Many people, not fairly aware of the dissimilarity between notebooks and laptops, lean to use these terms interchangeably. Though the difference among these two types of portable computers has been reduced by a huge extent as of today, one cannot refute the fact that it does continue living.
As we journey along the highway of technology, leaving behind one milestone after one more, our gadgets are becoming smaller and smaller. Introduction of laptops and notebooks, makeshift versions of traditional desktop computers, is by far the best instance of this.
Even though notebooks and laptops don’t essentially mean the same thing, people always get confused when trying to distinguish between them, and finally end up buying the incorrect machine. Manufacturers, too, have started to use these two conditions interchangeably nowadays, and that has just added to the perplexity.
The term ‘laptop’ is used for a moveable computer, which is almost as good as a desktop PC in terms of presentation, but runs on battery. Being small and portable, you can with no trouble place it in your lap and use it; hence the name laptop.
The term ‘notebook’, on the other side, refers to a portable computer, even smaller than the laptop in terms of size, but having a better battery life. In most likelihood, this name is resulting from the fact that the early models of notebook PC were A4-sized.
There is also a conjecture, which suggests that the term notebook came into the image when manufacturers really started to phase out traditional laptops, which were comparatively large and heavy, and began marketing their moveable computers as different types of notebooks, i.e., ultra-portable notebooks, thin and light notebooks, etc.
At the end of the day, the compressed size of notebooks acts as a boon as well as curse. Being small in size means you can with no trouble carry them around, much more expediently than you can carry laptops, but it also means you have to cooperation on a lot of features which laptops and desktop PCs offer. In such a situation, you should make a list of the features that you need in your computer, and based on that make a decision whether you should opt for a laptop or notebook. If mobility is a main concern for you, then a notebook is fine, but if a faster processor and more space is what you vie for, then you should go for a laptop.
Over a period of time, the notebook-laptop contrast has lost its significance as the difference between the two has reduced by a great degree. While laptops have become significantly small, notebooks are no more restricted to A4 size as they were before. Overall, laptops may have a slight edge, but that is insignificant.