Chrome OS 71 Stable adds new features with most of them available first on Pixel Slate

While most of the Chrome OS 71 features are first available for the Pixel Slate, all of them are welcome improvements. In particular, the native Google Assistant means you won’t need the Play Store installed to use the digital assistant.

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Review: Belkin $50 desktop keyboard for Chrome OS that holds the Pixel Slate

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.

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Talking Pixel Slate usage and productivity on This Week in Google: Is it a tablet or a laptop?

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.

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Pixel Slate and Pixel Slate Keyboard review: Portability and productivity at a premium price

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.

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