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Tablets vs. Laptops

The technology behind tablets is rapidly advancing, making them more viable as a replacement for laptops for all your computing needs. However, many laptop computers are becoming more portable and feature easy-to-use touch screens. Both devices come in handy for work or when accessing information on the go. Before making a choice, consider the key differences between tablets and laptops.

Tablets

Laptops

Price*

Low-moderateLow

Touch Screen Enabled

YesSome models

Keyboard/Mouse Enabled

Separate accessory requiredBuilt-in

Screen Size

Small-moderateModerate-large

Storage Space

LowVery high

Multitasking Capability

LimitedHigh

Battery Life

LongShort-Moderate

*Refer to the Laptop Buying Guide and the Tablet Buying Guide for more price information.


Tablets

Advantages of Tablets

  • Portable - The slim construction of a tablet makes it easy to carry in any bag or backpack. You also can hold it with one hand for easy reading and browsing.
  • Touch-screen features - A touch screen is convenient and fun, enabling intuitive gestures for scrolling, zooming within pictures and documents or controlling games.
Limitations of Tablets
 
  • Less ideal for business - You'll need a separate keyboard and mouse accessory for a tablet to write detailed documents or perform edits. The small screen size also makes it hard a bit difficult to create elaborate memos or spreadsheets.
  • Limited multitasking - While some models have multi-app support, you'll have less room on screen to juggle multiple app windows compared to a laptop.
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Laptops

Advantages of Laptops

  • Excellent for productivity - With a built-in trackpad mouse and keyboard and the option to run many business and office-oriented programs, a PC laptop is the best way to get serious work done.
  • Best option for multitasking - A laptop with Windows is designed to run many programs at once, and you can organize your screen the way you like to keep track of everything.
Limitations of Laptops
 
  • Less portable - Most models can be quite heavy and bulky, making them harder to carry around. They also have shorter battery lifespans that might require you to carry an extra charger accessory.
  • Harder to use anywhere - The size and form factor of laptops means you can't use them everywhere. You'll want some space to place the computer on a secure surface so you can type and use the trackpad with both hands. It's harder to find the right spot for this, compared to a tablet which can be held with one hand and operated with the other.
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