Laptop vs Ultrabook vs Chromebook vs Tablet

How to Choose between a Laptop, Ultrabook, Chromebook, or Tablet?

Or is there something in between that is best for you?

Just how can you pick the best portable device? Not so long ago, buying a laptop was an easy decision – maybe look at a netbook, more than likely choose a notebook running Windows, and more often than not, you would stick with a manufacturer you were already familiar with, and stay away from all those new funny looking brands. Sounds familiar?

Well – things aren’t quite so easy anymore. Portable devices have blossomed into a boundless array of varieties, options, branding, and naming conventions, not to mention colors and niches! Specialized Chromebooks, Ultrabooks, Touch screens and hybrids have moved in on traditional notebooks in a bid to more closely target your needs and stand out from the traditional portable devices.

Which type of laptop is right for you? Read on, and we’ll we will explore some of the possibilities.


Latest from Toshiba, the Chromebook 2 CB-30B

Price range: $200 to $400

Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB-30BLet’s start at the cheaper end of the market. To be fair, these devices offer fantastic value for money with super quick performance offered by minimizing the on board hardware. Chromebooks use a different Operating System called Google ChromOS instead of Windows, which is based on Google Chrome internet browser, and hence run primarily web based applications. They start up fast and so long as you have a good internet connection, they provide a very responsive user experience.

While Chromebooks are designed to be Web-centric machines, they have some compelling features. Chromebooks are affordable, with prices ranging from $200 for the ACER Chromebook 11 CB3-111 to $300 for the larger Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB-30B. Despite the price tag, all Chromebooks are light and portable.

Don’t let the low prices and fool you, though, these little machines offer serious performance and flexibility, but they will depend on that internet connection.

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13.3″ | 1080p | ChromeOS | Ports: 2 USB, HDMI | Intel Bay Trail Processor | 2GB RAM 16GB HD


Newest Model Dell XPS13 Ultrabook Computer

Price: upwards $969.99

Dell XPS13 UltrabookrAt the other end of the price and performance spectrum, we have the Ultrabook. Ultrabooks are in direct competition with the MacBook Air, and Intel regulates the standards for these upmarket laptops, which basically rely on the latest technology of Intel processors to provide the computing power behind these devices. And according to Intel, nothing else compares!

Basically, Ultrabooks are meant to be powerful, yet portable, and that means slim. The latest Ultrabooks are designed to be less than an inch thick, re-start from sleep mode very quickly, be capable pf running up to 6 hours of High Density video streaming, and should be touchscreen capable.

Make no mistake, these Ultrabook computers are fast — though the slim packaging means limited port selections, no discrete GPU, and you may have to sacrifice your optical disc drive.

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13.3″ | 1920×1080 | Backlit WLED | Intel Core i5-5200U | 2.2GHz | 4GB DDR3 RAM 128GB HD

Or how about something in between?

How about a Convertible 2 in 1!

Price: around $750

ASUS Flip 15.6-Inch 2 in 1 Convertible Touchscreen LaptopIf you can’t decide just how mobile you like to be – then you have a choice between a tablet, or have you thought that a hybrid, or convertible two-in-one might be right up your alley. Hybrids fit between laptops and tablets, offering laptop functionality when you need to get things done, and tablet-style user experience when you just need a touchscreen.

Some convertible devices are designed as laptops but offer a very nifty hinged screen that can fold, flip, or rotate to convert to whatever configuration suits your needs. On the other hand, the tablet style hybrids have attachable keyboards and kick stands to convert from flat tablets into a stand up mode.

Some pros and cons:

The hinged screen hybrids are extremely versatile, but come at a higher price tag than ordinary laptops. Tablet hybrids trade performance for mobility and those little keyboards are just not as good for fat fingers like mine! Hybrids usually come with fantastic touch screen technology, but this can also adversely impact battery life, and if this limits your time away from home base, then you have to question the need for a hybrid.

If you don’t really need to have two devices in one—or if you already have a tablet—you might prefer a normal laptop.

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15.6″ | 1920×1080 | 360 deg flip | Intel i5 Core | 8GB RAM 1TB HD

How about an ordinary Laptop?

Affordable – check out this Acer Aspire E5-571P-59QA.

Price: Bargain buying around $420

Acer Aspire E5-571P-59QADo you just want an ordinary Laptop – I’m with you! I don’t need to pay for the horsepower of an Ultrabook that I will probably never need, I like the idea of that convertible hinged screen but already have a tablet, and I just think that a Chromebook is too limiting. I just like my ordinary laptop!

Don’t let the market confuse you with marketing and advertising gobbledygook. We know what we want, and now you can use CompuTechScout to show you how to find it.

Whether you’re looking for something to plonk on your desktop, a wide screen notebook, or a basic and dependable laptop take your office on the road with you, we can help you identify the features you need and then find the best fit.

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15.6″ | 1366×768 | Intel Core i5-4210U | 4 GB SDRAM | 500 GB HD


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