Is a laptop considered a PC?

A laptop is a type of personal computer that’s smaller and lighter than a desktop. It offers many of the same features as a desktop, including a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and other accessories. A laptop can also be referred to as an “ultra-portable computer,” which refers to its small size and weight.

PC is an acronym for “personal computer.”

If you’re new to the world of PCs, allow me to explain.

A personal computer is a computing device intended for individual use. The term “personal computer” can be used to refer to any kind of computer that is not a server or supercomputer. PCs come in many different shapes and sizes, but they all share some basic characteristics:

  • They are designed primarily for use by an individual rather than by groups of people at once (such as servers).
  • They run an operating system with a graphical user interface (GUI), like Windows 10 or macOS. If a device runs another operating system instead—like Chrome OS—it’s not considered a PC because it doesn’t have a GUI.
  • Laptops are also considered PCs because they can meet all three criteria above; however, not every laptop is considered a PC! A laptop will still be treated as one if it has been configured by its manufacturer so that it meets those requirements—even if someone has installed Linux on the machine and uses only open-source software on the device itself

It’s common to consider a laptop as a PC, but not every laptop is a PC.

A laptop is a personal computer, but not every PC is a laptop.

To be considered a PC, a device must meet these three criteria:

  • It uses an x86-based processor (i3/i5/i7) and runs Windows 10 or macOS.
  • It can run Windows 10 or macOS (or in some cases Linux).
  • The manufacturer considers it to be a personal computer.

A PC must use an x86-based processor and run Windows 10 or macOS.

An x86-based processor is any Intel or AMD processor that uses the x86 architecture. The x86 architecture is the most common architecture for personal computers (PCs), especially those running Windows 10 or macOS. If a computer doesn’t have an x86-based processor, it’s not considered a PC.

Chromebooks and iPads are great options, but they aren’t PCs.

When you think of a personal computer (PC), you probably picture a laptop. But that doesn’t mean a laptop is necessarily a PC.

Chromebooks and iPads are great options, but they aren’t PCs. Chromebooks and iPads are best for people who want to do light tasks—like browsing the web or checking email—and don’t need to run any software on their devices. They can be used as PCs if your goal is doing just those things listed above, but then again so can smartphones like iPhone or Android devices.

In short: laptops might not be PCs, but they absolutely can be used as PCs!

It can be helpful to know the difference between PCs and laptops.

It can be helpful to know the difference between PCs and laptops.

PCs stand for personal computers, which means they are specifically designed for individual users. A laptop is a type of PC that is portable and has an internal battery used to power the device while it’s not connected to an electrical outlet. Although many people use both terms interchangeably, the two do have distinct differences.

Some people claim that all laptops are PCs, but this isn’t true because there are other types of computers such as desktop computers (sometimes called desktops), tablets, and smartphones that aren’t considered PCs by definition. In short:

  • Laptops = Personal computers (PCs)
  • Desktops = Non-portable PCs


In conclusion, a laptop is considered a computer. Laptops are just smaller desktop PCs that allow you to take your work anywhere.

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Luqman Khan

Luqman is the founder of and an obsessed gamer! He is also the founder of a Computer Gaming Lounge. He has been into gaming and PC Building since 2009. He is also obsessed with DOTA 2 and Rainbow Six Siege.