Laptop/Notebook

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 21:01
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Pardon my ignorance (must have something to do with the year I was born)
Can someone tell me what the difference is between a laptop and a notebook?
Thanks in advance......Poppy
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Reply By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 21:06

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 21:06
same thing, Poppy
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Reply By: Andrew - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 21:06

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 21:06
NONE..........
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Follow Up By: Poppy - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 21:21

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 21:21
Thanks fellers
That was a simple answer to a pretty dumb question.
Now I know it must have something to do with the year I was born. lol.
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Reply By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 21:28

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 21:28
Physically there is little or no difference.

The term notebook came about because it sounded better in offices and with executives who wanted a portable computer they could take home but always use on a desk (home or office). It just refers to a notebook sized computer and is more of a marketing thing to business users.

Not that many people actually use them on their lap these days, in fact it breaks all the OH and S rules concerning posture and ergonomics. If my boss caught me using my notebook computer on my lap at work I would probably get told off!

Students on campuses, outdoor users and 4WD'ers continue to use them as laptops but you really should limit this and use a solid support such as a table or bracket in the car if possible. Also the heat produced by modern laptops can get very uncomfortable on your lap after a while.

Steven
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 08:37

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 08:37
"Also the heat produced by modern laptops can get very uncomfortable on your lap after a while."

All depends how cold the weather is!!!

Utemad
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Reply By: Greg Harewood - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 21:48

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 21:48
Poppy...my understanding is that initially portable computers were called laptops...then came the notebooks which were smaller and lighter. Now, obviously, the names are interchangeable and effectively refer to the same thing, though keep in mind the historical fact if ever ask.
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Reply By: Magnus - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 22:15

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 22:15
As Greg said, laptops predated notebooks by some years, and they were bnig enough to use on your lap. The laptop I had in 1990 was the size of a Samsomite briefcase, but it was a portable and it was a laptop.

Now they mean the same.

Magnus
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 08:37

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 08:37
Note book is a small book made from paper in which you can write notes.
Laptop is where the dancer ends up if she (he) falls off the table.
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 19:08

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 19:08
Ah Bob at last someone who speaks English.

My portable computer is referred to as the Fliptop because the top flips open. Buggered if it ever sits on my lap, the only thing to sit on my lap is a 375 ml refresher or SWMBO (if I get lucky).

Jim.
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