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Laptop or Tablet? A Look at the Pros and Cons

In 2018, around 134.1 million tablets and 165 million laptops have been shipped globally, according to a report by Statista.com. The report clearly shows that people are buying devices based on how they intend to use them. However, most people have a hard time choosing between the two, and it’s understandable for them, as both laptops and tablets jointly perform similar functions. Laptops and tablets have their comparative advantages and disadvantages based on the users’ preference.

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Let’s compare the top factors that may affect your decision when choosing between a laptop or tablet:

Processor Performance

When stuck deciding on whether to buy a laptop or tablet for work, gaming, school or leisure, a 2-in-1 computer that has both of their capabilities might be the best option for you. However, people who are heavy users might prefer buying the traditional laptop as it can handle several user applications running at the same time. Tablets rely on low performing processors that lack inbuilt fans while laptops have inbuilt fans to cool off the heat from their high performing processors. Both of them are highly capable of performing the same kind of tasks. However, the laptop slightly edges the tablet.

Portability and Ease of Use

Tablets are ultra-thin and more portable than laptops. When you’re always on the move during the day, then the tablet becomes your go-to device. Although some of the laptops are thin, they still require to be carried in their bag vis-à-vis a tablet can fit in your pocket or purse. Besides, using the tablet is much easier and faster due to the availability of an onscreen keyboard and touch functionality. Tablets are preferred and widely being used by salespeople who are always on the move, at hotels by waiters, and other various industries by workers for their portability and longer battery life.

Storage Capacity and Compatibility

Tablets use the solid state drive technology for storage purposes and therefore have less storage capacity than laptops. Nowadays, some of the laptops incorporate both the SSD and the optical hard drives. The effect is that they are lighter offer higher storage capacity and better performance. A tablet might be useful for users who store photos, videos and download music files. For students and office workers who install and run multiple applications on their devices, the laptop is the more convenient option. It has a bigger storage space, and its multiple ports and cards slots make it compatible with many devices.

Overall, both devices have their pros and cons.  Your selection of a tablet, laptop or a hybrid depends on what’s convenient for you. Your preference may depend on the above three factors and other additional features based on your overall needs.

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