April 28th 2014 10:04 am

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Android? On a laptop?

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The SlateBook is an interesting specimen. That's why we wanted to review it: because we were curious about the idea of an Android laptop, and thought you might be too. And it is interesting. But by no means should you actually buy one. The SlateBook takes Android, an otherwise intuitive operating system, and manages to make it... cumbersome. It's a pain to use with a mouse, and yet if you want to use your fingers, you have to reach across the keyboard. Because that keyboard doesn't detach, the device is far heavier than a standalone tablet, and the battery life isn't even that much better.

If you love the Android experience, just buy a tablet with a keyboard case. If the typing experience is paramount, there are Windows laptops that are less expensive and more portable. Even a Chromebook would make more sense than the SlateBook; at least Chrome OS was designed to be used with a mouse. Samsung's 13-inch Chromebook 2, for instance, has just as sharp a display and costs $30 less, and there are loads of options that are even cheaper. Frankly, we're not sure we'd recommend an Android laptop at any price, but for $430 the answer's easy: Just don't do it.

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Engadget Aug 21, 2014

Even with a crisp display and comfortable keyboard, the SlateBook 14 doesn't have enough to recommend it. With an operating system that was never meant to be used on a laptop, it's a poor choice compared to less-expensive Windows laptops and Chromebooks.

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Laptop Magazine Aug 18, 2014

If the SlateBook 14 were a detachable or convertible and you could use it in tablet mode, it would make more sense. What's the point of having Android if you can't take full advantage of it? ... Never send a SlateBook to do a Chromebook or a budget Windows laptop's job.

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GottaBeMobile Aug 17, 2014

Looking at the competition makes us impressed with the price of the HP Slatebook 14, but the older operating system, bad Wi-Fi performance, lack of convertibility into a tablet and no multi-tasking with two apps open at once means most buyers should stay away from the HP Slatebook 14.

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