10-15-2008 09:47 PM
Portable computers can be grouped into both categories. A computer is referred to as a "notebook" because it can be carried with you, allowing you to work on the go. You may carry it to a meeting for reference or to take notes, where previously you would carry an actual notebook. A "laptop" is small enough to rest on your lap while you use it. Both terms refer to the fact that the computer is portable.
If you are looking to purchase a portable computer, make sure you examine all of the specifications as these two terms overlap a great deal. I recommend you visit the CNET.com Computing Resource Center located on BestBuy.com (http://bestbuy-cnet.com.com/4352-13747_7-6588306.
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