Mobile, mobile, mobile. This word is repeated more in the tech world than anywhere else. From mobile phones and tablets to laptops and notebooks, a pattern has been formed that clearly favours mobility. PCs that were once kings of tech space have been shoved aside to make room for their smaller and better-looking cousins, laptops and notebooks.
Smartphones have their own use, but if you want a true PC experience with more mobility, then you will have to settle on either a laptop or notebook. For an untrained eye, they might seem identical, however, once you look under the hood, you will realise that they are a world apart.
To help you make a choice and highlight these differences, we have created this short comparison article on whether you should buy one or another. So let’s not waste any more time and get right into it.
First off, let’s start with the definitions of these two products. We think that it will help you form a clearer picture once you know exactly what both products are.
- The laptop is completely designed to replicate a PC experience. That means big screen, large keyboard, powerful processing power, access to all PC features, etc. Of course, the only difference is the price and laptop`s portable design.
- Notebook, on the other hand, is somewhat a crippled PC experience. Not to say that this is bad, but when you look at features, you cannot but notice that some are missing. For example, most notebooks lack the power to run some demanding computer apps and none of them have a DVD/CD drive.
Now that you know the essentials about both products, we can expand it further while talking about their intended use. If you don’t know exactly who the target audience for each product is, it is hard to justify their existence.
This time we will talk about notebooks first. Computers are used for a number of reasons. Working, gaming, surfing the internet, are just some of the many PC`s intended uses. However, in most cases, we are not using our computers for all of the above; we focus only on one or two aspects.
Notebooks are trying to capture the working market that values mobility and not processing power like gaming market. Notebooks can’t run games and their screen is too small for movie watching, but they are more than enough to answer emails, type out a document, connect to the internet, etc.
Now, laptops are, as we said before, a complete PC experience. They come in all shapes and sizes. You can get one for gaming, programming, or any other use you need, just examine the specs and find one that is fitting for your needs.
Talking about specs is really hard because there are so many variations and models of both products. However, some things almost never change with both laptops and notebooks.
For example, laptops are heavier and larger than notebooks. The core design of notebooks is to be a small and compact computer that can fit in a bag of any size. They don’t use flashy apps or drain much power that’s why their battery life is a lot longer. Something like a standard MSI notebook can run for up to 14 hours without charging.
Laptops because of their high power usage can last for four hours on average. Lastly, laptops offer larger screen sizes than notebooks. So if you don’t want to squint your eyes while watching a movie make sure you get at least a 17-inch screen laptop.
And that is about it. As you can see, it all comes down to what you are looking for. If you plan to get some work done, then you are better off with a notebook because they cost less and offer longer battery life, but running games and other powerful apps will require a more powerful rig and that’s where laptops are irreplaceable.