We are talking about the comparison between ultrabooks and chromebooks, both of which being new categories of laptops and both trying to find their path in a crowded and extremely competitive computer market.
In the following lines, we will try to find the similarities and differences between these two classes of personal computers and we will insist on each of the two’s strong and weak points. Finally, we will determine (or at least try) whether any of the two categories (or both) has a real shot of staying on the computer market long enough to make an impression.
Without getting into very many details (we have done that in some of the previous posts), ultrabooks are thin and lightweight laptops, set to be powered by strong and snappy Intel Sandy Bridge processors and to come with flash-based SSDs and very capable batteries.
Again, we don’t want to go into details, but if you want to know more, you can check out this post, where ultrabooks are analyzed more thoroughly, or this one, where you can find a selection of top available ultrabooks.
Chromebooks, on the other hand, might not ring many bells for some of you, as they have been released just a few months back and have failed to make a very important impact so far. These are netbooks powered by Google’s Chrome operating system and, like ultrabooks, have promised to revolutionize computing, as we know it right now.
However, chromebooks don’t come with original designs, ‘’extreme’’ portability and strong technical specs, but rather with ease of use and cloud connectivity. These laptops are therefore designed to only be used while connected to the Internet and should offer a better overall browsing experience than a regular laptop.
Google’s chromebooks are significantly cheaper than ultrabooks, as we will find out in the following lines, and offer automatic updates, as well as multiple layers of antivirus protection. On the other hand, in terms of features, connectivity and ports, they are pretty much the same as netbooks, only offering a couple of basics.
Aside from the fact that they are both basically laptops and therefore have, or should have, the same basic use, ultrabooks and chromebooks have very little in common. As a matter of fact, the only real similarity regards the battery life, which is in both cases at least satisfying and better than that of a regular laptop (around five or six hours of continuous use between charges).
Because it would take us clearly too much time to list all the differences between ultrabooks and chromebooks, we are only going to insist on those really important ones who might help you decide to go for either one of the two.
First of all, as we already mentioned, ultrabooks are far stronger and snappier than chromebooks. Most of today’s ultrabooks are powered by Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and come with 4 GB of RAM, as well as 128 GB SSDs. Chromebooks, on the other hand, feature Intel Atom processors, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB SSDs.
The difference should translate into a better overall gaming performance for ultrabooks, as well as better multimedia use.
Secondly, while chromebooks are not exactly ugly, bulky or tacky, ultrabooks are clearly more elegant, lighter and slimmer and should be considered the number one choice for people who are always on the move.
In addition to that, there’s also the software aspect, another huge difference between ultrabooks and chromebooks. Intel’s ultrabooks run Windows 7 and come with a guarantee of professionalism, as well as with loads of available content. Chromebooks, on the other hand, run the Chrome OS, which is not half bad, but which in fact is far from being a real competitor for Windows in terms of apps.
The pricing is yet another very important difference, with chromebooks being this time around the better machines. Google’s laptops go for around 400-450 dollars at the moment, which is less than half the price of most ultrabooks today.
After comparing and contrasting ultrabooks and chromebooks, it’s very clear that Intel’s ultraportable laptops have quite a lot of aces up their sleeves. They are stronger, more elegant, slimmer than chromebooks and they run Windows 7, offering access to all the content you could need.
Why would you want a chromebook, in this case? Well, you wouldn’t! Or, at least, we wouldn’t… It’s true, chromebooks are significantly cheaper than ultrabooks, but if you want something cheap, a netbook is still your best choice right now, being able to do more things than a chromebook at a better price.
While we don’t usually like to give out cold and clear sentences in comparisons like these, in this particular case it’s pretty obvious that ultrabooks are much better than chromebooks.
You shouldn’t however understand that chromebooks are that bad. Not at all! It’s just that we’re not very convinced about this whole ‘’cloud experience’’ and we can’t think of a computer that is unable to work offline as more than a secondary machine for someone who wants to follow trends and be as ‘’hip’’ as possible.
As far as ultrabooks go, as we stated in some of the previous posts as well, these are cool, strong and snappy and are here to stay, no matter what the competition throws at them!