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Tech Showdown: Ultrabook vs. Chromebook


Ultrabooks and Chromebooks are leading the trend in highly portable computers that still have everything you need to get your work done. While both are extremely fast and lightweight, there are some significant differences. From the operating system, available features and information storage, look into the differences between these computers to find out which one is right for you.


Tech Showdown: Ultrabook vs. Chromebook - Sears



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

Moderate to highLow to moderate

Immediate Start-Up




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Advantages of Ultrabooks

  • Full Windows OS - Ultrabooks are full-featured PCs that have a familiar Windows operating system and programs.
  • Convertible to tablet - Many Ultrabooks have touch screens and can fold flat into tablets for the functionality of both 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 go.


Ultrabook laptop

Limitations of Ultrabooks

  • Less portable - Compared to a Chromebook, some Ultrabooks are slightly heavier and larger, but still much easier to carry than a comparable PC laptop.
  • Limited performance - Ultrabooks can handle many work tasks like editing documents and browsing the web, but not all models can meet more rigorous software demands like complex games or editing video.
  • More expensive - Ultrabooks are generally more expensive than budget-friendly Chromebooks.


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Chromebook laptop

Advantages of Chromebooks

  • Cloud storage - Chromebooks include access to cloud storage, so your files are saved online where they can be accessed on other devices or backed up when a hard drive crashes.
  • Stable OS - The Chrome OS is based on Linux, so there is a lower risk 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 Store to enhance your computing experience.


Limitations of Chromebooks


  • Web access required - Many applications and services require an internet connection to function properly.
  • No Windows support - Users will need to find equivalent Chrome apps for common Microsoft programs like Office.
  • Less powerful - The overall tech specs of Chromebooks are generally lower than Ultrabooks.
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