What Is an Ideal Wedding Gift – Notebook or Laptop?

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Misc Wedding Articles |

notebook vs laptopWhen someone amongst your near and dear ones is about to get married, you want to gift something exclusive and expensive. In that case, what can be more perfect than a computer? But you also want that the receiver should be happy with the comfort and convenience of the gift and two options come to your mind – notebook and laptop. Now, are you confused about which one is better? Let’s see a comparison of notebook vs laptop.

Let’s first see, what is a notebook and what is a laptop. A notebook is an extremely light PC, typically weighing less than 6 pounds and is tiny enough even to get accommodated in a small bag. It was designed to avail the commonly used functionalities of a computer in an easy-to-carry case and handy size. The notebook size defined these computers. Initially there was not even an associated replaceable hard disk or any other peripheral available.  

A laptop on the other hand is a small mobile computer weighing usually 2 to 18 pounds (about 1 to 8 kg), depending on materials used, size and other factors. It was developed mainly to overcome the non-portability factor of desktop computer. Initially it used to be more or less of the same configurations as that of a desktop. Gradually the demand for the reduced size made them more lapy.

Now let’s see some more comparisons between the two that can help you decide which one to choose as a wedding gift.

Size and Weight

Notebooks usually come in the size of real notebooks; however, there are some exceptions as some manufacturers sell their laptops as notebooks. Real notebooks weigh less than 5 pounds and are 3 inches or less in thickness.

Laptops usually come in handy size which ranges from a large briefcase to small portables (with screen ranging from 10.2 inches to 19 inches). It can weigh from 3 to 12 pounds (1.4 to 5.4 kg).


Notebooks can be used in temporarily available spaces like airplanes, meetings, libraries, and so on, while laptop is meant to be kept on the lap of the user and operated (so inconvenient to use while the user is standing).

DVD Drives and Other Extras

In notebooks, DVD drives and other accessories are not integrated but can be attached later, while in laptops they can be integrated.

Processing Power

Because notebooks are meant to be of smaller size, their processing power is bound to be less. If some manufacturers add the same configurations as of laptops, the size feature wears off. On the contrary, laptops are normally available with higher processing capacity than notebooks, usually 1 to 8 GB RAM.

Cooling System

Notebooks normally don’t have effective cooling systems because their processing power is less than laptops, while laptops have fans and other cooling systems just like that in desktops.

All in all, you will have to consider your recipient’s profile while deciding on whether to gift her/him a notebook or a laptop. If s/he is a heavy user of computing and doesn’t mind carrying some weight in her/his briefcase or bag, a laptop can be perfect for her/him. And if s/he loves to hold slender toys in hand, doesn’t like to carry heavy weights and not in a need of a lot of computing, gift her/him a notebook and you will receive a shower of thanks and appreciation.