Spec Comparison Overview
There are too many devices on the market for me to compare them all but I would like to provide some estimation of what each devices strengths and weaknesses are. So I’m going to choose 1 device from each of the 4 categories to compare against each other.
All the devices will be from a similar price point which is approximately $550.
I will grade each device a score out of 4, with 1 being the highest and 4, the lowest. If two devices should be similar in specs in some way or form, they will tie for that number. I hope that makes some sort of sense.
From that graph, I think you’ll notice that each device bares it’s own merits. You might think that a laptop would be able to outrank the other devices, but you’d be sorely mistaken. Each device holds there own in one category or another and each has a place on the market.
So, which device should you choose?
The Gamer/Artist: If you use need your PC for work as well as playing graphically intensive games, then a laptop would be my suggestion. It’s also beneficial for those that use CPU and GPU intensive software for movie editing and image creation. You may have to carry a slightly heavier device around with you but you’ll have the freedom to do as you please – if you don’t mind the odd stop at a coffee shop for a recharge.
The Workaholic: If you work with lots of important documents day in and day out, a Chromebook may be right for you. Whether you work from home or in an office, you’ll surely have Wi-Fi to receive emails and you can be confident that your files are backed up and available to you, should you forget your Chromebook somewhere.
The All-Rounder: I would never have recommended netbooks before but they’ve grown on me in a big way. If you’re looking for a device to work on but also spend a lot of time on Facebook and random browsing – you might be interested in checking out a netbook. If you’re not a big gamer and just require a device that’s portable and convenient, netbooks are a great choice. You’ll also benefit from a longer battery life which is especially great for students who (supposedly) spend a lot of time studying.
The Average Joe: If you’re looking for a device to watch movies on in the subway or read a book or comic in bed – tablets are the way to go. They are very lightweight and easy to carry around. I use my laptop for work and games but my tablet for all my browsing and reading. I’ve found that the 10″ tablets are perfect for viewing comic books as well.
This is just my take on these devices and how I view them. Let me know which device you prefer and why…