When Google announced the Chrome OS and the Chromebook back in 2011, the world knew that the search giant plans on releasing a cheap but capable laptop catered to students and educators alike. Now, it seems like Microsoft is about to challenge the market that Google once had with the Surface Laptop.
When one hears of Chromebooks, the next thing that comes to mind is its cost. Many would know by now that for a struggling student, the Chromebook is the most viable option for a laptop for school use. But now that Microsoft has entered the fray, students will now be able to make a choice on which system to get. But perhaps the main question is, “which one is better?”
In terms of cost, Google Chromebooks do come cheap. Some manufacturers even go as low as $199 for a brand new unit. Of course, with that price, one cannot expect a top-notch performance. However, there are some Chromebooks out there that has far superior hardware capabilities but still keep the cost under $500.
On the other hand, the Surface Laptop starts at $999. For anyone looking for more “oomph factor,” the specs can be boosted for a few hundred dollars more.
Anyone who has been using a computer for a long time will know that switching operating systems can sometimes be a pain. There is the uncomfortable adjustment period that one has trying to re-learn the nooks and crannies of a new operating system. This is why when choosing a device, it is one of the first considerations that one includes in the list.
The Surface Laptop and the Chromebook have something in common, they both use a lightweight operating system. These operating systems, while behaving in the completely opposite sides of the spectrum, do share one commonality: they are both tied to an app store.
The Windows 10 S is reliant on the Windows Store for all the apps that can be run on the Surface Laptop. If an app is not available in the Windows Store, there is no chance at all to run the application in question without upgrading to a Windows 10 Pro.
Meanwhile, the same thing applies for the Chromebook. However, the only good thing about the Chromebook, is that it can also run Android apps that normally run on a mobile phone.
When it comes to performance, the Surface Laptop is here to represent. This is due to the fact that the base specs start with an Intel i5 processor with 4GB of RAM and 128 of flash storage. Meanwhile, a Chromebook normally comes with an M series Intel processor with the same amount of RAM and storage. However, there are some Chromebooks that sport an Intel i5 chip like the Acer Chromebook 15 but still keep the cost to well under $500.
As mentioned, the Surface Laptop price starts at $999. The top-tier version of the laptop can set anyone back $2,699. But it should be noted that this configuration includes an Intel i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of flash storage.
When it comes to choosing between a Chromebook and the Surface Laptop, the first thing to be considered is the budget. If one wants a cheap and cheerful system, then the Google Chromebook is the obvious choice. However, for top-draw performance, the Surface Laptop is the best option.
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