D3.js vs. Looker Studio

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
D3.js
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
D3.js is a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data.N/A
Looker Studio
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Looker Studio is a data visualization platform that transforms data into meaningful presentations and dashboards with customized reporting tools.N/A
Pricing
D3.jsLooker Studio
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
D3.jsLooker Studio
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
D3.jsLooker Studio
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
D3.js
-
Ratings
Looker Studio
7.3
51 Ratings
14% below category average
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings8.135 Ratings
Customizable dashboards00 Ratings9.650 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings4.249 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
D3.js
-
Ratings
Looker Studio
6.1
50 Ratings
26% below category average
Drill-down analysis00 Ratings7.442 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings8.646 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings2.523 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings5.950 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
D3.js
-
Ratings
Looker Studio
7.4
50 Ratings
12% below category average
Publish to Web00 Ratings9.544 Ratings
Publish to PDF00 Ratings6.543 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings8.031 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings3.934 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings8.818 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
D3.js
-
Ratings
Looker Studio
9.1
49 Ratings
11% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)00 Ratings9.649 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings9.746 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings8.024 Ratings
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User Ratings
D3.jsLooker Studio
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(3 ratings)
8.7
(52 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(1 ratings)
6.7
(10 ratings)
User Testimonials
D3.jsLooker Studio
Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
It's well suited for dynamic data, especially when multiple users are using the application and generating data, it helps us to get analytics of the data for users.
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Google
Does great at open canvas editing and letting you fully customize without the need for a grid. It is democratizing self-service no-code analytics. You do not need to be a data or analytics engineer to get started, and you can go very far based on how intuitive and straightforward the UI is. Some of the biggest challenges with Looker Studio relate to user management/security, embedding options, and issue support. For a long time, every user needed to have a Gmail to invite them to view a dashboard via login, not sure if that has been improved yet. You can let any user view without logging in, but that is not always recommended due to security reasons. In terms of embedding, you can only iframe dashboards. More sophisticated BI tools let you embed elements via API or Javascript. Iframing dashboards also make drill downs and dashboard to dashboard navigation tricky/near impossible. There is also no ability to contact Google for support when bugs or outages happen. They point everyone to the Data Studio community. There is some ability to get in contact with Google if you have an enterprise-level contract with Google Cloud, but the path for support is very ad hoc and not always fruitful.
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Pros
Open Source
  • It provides multiple ways of visualizing data easily.
  • It is fast and light on system resources. It is built with JavaScript and visualizations can be easily hosted on the web across browsers.
  • It has a huge community backing it so it is easy to find people to help with whatever you're doing.
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Google
  • Self-service
  • Easy to use, point and click
  • Little to no training required
  • Easy to share internally and externally
  • Rich visualizations
  • Canned reports
  • Easy to copy/paste/dupe existing reports
  • Ability to join data sets
  • Easy integration with various data sources
  • Flexible data integrations, including lowest common denominator (CSV, XLS, G-Sheets)
  • Wide range of APIs
  • Secure / authentication via Google SSO
  • Easy to share / re-assign ownership of reports and data sources
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Cons
Open Source
  • Hard to code, not a kids play toy.
  • No tutorial from official documentation.
  • Requires web development experience.
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Google
  • Few functionalities are very exclusive only for data studio.
  • It's time taking to load data and at the same time only single Data source can be connected.
  • When editing the reports you have to switch between Edit and View mode to see how does the change looks like.
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Likelihood to Renew
Open Source
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Google
It is the simplest and least expensive way for us to automate our reporting at this time. I like the ability to customize literally everything about each report, and the ability to send out reports automatically in emails. The only issue we have been having recently is a technical glitch in the automatic email report. Sadly, there is almost no support for this tool from Google, but is also free, so that is important to take into consideration
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Usability
Open Source
No answers on this topic
Google
Google Data Studio has a clean interface that follows a lot of UX best practices. It is fairly easy to pick up the first time you use it, and there is a lot of documentation on line to help troubleshoot, if needed
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Support Rating
Open Source
Support can be improved by providing more educational videos.
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Google
I give it a lower support rating because it seems like our Dev team hasn't gotten the support they need to set up our database to connect. Seems like we hit a roadblock and the project got put on pause for dev. That sucks for me because it is harder to get the dev team to focus on it if they don't get the help they need to set it up.
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
Protoviz does not require as much knowledge of programming to build visualizations as with D3.js or Google Charts. Highcharts or AnyChart are other alternatives that are more specific to building charts only
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Google
Google Data Studio provides a great feature set considering its price point, especially when compared to commercial options from Microsoft and Tableau. While it may not be as versatile when it comes to working with and developing complex datasets, there is enough charm in its simple, easy-to-use UI to allow not-so-complex analytics to be conducted without having to hire a data analyst.
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • Rapid Development using templates helps faster delivery of the project.
  • Documentation requires a lot of time to study.
  • D3 creates high-quality visual effects which can be used over large screens.
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Google
  • Free, so the only investment is time
  • Because it doesn't have native support of non-Google sources, it can cost more money than Tableau
  • The time spent formatting the templates or building connectors can have a negative impact on ROI
  • As a agency, charging for the reporting service is profitable after the first month or two after building the dashboard.
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