Tablet VS Chromebook VS Laptop

Ever since Toshiba developed the first laptop, T1100, in 1985, we have seen a lot of progress in computing devices. Being portable for offices and bulkier for gameplays, many options are available for all sections.

A bunch of choices brings confusion, as we all know. Very often, it’s hard to choose between Tablet, Chromebook, and a laptop. All three have different appearances, specs, and hence we see differences in their capabilities.

While a Tablet can be used for entertainment and quick, professional chores, you can use a Chromebook for lighter work, such as school assignments. A laptop can be used for high-end tasks such as coding, playing games, and designing. A laptop can fill the gaps of Tablet and Chromebook that are not possible in Vice-Versa.

This article focuses on a detailed comparison between Tablet, Chromebook, and a laptop on multiple aspects such as operating systems, storage, display, power, processors, etc.

What Is A Tablet? Merits and Demerits

A Tablet computer, often referred to as a tablet, is a device that in most cases runs on a mobile operating system such as Android and iOS. However, multiple tablets are available with computer operating systems such as Windows and M1 Chip.

The starting generations of Tablets used a stylus or keyboard as input devices which were replaced by touchscreens with advancements. The display size of Tablets lies between smartphones and laptops. This makes it portable and easier to use.

Tablets can be used for video editing, graphics designs, and professional works that require less processing power. When doing heavier tasks on a tablet with any operating system, you can experience lagging issues.

Some notable merits of Tablets include portability, quick web browsing, lightweight, and can be used for watching media and online learning.

Whereas difficulties faced while using a tablet are smaller screen size for office work, lesser hardware capabilities, issues in multitasking, and higher costs.

Laptops And Chromebooks. How Are They Different?

Laptops and Chromebooks are the same device in terms of appearance but differ in capabilities and Operating systems. Tasks performed on Chromebook can be easily processed with a laptop, while Chromebook might fail in replacing a high-end laptop.

Chromebooks and Chrome OS

The operating system is the major aspect that makes a Chromebook different from a laptop. Chromebooks run on a totally web-based operating system known as Chrome OS by Google. This operating system is an advanced version of the google chrome browser with some advanced features. A significant feature that a Chromebook provides is security and privacy to the users. Since everything on Chromebook can be stored virtually on Google Cloud, Chromebooks come with lower-capacity SSDs to store the files locally. You can always upgrade the local storage of your Chromebook.

The painful experience of using a Chromebook is when using it without any internet connection. Since everything is stored on cloud storage, loading bigger files such as videos requires a data connection which practically disturbs when you don’t have a WiFi connection.

Chromebook can be ideal for students and people who work consistently with a web browser and share files more frequently as Chrome OS is topped with multiple layers of security.

Additionally, you can also download and run android applications from the google play store. Another good thing about Chromebooks is that they have more extended battery backup than laptops. On an average, a Chromebook battery will last for 8 hours when fully charged.


As we all know, Laptops were developed for portability and to replace traditional PCs with multiple hardware equipment. Compared to Tablet computers and Chromebooks, a laptop can easily replace both of them in terms of performance.

Laptops come with multiple ports, storage options, display qualities, and many other choices. Laptops are manufactured depending on the tasks performed by them. An ultrabook can be ideally used for office purposes due to its lightweight. A lighter laptop can weigh around 1KG, and a bulkier gaming laptop can weigh more than 3Kgs.

The performance of your laptop depends upon multiple factors such as Processor, Graphics Card, Storage mode(HDD or SSD), and the operating system.

Touchscreen and convertible laptops can be used as a tablet by disassembling the display from the keyboard. This makes them handier and helps cover the gap between laptops and tablets.

Tablet, Chromebook, and Laptop-Which One To Buy?

Choosing a Laptop, Tablet, or a Chromebook is subjective to the tasks you will perform using them.

A Tablet is more portable than a Chromebook and a Laptop, whereas A tablet cannot perform tasks performed by a Chromebook and laptop. A Chromebook doesn’t suit a working professional as it mainly relies upon cloud storage. In contrast, a laptop that can perform tasks of both tablet and Chromebook is costlier and not so portable when compared to a tablet. To make a perfect decision to choose anyone out of these three, you should know what tasks you want to perform using the device.

In my opinion, you can go for a convertible laptop with a good processor and dedicated graphics. This might be costlier but can give you a taste of a Tablet and a laptop. A Chromebook should be preferred by geeks who are always in the area of internet connectivity or don’t wish to store many files locally. Chromebooks are, however, a cheaper alternative to laptops with a lesser difference in general performance.

Can My Tablet Replace Laptop?

If you have a tablet with Windows or M1 chip as an operating system, you can perform several tasks you do on a laptop. But you will need to make a compromise with performance and multitasking. There are times when your tablet will run out of storage, causing lagging issues, making it difficult to make both ends meet.

Which Is Better? A Laptop OR a Chromebook?

A laptop can perform almost every task that a laptop can. Additionally, it allows you to download android apps from the google play store. On the other hand, laptops are more powerful and complex, supporting more programs than Chromebooks.

The Conclusion

To end with, I would say tablets cannot work like a Chromebook and a laptop. A Chromebook cannot work as a tablet or laptop. Laptops cannot download android apps without using an android emulator like Chromebooks. However, convertible laptops can be used as tablets. All three categories have different specifications. So, in light of the reasons stated in this article, you should figure out your reasons for buying a device.

About the author

Shubham Yadav

Shubham is a mechanical engineer by profession. Computer geek at heart he loves to explore new aspects of circuits, motherboards and general PC components.