Differences between Laptops, Notebooks, Netbooks and Ultrabooks

Until now, many people are still hitting the mark for a term that actually has its own class or category. One example is a portable computer device. So far there are 4 categories for these electronic devices, ranging from what are known as laptops, notebooks, netbooks to ultrabooks.

Why must there be 4 names for a product that has the same function? To find out the answer, here is a brief explanation of each of these terms.


A laptop is an electronic device that is used to process data or play games with the ease of moving it from one place to another. The size is relatively large with a screen above 17 inches.

Due to its size, this electronic device also has a fairly heavy weight, which is around 3 kilograms and above. Although nowadays many people rarely use DVD drives, the main feature of laptops always includes a ROM drive to insert the chip.

For the machine used, the laptop is equipped with a processor, graphics card up to RAM and large enough ROM. It’s just that the battery life embedded in it can’t really last for hours. The price of the laptop itself is also more expensive because its functions are very diverse.


Actually this notebook has a resemblance to a laptop, it’s just that there are some that are slightly reduced. With the sense that this notebook is a mini version of the laptop. For example, the screen size is smaller with a range from 13 inches to a maximum limit of 15 or 17 inches. In addition, notebooks are lighter than laptops.

Netbooks are also not equipped with a drive for DVD-ROM because it can make the shape and design to be weird and bulky. For the processor to other machines embedded in it, it is more or less the same as that of a laptop. It’s just that the battery has a large capacity and lasts a long time.


When compared to laptops or notebooks, netbooks have a smaller screen size. Although they are almost the same size as tablets, the difference is that netbooks are shaped like normal laptops with a row of keyboards on the opposite side of the screen, while tablets only have a large screen with an embedded keyboard.

Netbooks have quite limited specifications because they were created for users who are not very active and have a low budget. Therefore, do not expect a netbook that is equipped with good innards and can be used to play games. Currently the popularity of netbooks has begun to dim because of the many tablet products that have more capabilities.


For the ultrabook itself, this one product has approximately the same size as a notebook. It’s just that the design that is owned is very minimalist and the weight is quite light when compared to notebooks. The average weight of an ultrabook is a maximum of 1.5 kilograms with a thickness of about 2 cm.

Due to its relatively thin size, there is a lot of hardware that is not included in it, such as a drive for DVD-ROM. Even the hard drive it’s paired with is an SSD, not a typical HDD. Although the toughness is almost the same as a netbook, but for the price, this ultrabook product almost equals or even exceeds the price of a laptop.