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Ultrabooks vs. Tablets vs. Laptops

There are more options than ever for portable devices that let you catch up on work or play anywhere. Traditional PC laptops can offer the most power, but are often difficult to use on the go because of their heavy weight and low battery lifespans. Ultrabooks are a newer type of laptop that seek to improve portability while retaining solid specs that can handle most computing tasks easily. With their touch screens and small size, tablets are easy to carry anywhere for simple tasks, but lack keyboards and some office programs for more serious work. Compare the strengths of these different devices with your mobile computing needs to decide which is best for you.

Ultrabooks

Tablets

Laptops

Weight

ModerateLightHeavy

Price*

Moderate-highLight-moderateLow

Battery Life

LongLongShort-moderate

CPU Speed

ModerateLong-moderateHigh

Storage Capacity

HighLowVery high

Operating System

Windows 7 or 8Andriod, WindowsWindows 7 or 8

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


Ultrabooks

Advantages of Ultrabooks

  • Portable and Powerful - Slim, light build with a long battery life and enough power for all your work.
  • Touch Screen - Many Ultrabooks feature a touch screen and can be folded flat so you can also use the computer like a tablet.
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Limitations of Ultrabooks

  • Heavier than a Tablet - Lighter Ultrabooks are still a few inches wider larger and generally a least 1.5 pounds heavier than a tablet, so they're still more of a hassle to transport.
  • Fewer Peripheral Options - Most Ultrabooks do not have an optical drive for Blu-ray or DVD, unlike other PC laptops, and typically have only one or two USB ports for connecting extra accessories like an external optical drive.
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Tablets

Advantages of Tablets

  • Best Portability - Tablets are slim easy to carry, similar to a smartphone.
  • Access Anywhere - Tablets are easy to use even in cramped spaces like a busy train, and boot instantly so you can get back to browsing, reading or watching.
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Limitations of Tablets

  • No Built-in Keyboard or Mouse - It can be difficult to work on larger or more complex documents on just a touch screen.
  •  Limited Storage Capacity - Most tablets don't have enough space to store all of your documents, images, and videos.
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Laptops

Advantages of Laptops

  • Desktop replacement - You can find a laptop with enough power to match up to a desktop computer.
  • Largest Storage Capacity - Many affordable PC laptops include hard drives that are 1TB or larger, so you can use them as the primary storage for all your documents and media.
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Limitations of Laptops

  • Difficult to Transport - PC laptops tend to be the largest and heaviest types of portable computer, so you'll need plenty of room in your bag or a specialized case for them.
  •  Short Battery Life - PC laptops typically only have a few hours of battery life, so you'll also need to carry a bulky charger if you're going to carry and use it on the go throughout the day.
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