Are Laptops and Notebooks the Same Thing?

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Both laptops and notebooks are small, mobile computing devices. The main difference between a laptop and a notebook is the size of the device. Other differences are found in features such as battery life and storage.

As of 2014, most laptops weigh between 2 and 18 pounds. This large weight difference is due primarily to building materials. Whether the laptop is for personal use, professional use or gaming can also determine the size. Most laptops comes equipped with DVD drives, a long batter life and large amounts of disk storage.

Notebooks are ultra-light, ultra-thin personal computers that weigh no more than 6 pounds. Most notebooks reduce weight by eliminating DVD drives. Because of the small dimensions of notebooks, these devices may not have the same battery length or storage space as their larger counterparts.