It seems as though this year’s hot new machine is the tablet with the detachable keyboard. That’s what the industry would like to be hot, anyway.
Microsoft’s got its Surface Pro 4 tablet, a full PC in a tablet with a magnetically attached keyboard/screen cover. Last month it also released the Surface Book, a touchscreen laptop with detachable keyboard.
Apple now has its iPad Pro with optional keyboard cover.
Today, there’s another option: Google’s astonishingly beautiful Pixel C, a tablet-laptop hybrid designed by the makers of Google’s absurdly expensive, lovely Pixel laptops.
This is the first tablet designed and built entirely by Google, and you cannot imagine how brilliant and gorgeous its hardware is. You just want to rub it like a worry stone.
It’s two parts: The tablet and the keyboard. Each is clad in cool, smooth aluminum.
They attach magnetically in any of three ways. First, face-to-face, so that both important surfaces (screen and keyboard) are protected for transport:
Second, back-to-keyboard, so that you can hold the whole thing like a clipboard when you’re using the tablet.