not be read directly in the software.


The picture is from:The Verge

The only solution is to save the external files to the local storage of the host after connecting to the device, then import the contents of the local "files" through Lightroom, and then delete the redundant files in the file manager.

As a whole, the adaptation of Chrome OS to Android programs is not perfect, and it still needs to be optimized by Google and third-party software vendors.

(分析研究经验做出结论) sum up

At the end of the scoring and summary session, The Verge scored 5.5 on the Google 2-in-1 computer, slightly lower than the 7.5 on the 2018 iPad Pro.



  • There is a pair of speakers that perform well.
  • Having two USB-C interfaces
  • Have a good screen


  • Software experience is less than expected
  • General compatibility with Android programs
  • Keyboard case is not convenient to use

Overall, Chrome OS does enrich the possibilities of the Android camp on PCs, compared with traditional Android tablets. But at the same time, its software has become the most influential place for comprehensive experience.


The Verge editor thinks that if you're a fan of Google and Chrome OS and then want a tablet running the system, Pixel Slate is really the only choice that's worth it. But in front of the lighter (full weight) Pixelbook, which is still on sale, Pixel Slate seems to have only two-in-one splicing and a newer generation of processors.

So in the PC experience, Chrome OS is still a long way from the final form. The hardware of this product is very good, but many functions seem to be still in the "experimental" nature. It only solves the problem of "yes" and "no". There is still much room for improvement in the actual experience of Chrome OS from PC.

The Verge

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