Is laptop and notebook same thing?

I get confused with them. Is a notebook a smaller version of a laptop? Or is a notebook a laptop? Can anybody help?


  1. Yeah. Laptop = notebook = can do what a desktop does

    Netbook = can browse the internet but that’s about it – if you want to watch video content or play games you need a laptop

  2. Ladycrow says:

    The Notebook Computer

    A standard notebook has the following features:

    1. Ultralight. Less weight is better.
    2. 4 – 5 hour battery life.
    3. No internal floppy drive.
    4. Minimal graphics subsystem.
    5. No internal DVD or CD system.
    6. 12" – 14" TFT screen.
    7. Low profile (thin).
    8. Integrated modem and network connection.
    9. Smallest possible keyboard that retains functionality.
    10. Low power consumption Celeron/Centrino or Sempron style processor.

    In essence a notebook computer is designed to provide mobile computing that won’t break your back yet still offer all the power the mobile users requires for work and some leisure pursuits. This portability normally comes at a price. The level of miniaturization involved comes at a cost and high end notebooks can prove to be quite expensive.

    The Laptop Computer

    Now for the laptop computer. Again look at the name. A laptop is designed to sit on your lap and you can therefore expect it to be quite large and loaded down with features and power.

    The standard laptop computer would have some ,if not all, of the following features:

    1. 14" – 17" (widescreen) TFT screen.
    2. Nvidia GeForce or ATI Radeon graphics subsystem.
    3. Internal DVD-ROM or DVD-RW drive
    4. Large full featured keyboard.
    5. 3 hour (+/-) battery life.
    6. Upgradeable.
    7. Integrated modem, network, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities.
    8. High quality integrate audio and speaker system.
    9. Low power consumption, high performance Intel Centrino style processor.

    From reading the above information you’ll see that the notebook is the exact opposite of the laptop. Notebooks offer reasonable power and extreme portability. Laptops are designed to be capable of replacing an entire desktop PC if necessary whilst still offering desktop performance in a mobile platform. Hopefully this article has helped clear up the differences between both classes of portable computers. As time and technology moves on the line between laptop and notebook will continue to blur but for right now it’s still clearly defined and driven by the demands of the portable computer market.

  3. GameDay says:

    yes, they are the same thing

    the previous poster has netbook and notebook confused

  4. Christian says:

    notebook’s tend to be smaller and less features. Laptops have everything available with it. If you deciding on buying one. Get a laptop if you want a computer. Get a notebook if its just for some email and internet but be warned they are very slow

  5. Patters says:

    Yes, they are the same thing.

    Laptop manufacturers usually use the word "notebook" to mean "laptop" because laptops are not actually very good to use on a lap. The laptop can be damaged and it can potentially injure you. They don’t want to be seen to encourage people to use the computer on their lap because it puts them in a shaky legal position.

    If you look in the instruction manual of a "laptop", it will usually explicitly tell you not to use the computer on your lap, or anything other than a hard, flat, level surface, so to call it a laptop would be false advertising.

    A NOTEbook is basically the same thing as a laptop.
    A NETbook is a miniature, low power laptop which provides very portable, low-performance computing with a long battery life.

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