What Are Laptops/Notebooks?

By: Dusty Arlia
Published on September 12, 2011
Last Updated on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 11:44 PM
Total Updates: 4

Laptops, also known as notebooks, are the most portable type of computer without compromising the power of a typical desktop computer. The term laptop is used more frequently than notebook, but means exactly the same thing when used in the context of a computer. Laptops are a type of computer that you can fold up and carry around with you. As the name implies, you can use this computer while it sits on your lap. Laptops, or notebooks, are not to be confused with netbooks.

Netbooks are a smaller version of notebook computers. They sacrifice some of the computer's processing power and hard drive size. Also, you will not be able to find a number keypad on netbooks' keyboards if this is important to you. With their size being smaller, what you sacrifice in keyboard and screen size, you make up in portability. It's up to you as the customer to decide if these are sacrifices you are willing to make for the name of portability. When making your decision, think of how you will carry around your computer and then decide if a regular laptop will be too big for you.

The benefit of having a laptop compared to a desktop is its portability. Because all laptops have built-in batteries, you are able to take your computer around with you. The amount of time you can use your battery before having to plug into a power outlet varies. Some of the things that affect your battery life are:

  • How you use your computer (i.e. streaming videos or typing documents)
  • The number of charge cycles on the battery (A charge cycle is going from fully charged to completely depleted. A typical battery can have about 300 charge cycles.)
  • The type of battery
  • The other hardware on the computer

Some important things to keep in mind when making your decision is that laptops can have the same kind of processing power and amount of storage as desktops while still being able to be carried around with you. Even if your battery dies on you, if you're close enough to a power outlet then you're still in business. It's hard to overlook the benefits of a laptop.