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How To Tell the Difference Between a Notebook And Laptops


There has been a lot of discussion of the differences between notebooks laptops because different companies use the names interchangeably to refer to their products. Ultimately this has created a lot of confusion as buyers are not sure whether they should ask for notebooks laptops or something in-between. Some people argue that the difference between notebook laptops is only in the minds of the manufacturers while other vehemently deny this. This leads us to the core of our question: is there any difference between notebook laptops?

Step 1

First we need to begin by defining what a notebook is. An ideal notebook has the following features:

It's an extremely lightweight computer--typically they weigh less than six pounds and can fit in a briefcase due to their small size.

They have flat–panel technologies which work to make them less bulky which includes a display screen

In computing terms, notebooks have the same capacity as modern personal computers with all the components such as CPUs, memory capacity and disk drives. Due to this ability of packing many components in a very small package makes them quite expensive.

Notebook computers have the ability to run on battery packs which makes the quite ideal even when a person is on the move since they don’t have to plug in to a power source in order to function, however the battery requires constant recharging after several hours.

Step 2

On the other hand, a laptop has the following features:

  • Small enough to be placed on your lap when in use.
  • They are slightly larger in size than notebooks in thickness and size.
  • Is likely to have more features and components than notebooks, most laptops have larger display screens and more disk drives unlike notebooks.
  • Laptops are meant to be true replicas of desktops including all their features except their size and weight.

Step 3

The manufacturers of laptops had a portable desktop in mind and that is why the laptop borrows so much from the desktop. While notebook makers considered mobility and portability issues, thus making the gadget smaller than laptops, makers of the laptop wanted to have a device that could carry out all the functions of the desktop but was light enough to be moved at will. In an effort to make the notebook smaller and lighter the manufacturers reduced the number of disk drives and features to make it more compact.

Step 4

Due to technological advancements, the difference between notebook laptops have reduced greatly, thus making them quite similar to each other. Advancement in technology has ensured that the features in desktops are getting smaller and compact just like what is found in notebooks laptops.


There are many reasons that are making the lines between notebooks laptops get dimmer. On one hand, the term laptop is being used less often for several reasons one being that the gadget is mostly placed on the lap when in use. Due to this position it’s quite likely to have discomfort or injury due to heat from the gadget if its left on your lap for extended periods of time. As result of this discomfort manufacturers would rather refer to the notebooks laptops in an effort to continue marketing their products.

For the average consumers they will continue to refer to the two gadgets as notebooks laptops due to the confusion created by the manufacturers’ right from the beginning. Some manufacturers on the other hand refer to their products as notebooks laptops.

By Raphael Raphael, published at 02/14/2012
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