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Ultrabook vs. Chromebook

Ultrabooks and Chromebooks are both leading the trend in extremely portable computers that still have everything you need to get your work done. While both of these types of laptop are extremely fast, light and easy to carry, there are some significant differences. Ultrabooks run the Windows operating system (OS) with powerful technical specs to help you get everything donewhether you have an Internet connection or not. Chromebooks run on Google's Web-based Chrome OS, which is stable and responsive, ensuring that software issues don't get in the way of productivity. Look into the differences between these computers and find out which one is right for you.



Operating System

WindowsChrome OS

Storage Capacity

Large SSD hard driveSmall SSD hard drive and cloud storage

Touch Screen

Included in many models, convertible to tabletIncluded in a few models, not convertible to tablet

Technical Capabilities


Immediate Start-Up




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


Advantages of Ultrabook

  • Full Windows OS - Ultrabooks are full-featured PCs that have a familiar Windows operating system and programs.
  • Convertible to Tablet - Many Ultrabooks have touchscreens and can fold flat into tablet mode for the functionality of a tablet and laptop in one device.
  • Large SSD Hard Drive - Ultrabooks have plenty of room on the hard drive and use an impact-resistant SSD to keep your files safe no matter where you take your computer.

Limitations of Ultrabook

  • Less Portable - Compared to a Chromebook, some Ultrabooks are slightly heavier and larger, but still much easier to carry than a comparable PC laptop.
  • Limits on Performance - Ultrabooks can handle many work tasks like editing documents and browsing the Web, but not all models can meet more rigorous software demands likethe newest games or video editing programs.
  • Higher Price - Ultrabooks are generally more expensive than budget-conscious Chromebooks.


Advantages of Chromebook

  • Cloud Storage - Chromebooks include access to cloud storage, so all your files are saved online where they can be accessed on other computers or backed up when a hard drive crashes.
  • Stable OS - The Chrome OS is based on Linux, so there is a lower chance of viruses and crashes.
  • Sync with Google - Use your existing Google sign-in to access your email, chat and documents saved on the web, or pick up apps from the Chrome Web Storeto enhance your computing experience.

Limitations of Chromebook

  • Web Access Required - Many applications and services require an Internet connection to function correctly.
  • No Windows Support - Users will need to find equivalent Chrome apps for common Microsoft programs like Office.
  • Less Powerful - The overall technical specs of Chromebooks are generally lower than Ultrabooks.