Chromebooks vs. Windows 10 Laptops: What Should You Buy?

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Chromebooks are continuing to mature into a force to be reckoned with. Offering a simple and stripped-down experience, Google's Chrome OS is extremely easy to use (if you can use a browser, you're good), and it comes inside several affordable laptops that cost as little as $179.

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However, Microsoft isn't taking this threat lightly, continuing to update Windows 10 with new tricks, revolving around an ever-improving Start menu and the helpful Cortana assistant. So, which computing platform is truly the best? To answer that question, we put both Windows and Chrome OS to the test and compared them in 12 rounds of head-to-head competition.

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Windows 10 is a well-polished and finished operating system that feels more integrated and seamless than its predecessors. Pressing the Start button reveals the new Start menu, filled with your most used programs and recently installed apps on the left. To the right is a wider panel, where you can pin tiles that are animated with updates. The taskbar has been updated to include a Cortana search bar next to the Start button and small icons that show which programs are open.

On the bottom right of the desktop, Windows 10 adds a notification icon that, when clicked, brings you to the new Action Center, where you can see alerts from apps that are both active and dormant. There are also quick settings in this notifications menu in the form of tiles.

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In the newest version of Chrome OS, the Start-like button sits in the bottom-left corner. When pressed, the launcher pop-up features a Google search bar and a list of your most recently opened apps. Depending on if your Chromebook supports Touch or not, scrolling down may Google Now info cards, which give you information like local weather, suggested articles based on your search activity, and calendar updates. Chromebooks with support for the Play Store and Android apps have dropped the Google Now card interface.

The taskbar in Chrome OS shows icons for currently active apps, as well as shortcuts to essential Google apps, such as Docs, Drive and YouTube. Basic settings, such as Wi-Fi and Time, are accessed on the bottom right. Chrome OS was built as a Web-first operating system, so apps usually run in a Chrome browser window. The same is true for apps that can run offline.

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Both Windows 10 and Chrome are great for working in side-by-side windows. For each OS, all you need to do is drag a window to one side, where it snaps to half-screen mode. However, Windows lets you snap up to four windows, compared to two for Chrome OS.

Another thing to consider is touch-friendly devices. There are Windows 10 and Chrome OS laptops with touch screens, and both benefit greatly from them, in differing ways. Windows 10 has tablet mode, which removes your taskbar icons and puts all apps in full-screen mode, leaving you with a minimalist workspace that removes a lot of desktop distractions. And with the new universal apps in the Windows app store, you'll be able to run most of your favorite programs in both desktop and tablet modes.

Chromebook shoppers should definitely look for models with touch screens, though, as the tappable display helps them take advantage of the platform's latest major feature: Android apps. Downloaded via the Google Play store on specific Chromebooks that support them, Android apps can run in Chrome OS, but they're not optimized for a keyboard and mouse, so you'll need to use a touchscreen to make the most of them. 

Winner: Chrome OS. Though it's not as great for multitasking, Chrome OS offers a simpler and more straightforward interface than Windows 10.

Cortana vs. Google Now

In many ways, the new Cortana in Windows 10 is a lot like Google Now in Chrome. Clicking on the Cortana search bar brings up a window with useful information, including the weather, your next calendar appointment and local restaurants to check out. If you have "Hey, Cortana" enabled, you can say that phrase to bring up a window and ask any question you want. I asked, "How do you get from New York City to D.C.?" and Cortana brought up a Bing search-results page with a map of the route between the two cities.

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On the flip side, Chrome OS has a similar feature you can enable in Settings, called "OK, Google," that will let you ask Google Now questions when the Launcher is open or when a blank Chrome tab is open. When asked the same question ("How do you get from New York City to D.C.?"), Google Now brought up a similar search page in Google with a map of the route. In addition, the voice assistant spoke to me, saying it takes 4 hours and 9 minutes to get to Washington, D.C., from Manhattan with light traffic. Google Now tends to speak more than Cortana does, audibly giving you related information about what you initially searched for.

However, Cortana does a lot more than Google Now. For instance, you can perform natural-language searches for files on your laptop, dictate emails, book appointments and, yes, tell jokes. If you're lucky enough to own a Chromebook that supports Google Assistant — the Pixelbook is the only one we've seen so far — though, you've got a virtual helper that can keep pace with Cortana.

Unfortunately, some Chromebooks — such as the Acer Chromebook C731 — support Android but not Assistant, and don't have Google Now either.

Winner: Windows 10. Cortana is more versatile than Google Now.

Apps and Software

For a laptop to be fully functional, you'll need a few basic programs, including ones for productivity, photo editing, video editing, video playback, music playback and a browser. For Windows laptops and Chromebooks, all of that's possible, but Google's OS is still a work in progress, despite recent additions.

If there's a program you want to run, chances are that Windows supports it. And that goes for most games as well. Looking for a more tablet-like experience, or have a system with a touch screen? Microsoft claims that there are 669,000 apps in the Windows Store. 

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Some of our favorite Windows 10 apps include Facebook, Kindle and Flipboard. All three of those options offer interactive Live Tiles to keep you updated on what's happening in the world. The Dropbox app on Windows 10 is clean and simple to use, as is Adobe Photoshop Express.

And while Chrome OS started as a big browser — where if you wanted to run a program or play a game, you had to do it in Chrome — that's changing. 2017 saw many Chromebooks offer Android apps. Those machines — which include the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA, the Samsung Chromebook Plus and Pro and the Google Pixelbook, download these apps from the Google Play store, which reportedly houses 2,800,000 apps, in addition to those from the Chrome Web Store, which has thousands of its own titles.

This means those Chromebooks can run an ever-growing library of programs, such as productivity tools including Microsoft Office and Wunderlist, games such as NBA Jam, Fallout Shelter and Super Mario Run and even Instagram, which PCs and Macs can't.

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And while those apps can work offline, if your Chromebook isn't on the list of those with Android apps, you're hampered for what you can do without a signal. A few dozen of those apps offer at least some offline functionality, such as Kindle Cloud Reader and Google Drive for reading and editing on the go. Also, you can change the settings in some programs, such as Google Docs, to access them offline.

Winner: Windows 10. In this case, more is better.

Photo and Video Editing

Windows 10 offers a plethora of photo-editing programs, including support for Photoshop Elements and the rest of Adobe's Creative Suite.

What you will find on the web-based Chrome OS platform are some basic editing options, such as Photoshop Express (for Android supporting machines) and Pixlr Editor for others. Using the latter, we took a high-resolution photo of a tiger and quickly added effects, an overlay and text, and adjusted the color for brightness, contrast, focal blur and much more. It's an easy-to-navigate program with straightforward tools. If you're a casual photo editor, these will probably suffice.

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With Windows 10 came the introduction of Microsoft's new Photos app, which has basic photo-editing tools. When you open a photo in the app, you can choose the option to edit it from the top-right navigation bar, which opens up tools on the right and left sides of the photo. In basic fixes, you'll find options like auto-enhance, which bumps up the contrast and saturation and, in some cases, straightens out an image; rotate; crop; and retouch. For more controlled editing, you can manipulate light (brightness, contrast, highlights and shadows) and colors (temperature, tint and saturation), and there are filters and effects to give your photos more personality.

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Anyone who has used mobile photo editors like Instagram and Afterlight will easily get the hang of the new Windows Photos app. More serious photographers will want to download programs like Adobe Photoshop to have full control over their images, which is not an option on Chrome OS.

Filmmakers — who get a ton of options on PCs, such as Adobe Premiere Pro — will likely find that Chromebooks aren't ready for the big screen nor prime time. Adobe Premiere Clip is available for those machines with Android app support, but as its name suggests, it's not for feature-length works. The story gets sadder over at the Chrome Web Store, which is stocked with simple, no-frills options, such as Magisto and WeVideo, that offer autocorrection and editing with a few clicks. 

Winner: Windows 10. Beginners and pros alike get the most options in a Windows 10 laptop.

Web Browsing

Chrome is a great browser that offers strong performance, a clean and easy-to-use interface, and a ton of extensions. But if you own a machine running Chrome OS, you better really like it, because there aren't any alternatives. The Chrome browser on Chrome OS cannot run Flash or other important plugins, such as Java, meaning that sometimes, you will run into compatibility problems when trying to view certain websites or select extensions.

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On the other hand, Windows 10 can also run Chrome, along with pretty much every other web browser ever made, giving you the flexibility to surf the internet exactly how you want to. Microsoft's new browser, Edge, also has some handy features not found in Chrome, such as the ability to write directly on websites and send those notes and scribbles to friends; Cortana search embedded on the same page; and a reading mode that removes distracting elements like ads and saves articles so they can be viewed offline.

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Winner: Windows 10. Chrome is good, but Windows 10 lets you use Chrome along with a bunch of other web browsers. Choice is king.

File Management

Windows still provides a traditional and familiar folder of files, which appears in the simple File Explorer program. You can also save to your desktop, pin documents to the bar and create new folders in a jiffy. You can even access your Microsoft OneDrive files to see what you've stored in the cloud.

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There's also a Files folder in the main menu for Chromebooks. But it's not in the Start menu by default, as it is on Windows 10. From here, you can access your Google Drive files or any files that have been downloaded and saved to the machine's storage drive.

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The main drawback for Chromebook users is the smaller amount of space you're likely to have on your machine's hard drive. The Samsung Chromebook 3, for example, offers 32GB of local storage, and Google offers 15GB of cloud storage for free. For two years, you can access 100GB of Drive cloud storage for free, but after that, you'll have to pay $1.99 per month to hold onto that space. Also, you can purchase up to 1TB of online space for $9.99 per month, if you need more. People who need a lot of storage can buy up to 30TB for $300 per month.

In comparison, the Windows-powered Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-575-33BM) comes with a 1TB hard drive, and 15GB of OneDrive storage is available for free through a Microsoft account. You can access files on your Windows 10 PC via the Start menu in File Explorer. Also, with Cortana integration, you can type in commands, such as "Show me photos from last week," and it will bring up files that fit those criteria.

Winner: Windows 10. People who keep tons of photos, videos and other files will want the local storage space that Windows offers.


Being the go-to business-friendly operating system, Windows 10 is the standard when it comes to getting stuff done. As such, many businesses use software that is compatible only with Windows. For instance, you won't be using AutoCAD design software on a Chromebook.

Microsoft's own Office suite — which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint — is also the standard bearer for productivity software. But that's not your only option on a Windows machine; you can use Google Drive, OpenOffice or any number of third-party software programs.

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On Chromebooks, you can still access Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but — unless your Chromebook runs Android apps — they're Microsoft's web-only versions of the apps available through OneDrive. These options require you to be online to use them. You can download files to your local storage and edit them there, but your system will open them as Google Drive files.

There are third-party productivity options for Chrome OS, including Zoho and Polaris, but most of those programs require an internet connection as well. Google Drive, however, works offline, and we really like the real-time collaborative editing and number of useful add-ons. Also, Microsoft has created Chrome apps for its office suite of tools — including Word, Excel and PowerPoint — so you can create and edit those documents on a Chrome OS. In typical fashion, they are web apps you need to download and install to use, and they are available only for online use.

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Winner: Windows 10. If you're not wedded to Google Drive for all your productivity needs, Windows is the way to go.


Most hard-core games require some serious specs, including discrete graphics chips, plenty of onboard storage and advanced processing power. That's totally doable on a high-end Windows 10 machine, such as the Alienware 17 R5, but the lower-end machines won't be able to handle it. There are currently no Chromebooks aimed at gaming, and AAA titles aren't available on Chrome OS.

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As such, you will not be able to download or play World of Warcraft, Dota 2, Overwatch, Rocket League or The Witcher 3 on a Chromebook. The games simply aren't supported by Google's operating system.

If you've got the Google Play Store on your Chromebook, you're in better shape than those without it. Our favorite Android games for Chrome OS include NBA JAM, Alto's Adventure and Pocket Mortys. If you want to game, you better get a Chromebook with a touch screen, as Chrome OS notebooks without it, which can only pull titles from the Chrome Web Store — where the best things you'll find are Cut the Rope and Plants vs. Zombies.

Additionally, Chrome OS doesn't support Steam, EA's Origin, Ubisoft's Uplay and other gaming portals.

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Another perk Microsoft added is the ability to stream Xbox One games to a Windows 10 PC. With the Xbox One app installed on a Windows 10 device, you can hook up an Xbox One controller to the computer and play titles you'd normally play on your console. Just note that another person can't use your Xbox at the same time.

Also, a bit of a warning: not all games work on the best Chromebook! PUBG Mobile, an Android game made to run on mobile processors, won't run on the Google Pixelbook's Intel Core i5 processor.

Winner: Windows 10. You simply cannot run many of the games you might want to play on a Chromebook.

Media Playback

Neither Windows 10 nor Chrome OS supports every file type ever made, but on Microsoft-powered machines, you have the option of downloading codecs to play those files on your laptop. QuickTime files, among several other types, cannot be played back on a Chromebook.

For media files, Chromebooks support .3gp, .avi, .mov, .mp4, m4v, .mp3, .mkv, .ogv, .ogm, .ogg, .oga. .webm and .wav. That means there's no .aac file support, and thus no iTunes. You also won't find .h264 files, which is the backdrop for some 60 percent of all web videos and the default codec in which many cameras record. Chrome OS doesn't support .tiff image files, either.

In addition to all the file types supported by Google's OS, Microsoft's Windows Media Center natively supports .aac, .asf, .asx, .m2ts, .m3u, .mpg, .mpeg, .qt, .wmv, .vod and .wma files. You can also play optical discs on Windows 10 with the necessary hardware, but you won't be able to play DVDs or Blu-ray discs on a Chromebook.

You can download the VLC media player onto an Android-supporting Chromebook, but our early testing shows this app doesn't work well on Chrome OS.

Winner: Windows 10. You're unlikely to find a file you can't play on Windows 10.


Windows has long been a known target for hackers looking to infect PCs with viruses, malware, botnets and keyloggers. In fact, the very first thing anyone should do with a new Windows laptop is install an antivirus suite. However, Microsoft's Windows Defender does come built in, and that's better than nothing.

MORE: Best Antivirus Protection for PCs

Windows Defender runs in the background and notifies you if you need to take an action, such as removing a virus. The SmartScreen feature also warns you when it doesn't recognize an app, to help prevent phishing attacks. Plus, the secure-boot feature means that every time you turn on your laptop, it will check itself for digital certificates of authenticity before it boots. That means it will not load infected software.

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Cloud customers have access to a few extra security features. Device Guard protects Windows 10 machines from any unknown software that hasn't been approved by an official vendor or Microsoft itself. In an effort to expand on its biometric systems, Microsoft is enabling Windows Hello to unlock devices just by using fingerprint scanners. Also, if you have an Intel RealSense camera, you can use your face to access your device or Microsoft Passport without a PIN.

Chromebooks have not yet caught the eye of many hackers. But more than that, Google promotes the security of its operating system as a key selling point. A Chromebook automatically checks for and applies security updates, while including Web filters and sandboxing media. Also, Chrome OS doesn't support Flash, so any security issues surrounding it won't affect the system.

If something does get into your Chrome OS system, restoring it to its factory settings requires only a couple of clicks on the mouse pad. The only security problem Chromebook owners really face is thieves looking to hack the sites you use, where a lot of personal data is stored.

Winner: Chrome OS. Assuming you can keep your Google password to yourself, you're safer in Chrome.

MORE: Mobile Security Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Hardware Options

Variety is the spice of life, and fewer types of technology offer as much variety as Windows PCs. The screens alone can range in size from 11 to 21 inches, both with and without touch capability. Eight major manufacturers create Windows laptops, offering Intel and AMD chips, onboard memory that varies wildly from 2GB to 16GB, and storage sizes that go up to the terabyte level.

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Some Windows machines are plastic, and some are metal. Some come in nonstandard colors. Some are meant to be portable, while others are more deskbound. You'll also find Windows machines dedicated to business and gamers, and 2-in-1 machines that double as notebooks and tablets. There truly is an option for everyone when it comes to Windows.

The Chromebook market is smaller but growing steadily. We've reviewed over 30 Chromebooks from companies including Acer, Dell, Asus, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba, among others. The display size ranges from 11 to 15 inches, but most are smaller than 15 inches. Only a couple of models offer a touch screen. Chromebooks are incredibly portable, though, usually weighing between 2 and 4 pounds.

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You'll find some niche Chromebooks popping up for business customers. These machines, such as the gorgeous Google Pixelbook and the Gorilla Glass-enforced Acer Chromebook 14 for Work cost more, but look and feel a lot more like their PC counterparts.

Winner: Windows 10. Microsoft's ecosystem gives you more options, which means you're more likely to find something you really like.


There was a time when the only laptops priced under $250 were Chromebooks. But with Microsoft's initiative to make Windows 10 machines more affordable, the gap in price between Windows 10 and Chrome OS devices has been completely eliminated.

Take the 11-inch HP Stream 11. Starting at $199, this machine is a well-built PC with solid performance, great sound and a slick purple design. Then, there's the $219 Lenovo Ideapad 120S, which features an attractive 2.4-pound design, a decent keyboard and more than 8 hours of endurance.

In Chrome OS world, you can get a laptop like the Samsung Chromebook 3 for as little as $179, and while it comes with an OK 4GB of RAM its 32GB of storage might not be enough if you want to load it with Android apps and save music and movies . If you're willing to spend more, consider the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA, which gives you a lot of laptop for your money, with a rotating 12.5-inch full-HD (a rarity on PCs in this price range) touchscreen display, 4GB of RAM and nearly 9 hours of battery life, all for just $449. Dell's $349 Chromebook 3189 costs $100 less, while cutting storage in half and including a lower-res display.

If you can be swayed by the addition of promotional goodies, both Google and Microsoft have some attractive incentives that may help sweeten the deal. Currently, Google is offering several hundred dollars' worth of free stuff to customers purchasing a new Chromebook, including 100GB of storage on Google Drive, 90 days of Google Play Music and three free movies from Google Play.

Deals from Microsoft vary from vendor to vendor, but budget machines often include a free one-year subscription to Office 365 (which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint), and 500GB of storage on OneDrive, a $70 value. If you want the best productivity suite, this subscription is more desirable than Google's collection of freebies.

Winner: Tie. Prices are about the same for each OS. Windows 10 machines offer a wider range of configurations, but Google's free add-ons are hard to ignore.

Overall Winner: Windows 10

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Microsoft's Windows came out on top in this battle, winning nine out of 12 rounds and tying in one round. It simply offers shoppers more — more apps, more photo and video-editing options, more browser choices, more productivity programs, more games, more types of file support and more hardware options. You can also do more offline. Plus, the cost of a Windows 10 PC can now match the value of a Chromebook.

If you're comfortable living in the cloud and you want to get stuff done in a secure yet simple environment, a Chromebook will suit you nicely. However, if you need power and versatility, Windows 10 reigns supreme.

Additional contribution by Andrew E. Freedman

Author Bio
Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.
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  • Sir Prised Says:

    The article goes down-hill from here: "So, which computing platform is truly the best? To answer that question, we put both Windows and Chrome OS to the test and compared them in 12 rounds of head-to-head competition."
    The author clearly has no useful opinions if that is the opening premise.

  • Isaiah Laderman Says:

    You have neglected to try to evaluate the speed of a Chromebook vs Windows 10 on hardware of equal cost. I remember when speed was just about the only criteria in computer reviews.

  • Albert Perez Says:

    You left out performance/speed in your ratings. Win10 is heavy and complicated. I would bet Chrome OS is quicker. Also, if space IS a concern (budget notebooks) Chrome OS will take up A LOT LESS space in storage. You can't install anything on a small notebook with Win10 - the OS takes up 90% of the storage!

  • blackiyto Says:

    These inexpensive tools do exactly what our business requires with a 5 minute configuration and training session for our IT folk.

  • Lyle Sharp Says:

    Mr. Casey, a literature arts grad, has attempted a technical assessment of two disparate operating systems on far different hardware platforms and delivered an at best, completely inaccurate series of statements and assessments. I could go through the article point by point to refute claims and such, but it is not my intention to right a ship I am not sailing on. Instead, I just want it known that the article lacks any reasonable comparison points and makes incorrect statements regarding knowledge the writer clearly lacks or improperly infers. A Chromebook is a best used as a remote client for web based services. As such, it is an exceptionally well designed tool. A windows based system by comparison, is a huge waste of resources for such a purpose. I currently run a modestly sized IT operation for an organization doing about 500 million in sales this year. IT operates all required Windows systems where they belong: inside a 'Nix based virtual machine. Corporate and fulltime employees widely run Windows 10 and Office 365, but our largest number of employees (part-timers) actually use a Chromebook as their daily driver. These inexpensive tools do exactly what our business requires with a 5 minute configuration and training session for our IT folk. After six months of deployment, we have done exactly two remote support sessions for these devices compared to 547 for our Windows based devices. If you are considering a Chromebook, they are cheap enough to just buy and try. We did, and decided to run with them, altering our cost basis for those employees by at least the $1300 difference in costs between a deployed Windows laptop and a deployed Chromebook. Required support hours are much lower too.

  • colin Says:

    If you know you are not ready for stress when working with docs especially when youare already use to a normal window laptop please dont get a chromebook its going to F you up believe me. A word is enough for the wise

  • cppajkkekc Says:

    pcs can run the Instagram app, and fallout shelter. they are both in the windows store.

  • Thomas M Edmonds Says:

    I got tired of fighting viruses and managing my software, so I got a chrome box. Best decision of my computer life! I use the windows machine for some programs, but am otherwise 100% chrome now. Starts immediately, almost never crashes, automatically manages viruses and has good apps. I am sold!

  • Joy George Kunjikkuru Says:

    Can we install traditional apps in Acer one Cloudbook? Or is it limited to only the windows store apps?

  • MarylandBill Says:

    Honestly, this list is rather biased. Obviously, if budget is no option and security is not a concern, the best option is going to be a Windows laptop... that you then install linux on :)....Sorry couldn't help that. But if we compare $300 and less notebooks, the comparison becomes a bit more fair. First, no one looking to spend $300 on a computer should be primarily concerned with gaming as you are going to get marginal performance at best with serious games on a $300 windows laptop. When you compare hardware specs, you are going to have an easier time finding Chromebooks with full HD screens (Though that is starting to change). Both windows and chromeos laptops in this price range come with flash memory of some sort, though you can find a few windows boxes with cheap 500 Gb HD's and one or two chromebooks might still have them. In any case, 32GB on a windows box is barely enough to function, while on a chromebook, that leaves you a decent amount of room for local file storage.

    Also finally, after two years of sub $300 windows boxes with 2GB of RAM, they are finally starting to upgrade to 4GB.. but still, ChromeOS will perform quite well with 4GB, windows really needs 8 or more to shine (not busting windows here, just pointing out that its not really an apples to apples comparison here).

  • Jordan McClements Says:

    Worst thing I ever did was buy a Windows 10 Laptop. An awful, awful OS on a (decent spec Dell) laptop. I'd list all the problems I've had with it here but I don't have a spare 3 hours..
    I also recently bought 2 chromebooks for my kids and they were (not joking here) at least 100 times quicker to get set up and install all updates.
    Windows is very much a 20th century operating system IMHO.

  • William Dineen Says:

    I think a more fair comparison would have been sub $400 window computer to Chromebooks, comparing Chromebooks to the highest level of windows isn't fair. People in the market for a chromebook are the people looking for either a secondary computer or a tablet Chromebook vs the Yoga 910? The 910 wins evertime. Chromebook vs a $200 Windows Laptop? well then it's a new ball game.

  • Jeff Joseph Says:

    Own a 130 Dollar Acer CB & a 800 Dell Win 10.
    Guess what I use 90% of the time. The Dell spends too much time updating.The CB none.

  • Susan Says:

    Interesante, Ramón dice que chrome es mejor pero creo que Windows es más util. Esa hp laptop que te mostre tiene windows 10!

  • Anonymous Says:

    You just saved me from getting a zero on my Computer Science project!

  • raymond cook Says:

    Thanks found this very helpfull

  • Alan Hayward Says:

    When was the last time you heard someone say "I really want to play the new Call of Duty, and I think one of those cheap Windows laptops would be perfect"? Never! Rubbish comparison...

  • Dex4Sure Says:

    Chrome OS is a nice concept, but as long as it only supports so limited hardware and cannot just be installed on any machine (like Windows 10 can) it will not be able to compete. Also still most desktop power user tools are missing...

    Fools who think ChromeOS comes even close Windows 10 are obviously the smartphone fools who never used powerful computers before... Anyway, Chromebooks are sufficient for the average plebs sure, cause they don't need more. Windows 10 is for more advanced users (despite many Google fanboys here seem to think Win 10 is for newbies, which is not at all the case). ChromeOS is simple, gets the job done for the average person. But it cannot dethrone Windows not by a long shot.

    If ChromeOS wants to do that it really needs to support WIDE array of different hardware and software just like Windows does now. And I don't see that happening.

  • Chris Chan Says:

    Chromebooks arent limited to Chrome OS. Add ssd storage, flash the firmware, and Install Custom linux distro.. Now thats top hardware for 1/3 of the apple price, and virus free.

  • Elliander Eldridge Says:

    For my college work I need windows development software, but when I looked at a light inexpensive Windows 10 computer I found that there was almost no space for anything to be installed - let alone a development package. Visual Studios alone would require far more space than the 32 GB hard drive built in and I could forget about the Unreal Engine. I then thought about a larger windows computer, but that ends up costing way more than I needed, so I thought about remote access, but then that creates a mess of windows software on the laptop I don't need.

    After careful consideration I decided to buy a Chromebook, use a microSD card for extra offline storage, and then just use my phone's mobile hotspot to remote access my much more powerful windows computer in my home office to get the best of both worlds.

  • Syd Syd Says:

    Leo LaPort thinks chromebook is better for average people who don't play games. So I'm getting a chromebook

  • Markles Says:

    The author of this article has done the computing public a huge disservice. I have a house full of Windows PCs, most running Windows 10. All of them crash, freeze, mysteriously lose Wifi connectivity, or lose Bluetooth functionality for no apparent reason. I've started replacing them all with Chromebooks. Best decision I ever made. The Chromebooks work effortlessly and consistently and battery life is extraordinary. I have one Windows machine that I use for processor and memory-intensive apps like video editing, but everything else is done on a Chromebook.The average user is better served with a simple, stable OS running on an affordable Chromebook.

  • Dan Millward Says:

    This article is complete rubbish. It's so one-sided it makes you think have they been sponsored by Microsoft. Yes I agree Windows PC is much better than Chromebook for playing games, and I agree PC better for graphic and video software. However, all other comments are rubbish.

    I have a Windows 10 PC and I use it to play games and create graphics. My chromebook I use for everything else because it so easy to use, is virus free, and boots in 7 seconds flat. I have a Toshiba Chromebook 2, and it is fantastic. I know when I turn it on I am not having to deal with possible crashes.

    Microsoft are on the way out, especially in the consumer market. Nobody would get a Microsoft PC unless they play games. Majority of people just surf the net, and the Chromebook is best for this.

    This article is so bad because it is total trash.

  • Dr Richard Stallman Says:

    Windows 10 is a plebeian OS
    nothing to see or talk about

  • Joel Richard Says:

    I like windows 10 but cortana doesn't work at all for me, the updates are annoying, gaming sucks on budget laptops anyway, the cloud is better for office work, media support for itunes is worth nothing to me. In short, the whole reason to buy a low cost laptop is to avoid the hassles of windows for simple usage. The big ones are security and simplicity. At the $200 price point, these are the only two measures that matter. I still think windows 10 is great but not a chromebook killer. Not even close.

  • Brendan Speet Says:

    This review is terrible and funded by M$ I'll guarantee anyone that has a Chromebook demonstrated to them properly will buy one.

    The average user will listen to music watch videos organise photos video chat with friends and family surf the web and print. Nothing does this as well as a Chromebook.

    The business user will live in email and calendar collaborate on documents video conference Google Apps kills this and integrates into all task management crm webased solutions.

    It takes minutes to be logged in and productive on a chrome book and any good IT person that supports chrome books for work education or the family help desk will tell you how easy these things are to deploy and manage.

  • Shankar Says:

    All you brainy people , does your beloved Chrome OS provide Print Drivers?????

  • Pau Torres Says:

    The big diffence is performance: a slow specs Win10 y slow, so slow. But main specs in chromebook is really fast

  • Mary C Fenlason Says:

    After reading above comparison, I am interested in the windows 10 laptop. I collect a lot of photos, on my phone -Galaxy J3 2016, I tend to go over my allotted data.

  • Mikey Says:

    Can't disagree with you more. Windows offers do little support for non techies. I've downloaded Windows 10 after umming and aarghing for months. First problem can't do a pre install backup. Windows 7 doesn't allow 4k backup. It's been God knows how long Microsoft have known about this. Take a punt and media doesn't play, neither audio or video. A problem a lot of people have had for over a year. I hate Apple but can't see me throwing more money at M$.

  • Cirrus1500 Says:

    This article is written and published in 2014. The author then changed the publishing date to May 13, 2016 to give a false impression that it is a new article. No wonder it says nothing about Chrome OS supporting Android Apps. All information are at least 2 years old. Readers, nothing fresh here. Better go find something new to read elsewhere.

  • Alex1 Says:

    The web browsing really has to go to Chrome, despite the choice of browsers on Windows. The bottom line is that you simply don't have a browser on Windows, including Chrome, that works as well as Chrome on a Chromebook. Aside from the fact that you pretty much don't have to care about malware when browsing on a Chromebook, the experience is just more responsive. Chrome is the most complete browser in terms of standards support. But it just doesn't work as well on Windows as it does on a Chromebook. You get smooth scrolling with a much better acceleration curve for the touchpad than Chrome on Windows. You also have the fact that the machine starts up faster - or wakes from sleep faster. If you want to grab a computer and do a quick search for something, you're going to get it done faster with a Chromebook.

  • Rick. Says:

    When you factor in the price of a Chromebook- and do a comparison with a Windows 10 laptop that is similarly priced, most of the "advantages" that Windows has over Chrome OS- with respect to programs and gaming is moot. You cannot run advanced video-editing programs or graphically-intensive games on a $200 Windows machine. To actually use the functionality that Windows affords, you must purchase a much more expensive laptop that is capable of such demands. If you're comparing apples to apples, there is not very much that a $200 Windows machine can do that a $200 Chromebook can't. Personally, I will take the simplicity, intuitiveness, security, and battery life of my Chromebook over a crappy $200 Windows laptop.

  • Greg Google Says:

    Yeah, I call BS on this article. Try managing 1000 Windows laptops vs 1000 chromebooks and then you'll see why Microsoft is about to go the way of the dinosaur. Nice biased article.

  • Ron Abate Says:

    Features of Chromebooks

    -Light weight (most under 5 pounds)
    -Permanent virus protection at no extra cost
    -Cooler operation; fans are not essential
    -Fast startup and processing
    -Many applications (apps) included in the price (word processing, spreadsheets, slides, etc.)
    -Long battery life (about 8-9 hours average)
    -Free, automatic updating of the operating system via the internet; expensive, time consuming updates are eliminated.
    -All work is saved automatically in the cloud. No need to hit the Save button.
    -Files can be retrieved from any location where an internet connection is available.
    -Sound and a webcam are included.
    -Voice to text feature included. Talk to it and it types what you say.
    -Free phone call capability (dialing and receiving within the U.S. & Canada)
    -Soon, Android applications will become available.
    -Low cost (as low as $150 per unit.)

    Yes, Windows 10 is more robust. Yes, Office has many more features. But does the average person need this much power? The answer is NO!

  • Ron Abate Says:

    I have used and taught all platforms. I would recommend the Chromebook for the average user. The article fails to mention that Windows laptops have a hard disk drive. These mechanical devices will eventually fail. Also note that you can access your files from the cloud on any computer; no need to worry if your laptop is lost or stolen.

  • Clive Says:

    Once again, a half-arsed effort comparing Chrome OS and Windows.

    Apps and Software - the cost of these apps hasn't been factored in anywhere. For the most part, Web apps are cheap or free. Many Windows users end up using free versions of apps with limited functionality to avoid paying for them and end up no better off!

    Photo and Video Editing

    Show me a Windows laptop that costs £150-£200 that can do this without grinding to a halt.


    Again, show me a Windows laptop that costs £150-£200 that can do this without grinding to a halt.

    Conveniently didn't bother to mention real world factors such as the vastly superior battery life on a Chromebook, the ease and speed of application installations or the much quicker boot times (8 seconds) with ChromeOS. Or the fact that most users spend 90% of their time using their laptops to access the Internet via a web browser.

  • Michelle Says:

    Chromebooks are much better than buggy slow bindows.

  • Lisa Edwards Says:

    Thanks for the thorough review Windows 10 is the Winner for me!!

  • Gary Davis Says:

    These are two very different devices, and the best choice for you will depend almost entirely on your expected usage.

  • Mr Johnny Says:

    Thanks for the info on Chromebook. I feel better using and like using Windows 10!

  • Johnny Says:

    After all this I just read, I will stick to Windows 10! Thanks for the info I was looking for!

  • Steve Says:

    A very one sided article.. Comparing the 2 when Chromebooks only use in browser applications and tools vs Installed applications on a Windows machine.. Good software for Windows costs a lot of money, Photoshop, Dreamweaver etc.. Almost everything you do on a Chromebook, you do it for zero cost.

    The only way you're going to be playing the games you want to on a laptop running Windows is when you spend £400+ on a laptop capable of playing modern games.

  • Russ ennis Says:

    I really get away from Microsoft

  • AWBINDY Says:

    Chromebook wins on interface??? Are you guys high? It HAS no interface...

  • lorettaburwell Says:

    Still don't know which to get.

  • Sergio Says:

    There’s also a Files folder in the main menu for Chromebooks. But it’s not in the Start menu by default, as it is on Windows 10. From here, you can access your Google Drive files or any files that have been downloaded and saved to the machine’s storage drive.

  • Couch Says:

    I don't think that comparing Chrome OS to Windows is correct. It has completely different purpose than any complicated OS for work and creativity, but concentrates on online features. Also, I couldn't find any Chrome OS desktop PC, so Cr OS is some sort of "mobile OS" and W10 is both for desktops and laptops.

  • JeffToil Says:


    "There’re much more apps than Windows"

    Seriously? Windows has 25 years worth of apps, in the millions.
    I also doubt Chrome's really qualify as apps anyway.

  • Roydhrin Says:

    I think the whole article is wrong, you cant just compare the platforms like that. The main thinking about chromebook as a cheap notebooks and compare to windows is wrong, Chromebook is much more user friendly, lack-lagging, software-problem-less than Windows, am pretty good for daily usage like mail, word, ppt, excel (simple), casual gaming, and even much better with google drive, cloud services, connectivity, etc.
    There're much more apps than Windows (come on guy be realistic, dont just justified Microsoft payment for the article)
    In simple terms, are different products for different needs, if you want browsing, casual gaming, a solution based on web, chromebook is the best.

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