Notebook or probook

Hello, im a bit of a dummie when it comes to tech and cant get a definitive answer from shopworkers as to the difference of a Probook or a Notebook? Ive been told that a probook is more business orientated and still has windows 7, where as notebooks have windows 8.1. Is this the only difference. thanks

geek_majestic, Aug 6, 1:31 pm

ChromeBook: ChromeBooks are light weight computing devices that run Google's ChromeOS. In general, the goal of a chrome book is to be a low cost computing device that saves a portion of its costs by not running windows. They're good for basic productivity, but in general use more apps than full up software suites. Several companies manufacture ChromeBooks including Asus, Acer, Samsung and many others. The price point for a chrome book is generally between $200 and $400.

Ultrabook: Ultrabook in an Intel specification for high end, light weight laptops. They have maximums for weight and thickness, minimum requirements for battery life, and run Intel's low power CPUs. Ultrabooks are generally high performance, premium laptops with a price point that starts at $900 and goes up from there. Like ChromeBooks, they are made by multiple manufacturers. Unlike ChromeBooks, Ultrabooks run Microsoft Windows and full up software suites.

ProBook: ProBooks are an HP specific product. Just like Lenovo's "ThinkPad" this is just a brand name for a category of laptops that are generally marketed for business purposes. There is a large amount of customization within the ProBook line, prices as low as $700 and as high as $1,600. They run Windows and like Ultrabooks, use full up software suites.

MacBook Air: A Macbook Air is, effectively, a small form factor Ultrabook, manufactured by Apple and running MacOS. Unlike Ultrabooks, only Apple makes MacBooks, and unlike Ultrabooks, MacBooks run Apple's operating system. Much of the software that runs on Windows is available for MacOS, though there are things that are not available on MacOS. There are also some software packages that are available on MacOS that are not available on Windows. Pricing starts around $900,

MacBook Pro: Not on your list, but I'm adding it anyway. A MacBook Pro is the big brother of the MacBook Air. While a MacBook Air is a light weight device optimized for portability, the MacBook Pro is a larger device with more computing power that is aimed at more professional work. Like the MacBook Air, it run's Apple's MacOS. Pricing on these starts around $1300 and goes up to just over $3000.

All of the above are 'Notebooks', the new name for laptops.

geek_r.g.nixon, Aug 6, 1:35 pm

Probook is a range of HP laptops - they are primarily business computers and can come with Windows 7 or 8.

A Probook is also a notebook. A notebook is just a laptop.

geek_suicidemonkey, Aug 6, 1:36 pm

A Google search could have told you that; like it did for me.

geek_r.g.nixon, Aug 6, 1:37 pm

Fantastic thank you very much

geek_majestic, Mar 17, 11:20 pm

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