Laptop, Notebook, Netbook or Tablet?
There is no big difference in graphic design performance between these computers, but size.
A laptop measures at least 11 inches across, which is the minimum width to allow a full-size keyboard.
Netbook – A smaller, lighter, more portable laptop. It is also usually cheaper than a full-size laptop, but has fewer features and less computing power. Smaller keyboards can be more difficult to operate.
Tablet PC – these have touch screens. There are convertible tablets with a full keyboard where the screen rotates to be used atop the keyboard, and "slate" form-factor machines which are usually touch-screen.
Recommended for graphic design work!
Please note that the information below is for recommended performance minimum only. The IT technology evolves rapidly and most of the listed parameters improve overnight.
A laptop is designed to sit on your lap and you can therefore expect it to be quite large and loaded down with features and power. The standard laptop computer should have some of the following features:
14" - 17+" (widescreen) TFT screen.
Nvidia GeForce or ATI Radeon graphics subsystem.
Hard Disk: 320GB
Internal DVD-ROM or DVD-RW drive
Large full-featured keyboard.
3-5 hour battery life.
Integrated modem, network, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities.
High quality integrate audio and speaker system.
Low power consumption, high performance Intel style processor.
Laptops are designed to be capable of replacing an entire graphic designer desktop PC if necessary whilst still offering desktop performance in a mobile platform. As time and technology moves on the line between laptop and notebook will continue to blur but for right now it's still clearly defined and driven by the demands of the portable computer market.
From reading the above information you see that the notebook is the exact opposite of the laptop. Notebooks offer reasonable power and extreme portability. A standard notebook has the following features:
Ultra light. Less weight is better.
4 - 5 hour battery life.
Hard Disk: 250GB
Minimal graphics subsystem.
Usualy no internal DVD or CD system.
12" - 14+" TFT screen.
Integrated modem and network connection.
Smallest possible keyboard that retains functionality.
Low power consumption Celeron/Centrino or Sempron simular style processor.
Most people use the terms notebook and laptop computer rather loosely. If it's not sitting on top of your desk, every portable computer right away becomes a notebook or laptop regardless of its configuration or individual specification. There are, however, some very big differences between notebook and laptop computers and it's important that you're aware of these differences during the buying process.