Both Chromebooks and laptops are portable and practical computers, but they have some key differences that need to be kept in mind when making a purchase:
Operating System (OS):
Chromebooks all run ChromeOS, a lightweight OS designed to be used primarily with web-based applications. On the other hand, laptops can run a variety of operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. This means that laptops have more flexibility,can be used for a wider range of tasks, and can use power-intensive programs such as Photoshop or iMovie.
Chromebooks are typically less expensive than laptops and can also have longer battery life. However, high end laptops can be nearly as powerful and capable as desktop computers.
Chromebooks are also more secure, as they are not as susceptible to viruses and malware, as no software is installed locally on the device. Additionally, software updates are rolled out directly via Google.
Since Chromebooks often have less ports than laptops, we offer docks such as our UD-MSTHDC to expand their capabilities. This is a Works With Chromebook Certified docking station that supports up to two 4K 60Hz HDMI or DisplayPort monitors, along with a wired gigabit Ethernet port, 1x USB-C, 6x USB-A, and combination audio port. Perfect for keeping your setup simple.
Buy the Plugable USB-C Dual Monitor Docking Station, Certified Works with Chromebook, 60W Charging
List Price: $189.95
Alternatively, since laptops are typically more powerful than Chromebooks, they can be paired with our more inexpensive DisplayLink software-based docks, as they can afford to run additional applications to power the external displays. Featuring a hybrid 2-in-1 USB-A/C cable, a single connection from a host PC to this USB dock provides dual video outputs, wired Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5mm Headphone and Microphone jacks, two USB 3.0 ports, and four USB 2.0 ports
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List Price: $99.95
Ultimately, the best choice for you will depend on your needs and budget. A Chromebook is a great option if you need a computer for basic tasks such as browsing the web, checking email, and streaming videos. A laptop is a better choice if you need a computer for more demanding tasks such as gaming, video editing, or graphic design.
To summarize, we would recommend considering the information below when choosing your next mobile PC:
- Your budget: Chromebooks are typically less expensive than laptops, so if you're on a tight budget, a Chromebook is a good option.
- Your needs: If you need a computer for basic tasks such as browsing the web, checking email, and streaming videos, a Chromebook is a great option. If you need a computer for more demanding tasks such as gaming, video editing, or graphic design, a laptop is a better choice.
- Your preferences: Some people prefer the simplicity of Chrome OS, while others prefer the flexibility of Windows or macOS.
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