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A laptop, often called a notebook, is a small, portable personal computer with a "clamshell" form factor, typically having a thin LCD or LED computer screen mounted on the inside of the upper lid of the clamshell and an alphanumeric keyboard on the inside of the lower lid.

Portable and compact personal computer with the same capabilities as a desktop computer. Laptop computers have an L-shape design and the screen can be lowered and closed to allow for easy transportation of the machine. The primary feature that attracts users to laptops over desktops is their portability. Laptop computers provide users the ability to run the machine using an internal battery or an outside power adaptor. Laptops have dramatically decreased in size since their introduction in 1979. Laptops are usually more expensive than standard desktops and do not have the same life-span as fixed personal computers.

Advantages of Laptop: Highly portable:
The laptop can be carried anywhere. You can work on your laptop at home or office at your convenience. It can also be used during traveling where you can attend to your client meeting. As they are light in weight, they can be easily carried to any place.

Gets more work done:
Because laptops can be carried anywhere, your time is not wasted. For example, an office worker can go through his emails during long commuting hours by train or a student can finish his homework in the breaks between two lectures.

Instant use:
Usually carrying a laptop means your ticket to instant access to information, be it personal or professional. It leads to better collaboration between the co-workers or students. This is achieved as a laptop can be used to present a problem or its solution anytime, anywhere.

Up-to-date information:
The problem of synchronization arises when you use more than one computer for your work at different locations. The problem can be resolved by the physical transfer of files using a USB stick or CDS or even using the synchronization software available on the internet. However, using the same laptop anywhere avoids the problem entirely. The files remain in a single laptop only and do not change irrespective of wherever you work.

Lower power consumption:
Laptops are highly power-efficient and only uses 10-30 W of electricity. This is particularly beneficial for businesses that use hundreds of laptops in their offices. A charged laptop can be used for few hours irrespective of whether electricity supply is available or not.

Benefits of Laptop for Students:

  • The laptop along with references and notes is with you always and the internet libraries and other website have tools that help students' format assignments and references in MLA or APA formats.
  • With a laptop a student can take notes in class, type up assignments, share notes, and work with groups on projects.
  • Students can use the internet to speak to and communicate with family and friends without incurring huge phone bills.
  • Laptops enable students to watch films and video clips as well as download music from the net.
  • Students even use laptops for creating software and designing things to earn a little pocket money. Those with writing or research skills can consider freelance writing.
  • There are students to launch websites while students along with friends and these ventures become huge successes creating millionaires.
  • Online libraries and other websites allow students to download whole books online. It save time and money and students can read books published as far back as the 18th century to new ones.
  • Laptops make students self sufficient and they learn to type, manage their schedules, learn to budget by using online planners, and become citizens of the world.
  • A laptop with an internet connection encourages learning and keeps students abreast of news. Online news sites cover not just a state or country but the whole world. Students will know how people live elsewhere and all about war, political strife, natural disasters, as well as new discoveries and cultures distinct from their own.
  • Laptops encourage students to be technological whizzes. They keep abreast of all that's new in the world.