- A portable computer that is AC and/or battery powered, and whose dimensions and weight make it suitable for use during travel. Such computers feature similar computing power, a smaller flat screen, and a keyboard with a more compressed layout than desktop models. In addition, most have a pointing device incorporated, and can be utilized with a docking station. Since the weight and dimensions of such computers has steadily dropped, some models to currently around one kilogram, the term is mostly synonymous with notebook computer. Also called laptop.
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- noun a computer that is small enough to be held on one’s lap but not small enough for a pocket, usually having a screen, keyboard and disk drive