Chromebooks have been designed specially for office work that revolves around using a web browser and when they devices were first launched customers were hesitant to buy them since the devices were something entirely new on the market, but it seems like the Chromebooks are seeing great success and have huge sale percentage sales. The devices are powered by the user friendly Chrome OS and more importantly they are cheap, being priced around $159. Microsoft saw the Chromebooks as competition and as a response to that they allowed Windows 8 owners to upgrade their OS to Windows 10 for free until July 29th 2016 also the tech giant improved the start menu and added the virtual assistant Cortana. Microsoft’s Windows Laptop is also very affordable, being priced around $200. The two devices go head to head on the market, and right now we will compare the two platforms to see which one comes out victorious.
As its name implies, the Chromebooks uses Chrome browser. The browser has a clean interface and it’s one of the most popular browsers right now because it can fit anyone's needs, the only downside of is that only the Chrome browser is compatible with the platform and this might result in some connectivity problems. Users will not be able to run Flash or other plug-ins such as Java unlike Windows 10.
On the other hand the Windows Laptops are able to use Chrome as well and all other existing browsers, thus giving the user the necessary flexibility. The default browser for the platform is Edge, and this browser should not be overlooked since it has a huge amount of features, some that even Chrome doesn’t have.
Because Windows Laptops are manufactured by over 8 major tech companies, the device can be found in different sizes ranging from 11 to 18 inches, all the sizes having touch screen capability. The devices can be bought with either an AMD or Intel processor or with a RAM memory that varies between 2GB and 16GB of RAM also the storage can be expanded up to 1TB. Windows Laptops are available in both plastic and metal cases.
Chromebooks are not produced by so manufactures, but they can be found in different sizes as well varying from 11 to 15 inches, only that the bigger ones are harder to find since the majority of laptops are smaller than 15 inches. One downside is that not all Chromebooks sizes offer touch screens, but what’s good about them is that they are really easy to carry around because they are very light (2-4 pounds).
Windows Laptops use Cortana and the AI is very useful to have around. The user can ask Cortana any question he wants, such as what restaurants are in the close proximity and Cortana will automatically do a Bing search and list up the results.
The Chrome OS uses Google Now and it presents the same basic features. What makes Google Now more interesting is that it’s able to have a conversation with the user and it talks back a lot more than Cortana does.
Even if Google Now seems to win the round, this isn’t the case since Cortana does so much more than Google Now. Windows Laptops owners can use Cortana to dictate an email or to book an appointment, something which Google Now isn’t able to do.
The most important detail when buying a new gadget is of course, the price. For a long time Chrombooks were the only laptops that could be found priced below $200, but now Windows Laptop have joined Chromebooks.
An Asus Chromebook C201 can be acquired for as little as $168 and it sports 2GB of RAM, but with $189 customers can buy a Toshiba Chromebook 2 which is equipped with 4GB of RAM and a 13.3inch full HD display. The devices seem to be in for a tie in the price department since Window OS laptops are priced around $180 as well, the only difference being that Windows Laptops come in more sizes and models.