Microcomputers are more commonly known as personal computers. The term PC often denotes microcomputers that are either IBM-PCs or compatibles. The term can also refer to personal computers made by other manufacturers, such as Apple. Desktop computers are the most common type of personal computer.
* Notebook computers (laptops) are used by people who need portable computing power outside the office or away from home.
* Handheld personal computers are the smallest computing devices. They lack the power of a desktop or notebook PC, but they offer specialized features for users who need only limited functions and small size