Google has discounted its Pixel Slate in the past, but not this much: Between $300 and $700, including pen and keyboard. Could this be the end of Pixel Slate inventory and should you buy one? My thoughts.
Pixel Slate Keyboard
I don’t think you’ll see a better deal any time soon on the Pixel Slate bundle deals that went live today. All models are $350 off and include both a Slate keyboard and Pixelbook Pen.
If your only major knock against the Google Pixel Slate was the high price, you just ran out of excuses to buy one. You can get $250 off all three Pixel Slate models and get an included Pixel Slate Keyboard worth $199.
Until September 5, you can save $250 on any Pixel Slate and get a free keyboard, worth up to $199. Sure, there won’t be a Slate successor, but it will still get new features and software updates through June 2024, making this a great deal.
Google is following up last month’s Pixel Slate deal with a new one: Buy a keyboard for the Chrome OS tablet and you’ll get $250 off a Pixel Slate through August 18.
If the Pixel Slate meets your needs, this week is a great time to buy one. Google is selling all models of the Chrome OS tablet for $100 off and including your choice of either Google or Brydge keyboard.
I had to dig around the FCC and Bluetooth databases to find it, but it appears that Logitech is making a new USB and Bluetooth keyboard called the Slim Multi-Device ChromeOS Edition K580
Although designed for the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, Belkin’s USB-C desktop keyboard with stand works well with the Pixel Slate and costs $50. There are some limitations but it’s worth the look if you want to type away on a desk or other flat surface.
Is the Pixel Slate a tablet first and laptop second? Can you be productive solely with a tablet or do you really need a keyboard? We tackled these and other related questions on This Week in Google, where perhaps some initial device perceptions were changed.
Did you read all of those Pixel Slate Keyboard reviews and write the product off because of them? Keyboard choices are pretty personal, but this video might help you decide if Google’s keyboard will work for you.
The Pixel Slate and Keyboard aren’t for everyone when there are less expensive 2-in-1 Chromebooks available. But if you want the best of both a Chrome OS desktop and a tablet mode, aside from a few minor issues, this potent package is exceptional.