Laptop vs tablet: which should you buy?

Laptop vs tablet; photos of a MacBook Air and an iPad Pro
(Image credit: Future)

So, you're looking to buy a new workstation and can't decide between a laptop or a tablet? Given the range of products available right now and the leading next-gen technology these devices are equipped with, we can't say we blame you. Some of the best laptops for graphic design don't come cheap, and even the best tablets for video editing can fall short when running extensive software. 

It's hard to find a laptop or tablet that isn't up to scratch, but if you have specific requirements and boxes to tick then this can help you narrow things down and make an informed choice on which type of device is better suited to your lifestyle, creative project, and most importantly – your budget.  

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects. 

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