Comparing Ultrabooks and Chromebooks, the future of mobile computing
Ultrabooks and chromebooks are two new categories of laptops and they both plan to revolutionize the current computer market with a few touches of innovation and originality.
The first ever chromebooks and ultrabooks have been recently released and have already started shipping and that is why we are going to take a quick comparative look at the two new notebook categories in order to determine which one has the best shot of becoming popular and successful.
Design and build
One of the most important ace up the ultrabooks’ sleeve, if not the most important, is the design and portability. The Asus UX21, 31, as well as the Lenovo U300S or the Acer S3, are all extremely thin, slim, light, but at the same time strong, sturdy and reliable-looking.
Chromebooks, on the other hand, are not very different from regular laptops, being fairly light and portable, as well as elegant and good-looking. All in all, though, Google’s chromebooks are miles away from Intel’s ultrabooks as far as the design is concerned.
Screen, hardware and performance
Ultrabooks are again far better than chromebooks in terms of pure performance, featuring snappy Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, as well as 4 GB of RAM and pretty large SSDs. Chromebooks are pretty poor in terms of hardware, being on-par with most netbooks and mini-laptops right now and feature only mediocre chipsets, as well as very small internal storage units.
As far as the displays are concerned, things are yet again in the ultrabooks’ advantage, Intel’s laptops coming with 11 or 13-inch high-resolution screens. The existing chromebooks, the Samsung Series 5 and Acer AC700, sport pretty decent 12.1 and 11.6 screens, but these are far away from the ultrabooks’ displays when talking about viewing angles, colors or brightness.
Battery life, connectivity and pricing
In terms of battery life, things are pretty even, with both ultrabooks and chromebooks being able to run for around five or six hours between charges. As for the connectivity options and the ports featured, ultrabooks are once again better, while chromebooks are not necessarily bad, but only come with the basics.
Chromebooks have another couple of disadvantages, being only able to run while connected to the Internet and having a limited number of apps and programs. On the other hand, Google’s laptops are much cheaper than Intel’s notebooks, going for 600 dollars or more below ultrabooks’prices.
It is pretty clear that a competition between ultrabooks and chromebooks right now is unfair and uneven, giving that the new ultraportable laptops are better in practically all areas, including performance, build and portability.
On the other hand, the enormous gap in pricing might make chromebooks a decent choice after all, considering that they are not ugly, bulky or extremely slow and come with above average batteries, as well as high booting speeds and interesting connectivity options.