Laptop vs. tablet: which one do I need?

Written by Guest Blogger on October 9, 2012

With new technology perpetually getting smaller and more portable, many people will be wondering if they should ditch their cumbersome laptop in favour of the sleek and slim tablet. Of course, the tablet is infinitely more manageable than a laptop when it comes to working on the move, but is that all there is to it? Let’s weigh up the pros and cons of both.


Firstly, size matters, but it is a matter of choice. While some might place portability at the top of their list, others will find the touch screen irritating. It may actually be easier to work on a laptop which has a full keyboard and a high screen resolution, not to mention a larger screen that makes browsing more convenient. However, when tablets weigh less than a pound, does this outweigh the need for a mouse or keyboard?

Tablets certainly beat laptops when it comes to battery power. Most tablets can run for 10 hours before they need to be charged, compared with roughly three hours for a laptop. This is because the hardware of a laptop uses far more power, and the battery is a smaller component of the device’s hardware than with a tablet.

Elsewhere, a laptop has far more storage space than a tablet. Most laptops use traditional hard drives while tablets have to rely on solid state drives for storage memory, which limit the amount of data you can have stored on your device. If it is important to the user to have lots of files accessible while commuting or traveling, then a traditional laptop may be more useful. If only a few projects need to be stored on the user’s machine while on the move, then a tablet will be ideal.

The choice between the two comes down to the lifestyle of the user. Tablets are light but delicate, and any damage to the exposed screen could render them useless. Conversely, laptops are heavier but more durable, so a potential buyer would need to consider how their daily routines may be affected by their comparative impracticality. It does seem, however, that touch screen technology is here to stay, so it may be worth getting accustomed to.

This is a guest post written by Matthew Langham on behalf of Sony Electronics who create super-slim aluminium tablets




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