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Pixel Slate 12.3 Inch M3 8GB 64GB 2-in-1 Chromebook (Selected Stores) £429 + delivery @ Argos
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Pixel Slate 12.3 Inch M3 8GB 64GB 2-in-1 Chromebook (Selected Stores) £429 + delivery @ Argos

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Posted 5th Jun
Just seen this come down in price by £120 for anyone interested, think the negative reviews were for bad lag when it came out but I believe this has all been fixed in later updates to chrome OS
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I will vote hot for the price but I did buy one around Xmas with the keyboard for not much more than this and was extremely disappointed with it others love it but it's still a laggy mess especially with android apps

One good pro to this is that Google plan to support it for till I think 2026 so there's no issues with support.
Edited by: "Bigsmoke825" 5th Jun
I’m also waiting for the Lenovo Duet. I spoke to Lenovo today and they told me it should be out at the beginning of July.
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I will vote hot for the price but I did buy one around Xmas with the keyboard for not much more than this and was extremely disappointed with it others love it but it's still a laggy mess especially with android apps

One good pro to this is that Google plan to support it for till I think 2026 so there's no issues with support.
Edited by: "Bigsmoke825" 5th Jun
Bigsmoke82505/06/2020 17:55

I will vote hot for the price but I did buy one around Xmas with the …I will vote hot for the price but I did buy one around Xmas with the keyboard for not much more than this and was extremely disappointed with it others love it but it's still a laggy mess especially with android appsOne good pro to this is that Google plan to support it for till I think 2026 so there's no issues with support.


What version did you get? M3 etc?

I read they have done bundles on them in america where you get the keyboard and pen and M3 version for $500. I saw some bad reviews on youtube.
Most of the bad reviews seem to come when it was launched, YouTube recent reviews and they seem to be more positive. Some reviews also state the i5 version being less laggy for obvious reasons but it’s way more expensive. How many more times can I say “reviews”!
jg21305/06/2020 18:51

What version did you get? M3 etc?I read they have done bundles on them in …What version did you get? M3 etc?I read they have done bundles on them in america where you get the keyboard and pen and M3 version for $500. I saw some bad reviews on youtube.


I had this version that's in the listing, and the keyboard for £449 from Argos but even for that money you expect it to be better the software is still full of bugs so had lots of random apps shutting down etc

I ended up selling it and going for the Tab S6 but like I said some love it so I am only giving my own personal experience.
Andrew_Parsons05/06/2020 18:54

Most of the bad reviews seem to come when it was launched, YouTube recent …Most of the bad reviews seem to come when it was launched, YouTube recent reviews and they seem to be more positive. Some reviews also state the i5 version being less laggy for obvious reasons but it’s way more expensive. How many more times can I say “reviews”!


Your right alot of reviews early on used the celeron version that Google Swifty ditched as it was awful.
Apparently the i5 and i7 versions are good I almost got one of these when they were being sold cheap, however I went for a s6 and I don't regret it, there seem to be too many hoops that I needed to jump through to get support for Android apps
Edited by: "zackariah" 5th Jun
jg21305/06/2020 18:51

What version did you get? M3 etc?I read they have done bundles on them in …What version did you get? M3 etc?I read they have done bundles on them in america where you get the keyboard and pen and M3 version for $500. I saw some bad reviews on youtube.


It had a very bad launch and that probably killed their success. There have been massive peformance improvements since, thoes revews are very out of date.
The only thing about the Tab S6 ( which is great) is that it’s way more expensive right, like £600 normally? And will only receive a few years of updates at best. TBH I would like either
Andrew_Parsons05/06/2020 19:23

The only thing about the Tab S6 ( which is great) is that it’s way more e …The only thing about the Tab S6 ( which is great) is that it’s way more expensive right, like £600 normally? And will only receive a few years of updates at best. TBH I would like either


I agree that Samsung updates are poor especially on tablets their phones have got better but tablets are pathetic.

Even as a android fan I'd advise anyone if you want a tablet get a iPad for years of support and apps optimised for it rather than blown up mobile apps on Android.
Interesting device - but shame you cannot get the Slate keyboard anywhere if that's something you want to pair with this. At least in the few minutes of searching I've done.

Argos only have 2 store with stock of it, but cannot find anywhere else.
maui05/06/2020 19:30

Interesting device - but shame you cannot get the Slate keyboard anywhere …Interesting device - but shame you cannot get the Slate keyboard anywhere if that's something you want to pair with this. At least in the few minutes of searching I've done. Argos only have 2 store with stock of it, but cannot find anywhere else.


Depending on your needs Brydge do a keyboard that Amazon sell for £80 for it turns it more into a laptop
I bought the m3 Slate 2nd hand with the Slate keyboard about a week ago after deciding to go a bit more premium than the coming Lenovo Duet. Speed hasn't been an issue at all with lots of tabs and apps running. I particularly rate the speakers, and battery life over the average laptop!
SuperSparky05/06/2020 19:42

I bought the m3 Slate 2nd hand with the Slate keyboard about a week ago …I bought the m3 Slate 2nd hand with the Slate keyboard about a week ago after deciding to go a bit more premium than the coming Lenovo Duet. Speed hasn't been an issue at all with lots of tabs and apps running. I particularly rate the speakers, and battery life over the average laptop!


I'm really looking forward to the Duet. I think it'll be in the £200-£300 range.
Edited by: "Jimmyboy" 5th Jun
I was also waiting for the Lenovo Ideapad Duet, reckon it will be around £300 for the 128GB version but when I noticed this I did/thought the same as SuperSparky!
Edited by: "Andrew_Parsons" 5th Jun
Bigsmoke82505/06/2020 17:55

I will vote hot for the price but I did buy one around Xmas with the …I will vote hot for the price but I did buy one around Xmas with the keyboard for not much more than this and was extremely disappointed with it others love it but it's still a laggy mess especially with android appsOne good pro to this is that Google plan to support it for till I think 2026 so there's no issues with support.


Just an update.. the last 2 or 3 versions of chrome OS have fixed all the lag with this. I love mine now and Chrome OS' new tablet interface is awesome
in the immortal words of MKBHD, "this ain't it, chief"
Edited by: "big_sausage" 5th Jun
Jimmyboy05/06/2020 19:49

I'm really looking forward to the Duet. I think it'll be in the £200-£300 r …I'm really looking forward to the Duet. I think it'll be in the £200-£300 range.


After seeing all the US reviews of the Duet, I'm completely with you and am tempted to get one anyway! I can't be the only one on Lenovo's page waiting for it to appear in stock!
Andrew_Parsons05/06/2020 20:07

I was also waiting for the Lenovo Ideapad Duet, reckon it will be around …I was also waiting for the Lenovo Ideapad Duet, reckon it will be around £300 for the 128GB version but when I noticed this I did/thought the same as SuperSparky!


You won't regret it! It's my first Chromebook and the combination of (most) Android apps, fanless operation, tablet/laptop form-factor, battery, high res 4:3 display, fast charging, decent speakers ticks almost all the boxes for me personally and for my job in IT. Just in case you're curious, the tablet will quite happily power a portable USB-C monitor. My only minor gripe is that the front camera could be a little bit clearer.
SuperSparky05/06/2020 20:28

After seeing all the US reviews of the Duet, I'm completely with you and …After seeing all the US reviews of the Duet, I'm completely with you and am tempted to get one anyway! I can't be the only one on Lenovo's page waiting for it to appear in stock!


Ha yes. I have it open on my phone and every few days refresh to see if updated.
I've used Chromebooks for a while. My main one is a £500 Lenovo one ( I forget the model). It's nice but I actually prefer my 6 year old Acer C720. The battery is excellent and has a great keyboard. No Android apps as so old but the Duet will be a great upgrade. I think a touchscreen small Chromebook with Android apps is the perfect combo
Andrew_Parsons05/06/2020 20:07

I was also waiting for the Lenovo Ideapad Duet, reckon it will be around …I was also waiting for the Lenovo Ideapad Duet, reckon it will be around £300 for the 128GB version but when I noticed this I did/thought the same as SuperSparky!




I have a 128gb Lenovo C630 and hardly use any of the space. I have 130gb Google Drive account and with everything in the cloud the space has not been needed at all. To be fair I don't have that many Android apps installed on it which I would have more of on the Duet. Nice to see they will be including the keyboard in the price.
Can you install windows?
slannmage05/06/2020 21:00

Can you install windows?


Windows is just as easy to install on this as Mac iOS is.
Duet will be £300 I reckon for the 128gb I don't think they will sell the 64gb but that will be £280. I just got a asus c523na bigger brother to the c423 not much information about it but I got it at a bargain price from stocks must go for £190 it's was grade a condition with 12 month warranty. Its a 15 inch but the touch screen makes chromebook worth it. The only thing it's missing is a back-light keyboard and as it's a 15 inch battery only goes about 6 hours till it needs a recharge but for the price I paid I'm more than happy. If you don't mind a clam shell you could look at a chromebook. Over the duet if size is not a issue I would find a duet a bit small for a work machine as I think 10 inch is a bit small for a laptop but for a entertainment machine to send odd email is fine.
I’m also waiting for the Lenovo Duet. I spoke to Lenovo today and they told me it should be out at the beginning of July.
philtheclaret05/06/2020 22:40

I’m also waiting for the Lenovo Duet. I spoke to Lenovo today and they t …I’m also waiting for the Lenovo Duet. I spoke to Lenovo today and they told me it should be out at the beginning of July.


Cool, thanks. I spoke to them on Twitter a couple of weeks ago and they had no clue about a date. Probably outsource their Twitter account to a marketing company.
philtheclaret05/06/2020 22:40

I’m also waiting for the Lenovo Duet. I spoke to Lenovo today and they t …I’m also waiting for the Lenovo Duet. I spoke to Lenovo today and they told me it should be out at the beginning of July.


Flex 5 FTW, 10 inches is too small for a Chromebook, better experience with an Android tablet along with much better screen etc. This Slate is about the minimum size to get an advantage.
Using i5 version which costed £515 post Amex discounts excluding the keyboard. Happy customer.
Jimmyboy05/06/2020 23:05

Cool, thanks. I spoke to them on Twitter a couple of weeks ago and they …Cool, thanks. I spoke to them on Twitter a couple of weeks ago and they had no clue about a date. Probably outsource their Twitter account to a marketing company.


I went onto the Lenovo website and had a online chat with the Sales Team.
lazyfatboy05/06/2020 21:49

Windows is just as easy to install on this as Mac iOS is.


Not to sure about that drivers will be issue, as the drivers in these machine will not be digitally signed. Also not sure if there's a boot menu to allow you boot off USB and bios probably locked
Is the i5 version worth the extra £120?
I will primarily use it for browsing but would like it to run android apps & games as well as a premium tablet. Is that realistic with either the m3 or i5 version?
Edited by: "zegermans" 6th Jun
zegermans06/06/2020 09:47

Is the i5 version worth the extra £120?I will primarily use it for …Is the i5 version worth the extra £120?I will primarily use it for browsing but would like it to run android apps & games as well as a premium tablet. Is that realistic with either the m3 or i5 version?


Although I'm not convinced how good this, you could buy decent i5 ultra book for nearly £500, but as for premium tablet this fits the bill, if you can afford the extra definitely go for the i5 version, will give better performance for gaming and demanding apps
Bavy06/06/2020 09:29

Not to sure about that drivers will be issue, as the drivers in these …Not to sure about that drivers will be issue, as the drivers in these machine will not be digitally signed. Also not sure if there's a boot menu to allow you boot off USB and bios probably locked


Windows and iOS are both pretty much impossible to install on this, is what I was saying. Maybe I should have been less subtle...
zegermans06/06/2020 09:47

Is the i5 version worth the extra £120?I will primarily use it for …Is the i5 version worth the extra £120?I will primarily use it for browsing but would like it to run android apps & games as well as a premium tablet. Is that realistic with either the m3 or i5 version?


When comparing benchmarks, the i5 seemed to only be marginally better performing than the m3, so the price didn't seem worth it to me. It seems to run 3D applications just fine (all Pixel Slate devices run the same UHD 615 GPU, however the i5 runs 50MHz faster). I personally think the more important issues to note are that:

1. There is no guarantee that Android apps will run at all within Chrome OS (I've found some just force-close). This may (or may not) be addressed in future updates of the Chrome OS when the Android Runtime is updated.
2. Intel CPUs run Android apps in emulation mode, while ARM CPUs run Android apps natively resulting in broader compatibility, performance and battery usage efficiency.

My opinion is that an ARM-based Chromebook would be the best solution for you in terms of running Android games well alongside Chrome OS.
SuperSparky06/06/2020 12:55

When comparing benchmarks, the i5 seemed to only be marginally better …When comparing benchmarks, the i5 seemed to only be marginally better performing than the m3, so the price didn't seem worth it to me. It seems to run 3D applications just fine (all Pixel Slate devices run the same UHD 615 GPU, however the i5 runs 50MHz faster). I personally think the more important issues to note are that:1. There is no guarantee that Android apps will run at all within Chrome OS (I've found some just force-close). This may (or may not) be addressed in future updates of the Chrome OS when the Android Runtime is updated.2. Intel CPUs run Android apps in emulation mode, while ARM CPUs run Android apps natively resulting in broader compatibility, performance and battery usage efficiency.My opinion is that an ARM-based Chromebook would be the best solution for you in terms of running Android games well alongside Chrome OS.


Thanks. I'll probably just go for a decent tablet instead. Leaning towards the Huawei matepad pro, which seems to be fairly simple to put Google apps onto.
zegermans06/06/2020 13:04

Thanks. I'll probably just go for a decent tablet instead. Leaning towards …Thanks. I'll probably just go for a decent tablet instead. Leaning towards the Huawei matepad pro, which seems to be fairly simple to put Google apps onto.


Cool! Hadn't seen this tab before. Be aware that it doesn't come with the Google Play store and instead uses Huawei's AppGallery. You may have to buy apps again, and also I'm not sure how big their app selection is at this time!
SuperSparky06/06/2020 13:17

Cool! Hadn't seen this tab before. Be aware that it doesn't come with the …Cool! Hadn't seen this tab before. Be aware that it doesn't come with the Google Play store and instead uses Huawei's AppGallery. You may have to buy apps again, and also I'm not sure how big their app selection is at this time!


Thanks. I'll be fine with it - xda has a guide to getting playstore etc set up. Just need to decide whether to buy right away with the free pen or keyboard, or gamble and hope that they repeat the offer with both included
Oos?

Says unavailable in their stores.
Is it possible to play Football Manager on this?
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