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Difference between Laptop, Notebook and Netbook

Question by Superhero2012 | 2012-07-03 at 22:40

What is the exactly difference between a netbook, a laptop and a notebook? Somehow, it seems to me, as if these terms are used synonymously. Is this true or are there any differences?

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As far as I know, first, there was the term for the laptop for the at that time larger foldable computers. Laptop came from the word "lap" in the sense of womp, because you could place the computer on the lap in order to use it. As the laptops became smaller and lighter with the time, some people invented the term notebook for them. However, in my view, there is no precise definition to distinguish between the two concepts, and today, the two terms are also often used interchangeably.

Also the boundary to the netbooks can be fluid. Netbooks are the very small laptops, for example with a screen size of only 10 inches. Netbooks are very practical, since they can be even better taken in the back and they are well suited for traveling. The term netbook was well protected once, but is then absorbed and today used as the class designation.

Generally applies: A laptop is larger than a notebook, a notebook is larger than a netbook. If you have a 19 inch monitor at your folding machine, you would have to say laptop, if you have one with a 10 inch screen, you would talk about netbook. With all sizes between, it will be difficult to find the correct term.
2012-07-08 at 21:09

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I would say, a laptop is about one sheet of A4 paper in size, a netbook is considerably smaller, a laptop is considerably larger. Unfortunately, I do not know about any official definition.
2012-07-06 at 16:34

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