The size of laptops varies greatly. The smallest laptops are known as netbooks, while the largest are known as desktop replacement laptops. In between these two extremes are a variety of sizes and styles. Here’s a quick overview of the most common laptop sizes:
Netbook: Netbooks are small laptops that usually weigh less than three pounds and measure about 10 inches wide by 7 inches deep by 1 inch thick. Netbooks typically have smaller screens than standard laptops — about 8 inches wide — but they also have touchscreens and often come with mobile broadband service plans so you can connect to the Internet anywhere you can find Wi-Fi.
Ultrabook: Ultrabooks are slim, lightweight laptops that share many features with netbooks but tend to offer longer battery life, faster performance and better overall design. Most ultrabooks sell for between $500 and $1,000, although some models cost more than $1,000.
Convertible laptop: Convertible laptops have hinges that allow you to fold back part of their display to use as a tablet — similar to what you can do with Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet line. Most convertibles cost between $500 and $1,000 or more and weigh less than three pounds when closed.
Last modified: August 11, 2022