Laptop vs Ultrabook vs Tablet Hybrid vs Netbook

Desktops and laptops have been for long time, then came netbooks, and now ultrabooks and relatively newer tablet hybrids. Tablet Hybrids are duo type devices which are tablet-convertible ultrabook or vice-versa. Such so-called tablet-laptop hybrid are actually windows 8 based tablets(windows 8 pro, not windows 8 RT) with dockable keyboard. Some Manufacturers like Dell and Sony has started calling such devices Duo as in Dell xps Duo 12 or Sony vaio Duo 11. So, such laptop-tablet convertible are both tablets as well as ultrabooks. Hence, with addition of these new terms for all these devices, confusion really add up. You may feel confused and asking youself as whether I should buy laptop or netbook or ultrabook or windows 8 tablet laptop hybrid. Here is a detailed comparison of all these computer device types to make your buying decision easy.

NetbookTablet HybridUltrabookNotebook Laptop
Smallest size – 10 inchSize similar to netbook, between 10-12 inch13-14 inch usually14-18.5 inch
Slim, light weightVery slim, very light- weightSlim, weighs lessVaries, heaviest of all.
Powered by Atom processorlow-power consuming version of Intel Core i3, i5 or even i7 processors Ultrabook specific i5 or i7 processorsLaptop specific version of i3, i5 or i7 processors

Computing speed slow<

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Depends, Fastest of all
RAM:1 GB usuallyRAM : 2 GB or 4 GBRAM: 4GB or higherRAM: varies and upgradeable easily upto 16 GB
Hard disk drive: 160-320GB64GB-128GB SSD or internal flash drive128-256 GB SSD or maybe higher in few modelsHDD and in Some cases SSD – Easily upgradeable
No optical driveNo optical driveOptical drive presentOptical drive present
Low resolution display: Usually 1024*600Multi-Touch screen High Resolution display: HD or FULL HD, maybe protected by Gorrila GlassHigh resolution display: HD or FULL HD, IPS display in some casesHD and Full HD display, IPS display, In some cases Retina Display(Macbook Pro)
Gaming: Almost noneReasonableReasonableDepends, Best high-end gaming possible
Portablitity : GoodVery GoodPortability: GoodPortability: Not as good as others
Battery Backup: Good (4-6 hours)Battery Backup Very Good – 5-10 hours or moreBattery backup Good – 5-7 hoursBattery backup Not good: 2–4 hours.
USB 2.0 PortsUSB portsUSB 3.0 portsUSB 2.0 and 3.0
0.3 megapixel vga front cameraFront and Rear Camera of high mega pixelsSingle camera of low mpSingle camera of low megapixel or in some case, HD camera.
No extra sensorsExtra sensors like gyroscope sensor, magnetic sensor, GPS sensors, 3d acceleration sensors, etc presentNo sensors like theseNo such extra sensors

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