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Tablet vs. Laptop: A Compatibility Choice

Now that Microsoft Windows* 8 and Windows 8 Media Center* are here to make our lives—as well as apps, music, and movies—more streamlined, fun, and accessible, you’ll want the right device to support your lifestyle. When it comes to Windows 8 vs. Windows 7 performance, once you download Windows 8 and see your personalized tiles on the new start screen, you’ll be hooked.


The device you choose to run the newest operating system is an important decision. If portability is your priority, then you’re looking at the tablet vs. laptop comparison. Of course, with the new breed of convertibles that combine aspects of both tablets and laptops, the choice is more about finding a device that’s compatible with you.


Tablet: A Fresh View on Fun

Today’s tablets with Windows 8 keep you up to speed by running all your favorite apps. And with scores of popular apps in the Windows Store*, you can play more games, listen to your favorite music, and quickly access the news and weather you want… whenever, wherever you want.


Use your tablet to read a book, browse through a magazine, watch a movie in 3-D, and stay in touch with friends through a social network. And with improved battery life and an integrated graphics engine, you can enjoy all those activities for longer and with better visuals. Check out the Intel Product Finder to see if the standard tablet, performance tablet, or tablet with keyboard is right for you.


Laptop: Performance to Go

If you’re worried about damaging a tablet and you want the use of a firmly attached keyboard to create and edit documents and other data, then a laptop may be the computer for you. Powered by long-life batteries and Intel® Core™ processors, laptops deliver ideal performance and energy efficiency. They adapt to your needs by smoothly running multiple programs or apps, allowing you to work on a report or spreadsheet at your local bistro while keeping an eye on your social networks. And, when not in use, laptops automatically shut down unused cores for efficient power usage.


See for yourself the outstanding visuals and performance both value laptops and premium laptops offer. And don’t forget to compare Intel Core processors to find the level of performance you need.


Ultrabook™: Best of Both Devices

The newest device inspired by Intel, the Ultrabook™ convertible, helps end the laptop vs. tablet debate. With a range of screen options to choose from, you can fold over, flip, slide, or swivel its touch sensitive screen to have a tablet experience. Then, quicker than you can find Wi-Fi at a coffee shop, you can return the screen to its original position to enjoy a laptop experience.


With Intel® Smart Connect Technology1 to keep you updated on all your emails and social networks, the Ultrabook™ also comes equipped with Intel® Rapid Start Technology2 to wake from standby to full speed in less than seven seconds for performance on the go.

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Explore 2 in 1 devices

Compare processors, laptops, and 2 in 1 devices, including Ultrabook™. Find your next PC today.

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Shop Ultrabook™


    Featuring dual displays, it offers the performance of a notebook when you need it and the convenience of a tablet when you don't.

  • Dell XPS* 12

    Part laptop. Part tablet. This touch-enabled 12" 2 in 1 laptop combines the fun of a Windows 8 touch tablet with the power and productivity of an Ultrabook™.

  • Lenovo IdeaPad* Yoga

    Get it done in laptop mode. Stay a step ahead in tablet mode. Show the competition what you've got in tent mode. Bring it front and center in stand mode.

  • Acer Aspire S7*

    Acer's thinnest and lightest touch Ultrabook. This computer is designed to help you explore sides of yourself you didn't even know you had.


Product and Performance Information


1. Intel® Smart Connect Technology requires a select Intel® processor, Intel® software and BIOS update, Intel® Wireless adapter, and Internet connectivity. Solid-state memory or drive equivalent may be required. Depending on system configuration, your results may vary. Contact your system manufacturer for more information.

2. Intel® Rapid Start Technology requires a select Intel® processor, Intel® software and BIOS update, and Intel® Solid-State Drive (Intel® SSD). Depending on system configuration, your results may vary. Contact your system manufacturer for more information.