Basecamp vs Slack: Two Popular Team Management Tools

SlackMany users have left Basecamp in favor of Slack, while many have left Slack for Basecamp. Both are very popular project management tools perfect for building, managing and organizing a team of freelance or in-house workers.

Basecamp may be a little better known compared to Slack, but that doesn’t automatically make it the better choice. In this battle, we will put Basecamp up against Slack and see which one comes out on top.

Supported Platforms

Basecamp can only be used at a web-based or Mac OS X application. It’s not available for Windows or Linux. Most Basecamp users prefer the web-based option.

Slack is available for Windows, but not for Linux. It’s also available for Mac OS X and as a web-based application.

Since Slack provides options for Mac OS X, Windows and web-based use, it’s the winner when it comes to supported platforms.

Mobile Apps

Basecamp ScreenshotAccessing your team management program on the go provides something many business owners need. Both Basecamp and Slack provide mobile apps, but they are limited to just the iPhone and Android phones. Neither provides a general mobile web app or a Windows phone app.

In the battle of Basecamp vs. Slack for mobile apps, it’s a tie. They both offer the apps for the same operating systems.


Of course, getting the features you need is very important. Without the right features, you may not be able to track what you need or see how a project is coming along.

Basecamp offers email integration, project templates, project tracking, labeling and the ability to create to-do lists. However, it’s very limited when it comes to features. You won’t have any type of instant messaging feature or a collaborative workspace feature with Basecamp.

If you want a feature rich team management tool, Slack may be the right choice for you. It comes complete with third party integration, task tracking, security testing, instant messaging, contextual search, collaborative workspace, data encryption, API, application integration and automatic notifications. However, you won’t have any email integration or project tracking with Slack.

What Basecamp has, Slack doesn’t provide and what Slack has Basecamp doesn’t provide. The battle for features between Basecamp vs. Slack is a tie. They both offer plenty of features, but they fit with different types of users.


Slack ScreenshotBasecamp and Slack both offer a subscription based model, which allows you to pay monthly. Neither requires a credit card, but Basecamp offers a free trial, while Slack doesn’t. However, Slack offers a freemium account, while Basecamp doesn’t.

The price for Basecamp starts at low as $49 per month. They also offer an unlimited annual subscription for $3,000 per month.

Slack offers a free account, so the pricing starts at $0 per month. The paid version of Slack starts at $.67 per month and they do offer an upgrade for $12.50 per month. Slack doesn’t have an Enterprise package yet, but it’s supposed to be released very soon. The price for the Enterprise account is expected to be $32 per month.

In the battle of cost, Slack is the winner with much lower prices than Basecamp.

What the Reviewers Say about Basecamp and Slack

One of the most important factors in the decision between Basecamp vs. Slack comes from the actual users. Basecamp received a four-star rating on most review sites, while slack received about 4.5 stars on average from customer reviews.

Both perform very well in ease of use, while Slack performs a little bit better for value for money spent. Neither performed great when it comes to customer support, but Slack has a slight edge with a three-star rating in this category.

Overall, Slack wins when it comes to customer reviews, but only by a slim margin.

Basecamp vs. Slack: Which one should you choose?

BasecampThe decision between Basecamp vs. Slack isn’t an easy one. However, when you look at the features, it’s pretty clear Basecamp targets one type of user, while Slack targets another. If you need the ability to instant message and a collaborative workspace, Slack is the right choice. However, if you need to track projects and create to-do lists, Basecamp is the right choice.

Overall, the winner of the battle between Basecamp vs. Slack depends on your specific needs. It’s not exactly comparing apples to apples, as the applications don’t provide the same features.

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