Difference Between Laptop and Notebook

The most obvious difference between a laptop and a notebook is size. Notebooks are smaller with thinner screens. This makes them lighter to carry around and easier to fit into a bag. Laptops are larger and designed to be a mobile version of a desktop. They are still fairly easy to carry though.

Secondly, laptops have more features. They perform the same as a desktop. They come with software, access to music, photo storage and games. You can burn CDs on them and even run a business or manage large amounts of information. If you can think it – a high spec laptop can do it.

Compared to that, notebooks have limitations. They come with some features of a desktop but not all. Which features depends on what model notebook. They also have less internal storage.

The primary differences between a laptop and a notebook become apparent when you break down their specifications like this:

Notebooks –

  • No internal CD/DVD drive or floppy disc units (but can usually be hooked up to an external unit)
  • Less high-quality graphics displays
  • Low battery consumption – fully charged they can last for up to 4 or 5 hours
  • Small screens – between 12 to 14 inches (30 to 35 cms)
  • Keyboards are designed to be as small as possible while still having proper function
  • Thin, lightweight designs
  • Internet and modem are integrated
  • Upgrade options are limited

Laptops –

  • Built in CD/DVD drives/floppy disc units
  • Can be hooked up to external units, primarily for extra storage
  • Better quality graphics than a notebook
  • Battery consumption is moderate with a full charge having approximately 3 hours usage
  • Larger screens – on average between 14 to 17 inches (35 to 43 cms) although some laptops have screens up to 21 inches (53 cms)
  • Keyboards are designed to be larger which is better for extended use
  • Internet and modem are integrated
  • Fully operational sound systems with loud volume
  • Multiple upgrade options are available

Nick, from Elive IT support Auckland, sums this up “In terms of which is best it depends on what needs or preferences you have. Notebooks are better for travel and are great if you use it for basics (typing, accessing the internet, etc.). Laptops are better if you need more memory (running a business or storing large amounts of images or documents).”

Hope this article helps you find the ideal portable device for your needs.