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Compare a tablet, laptop, and a 2-in-1 laptop

You're considering buying a tablet, laptop, or 2-in-1 laptop, but you're not sure what the best option is. These types of devices differ in terms of performance, portability, and whether or not they have a touchscreen. In this article, I'll help you make a choice based on these 3 pointers.


Tablet performance

Tablet: watch movies and browse the internet

Do you mostly want to watch movies and use the internet? The processor and the smaller RAM of a tablet are sufficient. A tablet is less suitable to run demanding programs. Because it doesn't have a keyboard, a tablet is less suitable for use at school or work. A keyboard cover is an option, but typing will be less comfortable than with a laptop. In general, the battery of a tablet lasts a long time.

Laptop performance

Laptop: suitable for school and work

A laptop has a lot of RAM and a good processor. This allows you to perform more demanding tasks such as photo or video editing. In addition, you can store many files thanks to the large storage. The large keyboard makes a laptop suitable for use at school or at work. In addition, a laptop has many connectors. For example, you can connect the device to an external hard drive or to a large screen so that everyone can clearly read what you're presenting.

2-in-1 laptop performance

2-in-1 laptop: the middle ground

Want a device you can use at home, at work, or at school? A 2-in-1 laptop is a good option. In terms of performance, it's in between a tablet and a laptop. A 2-in-1 laptop is less powerful than a laptop, but more powerful than a tablet. And in contrast to a tablet, a 2-in-1 laptop has a keyboard, but its functionality isn't as extensive as that of a laptop keyboard. On top of that, a 2-in-1 laptop has fewer connectors and the battery life is shorter than that of a tablet or laptop.


Take your tablet with you

Tablet: light and compact

Tablets have a small size compared to laptops and 2-in-1 laptops. Most tablets are slightly larger than a standard notepad (A5 size). You can easily put a tablet in your bag. In addition, tablets are much lighter so you'll barely notice that you're carrying it with you. On top of that, can easily hold a tablet for a longer period of time without straining your arm, wrist, and hand.

Take your laptop with you

Laptop: more difficult to transport

A laptop generally has a larger screen. Laptops come in different sizes, but the screen of most models is slightly larger than an A4 paper. This larger screen is comfortable for use at work or in the classroom, but it also makes the laptop heavier. As a result, a laptop is not as easy to transport. Before you make your choice, consider if the better performance of a laptop is worth the extra weight and size.

Take a 2-in-1 laptop with you

2-in-1 laptop: foldable or detachable

On average, a 2-in-1 laptop is slightly smaller and lighter than a laptop, but larger and heavier than a tablet. With a foldable 2-in-1 laptop, you can adjust the keyboard to any angle you can think of. A detachable 2-in-1 allows you to detach the keyboard. You have the convenience of a keyboard at work or at school and you can use the 2-in-1 laptop as a tablet when you're at home.


tablet touchscreen

Tablet: touchscreen

You control a tablet with a touchscreen. This allows you to quickly and easily scroll through the menus. With a few taps, you can switch from your news app to your Facebook timeline or your favorite series on Netflix. The disadvantage of a tablet and touchscreen combination is that it's less suitable for text processing and working in programs with spreadsheets, for example.

laptop operation

Laptop: extensive keyboard functionality

A standard laptop doesn't have a touchscreen. As a result, navigating through menus and switching between different programs less smooth. Thanks to the mouse pad and keyboard, a laptop is more suitable for text processing software and spreadsheets, for example. On top of that, you can easily connect an external mouse via the USB port of your laptop.

2-in-1 laptop touchscreen keyboard

2-in-1 laptop: touchscreen and keyboard

You can control a 2-in-1 laptop both via the touchscreen and with a keyboard and mouse. Use the touchscreen to quickly scroll through your menus and programs. Want to use a text processor or work in a spreadsheet? Use the keyboard with mouse pad. Keep in mind that the keyboard of a 2-in-1 laptop is slightly smaller. It also has a less extensive functionality than a laptop keyboard. You can connect an external mouse to a 2-in-1 laptop via a USB port.


Thanks to its size and weight, a tablet is much easier to transport than a laptop. A laptop delivers better performance. In addition, a laptop is better for text processing software and spreadsheets. A 2-in-1 laptop is in between a tablet and laptop. The advantage is that you can operate a 2-in-1 laptop as a tablet and as a laptop. This being said, a 2-in-1 laptop isn't a better solution than a separate tablet or laptop when it comes to any specific task.

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