Chromebook vs Windows/DOS Laptop: Which is better?

Should you purchase a Chromebook or a Windows laptop? Is DOS, Windows laptop better than Chromebooks? Below, we’ve compared the three variants of the laptops.

Chromebooks vs DOS, Windows laptops

What are Chromebooks?

Chromebooks are laptops that run on the Google Chrome operating systems. They were first introduced by Google in the year 2011. In case you don’t know, the Chrome OS is based on the Linux Gentoo OS and Chromium browser. The DOS laptops are powered by one of these free Linux operating systems – Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, etc. A Chromebook on which you can access the BIOS boot menu isn’t designed to work only with the Chrome OS. You can delete the partition where the Chrome OS resides and install an operating system of your choice. Linux/Windows OS installers ship with a disk partitioning tool.

Usage and apps

Chromebooks are ideal for day-to-day tasks such as taking notes, participating in online conferences, etc. New versions of Chromebooks support Android applications. You can install Android apps from the Play Store on a Chromebook. Play Store is the home to several 1000 mobile applications. Windows/Linux laptops don’t ship with Play Store software. You will have to install an emulator application such as Bluestacks, Genymotion, etc to install an APK or an app with the Play Store software. Chrome OS also enables users to download/install applications from the Chrome web store. It can install and run Linux applications as well. You will have to enable Linux from the Chrome OS settings interface.

Gaming

If the Chromebook ships with the Play Store software and if it lets you install games, you can play games on a Chromebook else you won’t be able to install/run games. No matter what operating system you use, to have a good gaming experience, your laptop should have a dedicated GPU and 4+ GB RAM. Linux/Chrome laptops allow you to play games as well. If you don’t find good games for Linux, you can install Steam and use it. Games on steam are paid/premium.

Hardware and price

Chromebooks, Windows/DOS laptops are available for purchase at various prices. The affordable Chromebooks are launched by computer/laptop manufacturers such as Asus, HP, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, etc. Chromebooks introduced by Google are costly. As none of the semiconductor companies, storage hardware manufacturers have introduced a processor, GPU, RAM, etc built for Chromebooks/Windows/DOS OS, the hardware in the three variants of the laptops is the same. Cheap aka affordable laptops come with an Intel Celeron, Atom, or AMD A-series processor. They may/may not have a dedicated GPU. Pricer laptops have an AMD Radeon/Nvidia GPU, AMD Ryzen/Intel I series processor, etc. If you have used disk partitioner software before, you can replace Google Chrome OS with the OS of your choice. Laptops that run on Chrome OS or DOS are cheaper compared to Windows laptops.

Chromebook or DOS or Windows: Which laptop should you buy?

Unless you’re a heavy multi-tasker, you can ignore the costlier Chromebooks and purchase a budget Chromebook if you want to use Android apps, Google Chrome/simple Linux apps, etc. If you are looking for a laptop that lets you install PhotoShop, Office Suite, games, etc, you can purchase a DOS/Windows laptop.

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