The Last Guide You’ll Need to Find the Best Laptop for Writers 2019

The Definitive Guide to Finding YOUR Laptop (+ My Laptop Story)

“To join in the industrial revolution, you needed to open a factory; in the Internet revolution, you need to open a laptop.” — Alexis Ohanian

The time has come for you to find a new laptop. You’re excited, but also a bit apprehensive.

After all, your laptop is your trusty partner. Your secret weapon. Your portal to a better future.

With a decent laptop and a decent internet connection, you can conquer the world!

But now it’s time for you to choose a new laptop — one that will accompany you for the next 3–10+ years. And for you, this is no light decision.

The internet is full of laptop buying guides and complicated specifications that make your head spin:

What is RAM? Is HDD or SSD better? What does a CPU do? What do you need to know, and what information can you safely ignore when choosing your laptop?

I recently went through the process myself and came away with a stellar machine and a ton of new knowledge. So in this guide, I will reveal the secret of choosing the perfect laptop, and reveal which laptop I chose, and why…

Most importantly, I’ll be teaching you everything you need to know to make a well-informed decision for yourself.

You will learn:

  1. What features a great writer’s laptop ought to have.
  2. What all those confusing acronyms and technical terms really mean (CPU, RAM, SSD, HDD, etc) and how to use them to help guide your decision.
  3. Well-known laptop brands, what they are known for, and their top laptop offerings.
  4. Best laptops for writers on a budget.
  5. Best laptops for writers who double as illustrators, photographers, and more.
  6. Which laptop I chose and why.

Ready to begin?

Let’s do this!

Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash

What Makes the Best Laptop for Writers? Must-Have Features

“When I first started writing, it was me alone with a computer…I hated the time away from other people, and my writing sucked. Now I have a laptop; I can do the most tedious part of my job in a public place.” — Chuck Palahniuk

Everyone has different needs when it comes to laptops.

You are presumably reading this article because you are planning to buy a laptop for writers. And writers need laptops for a variety of specialized reasons.

So here are some writer-specific features to consider:

Your Word Processor

The majority of computer users prefer to write and take care of all their word processing needs with Microsoft Word. Apple has its own word processor, Pages, though it’s recently included Microsoft Office compatability as well.

However, ever since Microsoft Office 365 moved to a subscription system, many users are finding that Office Online and Google Docs are great free alternative, not to mention the vast array of other programs, from DropBox Paper to LibreOffice.

Which one are you used to? Which one do you prefer? That’s your decision. But if you want to go with Apple, know that it will make it harder or impossible for you to use Microsoft software, and vice versa.

Your Keyboard

As a writer, you will be using your keyboard more than most laptop-users, so make sure it’s one that you can live with for a long time. If you can, go to the store and test the keyboards in person. Your body will tell you what feels best.

Whether you buy your laptop in-store or online, here are some keyboard factors to take into consideration:

  • Key placement: The ctrl/command button should be leftmost so your pinky can find it quickly to perform necessary commands without error.
  • Arrowpad: This should have page up and down as options to make navigation easier.
  • Caps lock: It’s helpful if the caps lock key is recognizable by touch (sunken or otherwise notable) so that you don’t accidentally create typing errors.
  • Backspace key: Should be of a good size and position so that you can quickly correct typos by feel without creating more typos.
  • Backlighting: For me, this is an optional perk. It’s nice if your laptop keys light up if you like typing in the dark, but otherwise, no backlighting is fine, too.
  • No bottoming out: A good keyboard makes it difficult to hit the bottom of your keyboard with a lot of force when you’re typing, reducing soreness and increasing speed. The more space between the key and the base, the less likely you will bottom out.
  • Good feedback: keys should be springy, not stiff, with a touch of resistance to avoiod bottoming out.
The 15.6″ 2-in-1 HP Envy has a spacious, backlit keyboard with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life. (Check Amazon for pricing)

Portability: Size and Weight

If you are a digital nomad or you like to take your laptop to coffee shops to gather inspiration by people-watching, then you need to consider your new laptop’s size and weight.

Ideally, you want a laptop of 4 pounds or less. And a screen size of between 13-15 is usually a safe bet for most writers. (That is in inches, measured diagonally).

Larger screens are easier on the eyes and also offer more space for a larger keyboard, but smaller screens are more portable. You can decide which factor matters more to you.

Durability

If you are a traveling writer, another important consideration when looking for your perfect writer’s laptop is durability.

The most durable laptops will have a metal or aluminum chassis, whereas the most lightweight laptops are not necessarily known for surviving rough usage.

Also, if you want a really hardy laptop, consider getting one with a solid state drive instead of the HDD, or even hybrid.

Why?

Because Hard Disk Drives use a spinning disk to save information, and when jostled or dropped, are more easily disturbed (read: broken) than their SSD counterparts.

That said, it might be worth it to invest in a quality padded laptop bag or backpack as well, to make sure that even if you do jostle or drop your laptop on accident, it will survive.

The Dell Latitude (14″ / Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10, DVDRW drive USB 2.0 + 3.0) is known for its ultra-durability (check price on Amazon)

Battery life

If you want to write outdoors or in places where an outlet may not be readily available, it helps to have a laptop with a long-lasting battery, so you don’t have to lug around unwieldy laptop cords every time you change settings.

Generally speaking, you’ll want a laptop with a battery life of at least 8 hours. The more the better. To verify the expected battery life, look around online for reviews of the laptop you’re interested in buying.

Your Screen

If you’re a writer who likes to write outside, or in places with many light reflections, you may want to consider a matte screen to avoid glare.

Glossy screen displays have more vivid colors and contrast, but light shining on them — from sunlight to fluorescent lights — can make them hard to see and use.

Matte screens are easier to use in a brightly lit room, so if your workspace is full of bright lights or you often write outside, this would be my pick for you.

Other screen factors to consider:

  • Touch screen: For writers, this is usually optional. In my personal experience,touch screens are more trouble than they’re worth, especially if the screen gets dirty and confused about whether or not you are actually touching it. However, if you plan to take written notes, or sketch on your laptop, you may consider this.
  • Screen resolution: A higher screen resolution is more important for artists and gamers. But if you have seeing difficulties, like to watch videos on your laptop, or just prefer a crisp look to your laptop, then shoot for a higher screen resolution. (Low resolution would be something like 1366×768 pixels, while high resolutions have at least 1920×1080 pixels.)
This 15″ Lenovo Ideapad comes with anti-glare display, and a backlit keyboard, as well as an Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, and USB 3.1 ports (check pricing on Amazon) 

Pricing

If you can afford it, I would highly recommend NOT getting the cheapest laptop you can find. (And if you can’t afford it, save up until you can!)

My last laptop was a semi-bargain, and so were the previous two, and although they lasted about 4 years each, on average, they started acting up long before their “expiration dates.”

And you probably know this from personal experience, but nothing causes more anxiety for a writer than a laptop that is acting up.

(Especially when you haven’t backed up your writing — so back up, people! Do it now, and do it often!)

As a good rule of thumb, avoid laptops below $350. They usually use inferior processors and have far less RAM than the good machines, which means that they may not even be able to handle running your operating system smoothly once they get old or when you have multiple programs open.

Instead, look for a laptop that will endure. One that is well-built by a reputable company with all the ports and features that you need and will likely need for the next 5 years.

The best quality laptops tend to fall in the $600-$1,000 range. So if you’ve planned ahead and saved up, shoot for this ballpark.

And if you do other things with your laptop besides writing, which many freelance writers do nowadays (art, web design, video editing, etc) and you need to use programs like Adobe Photoshop or InDesign or Dreamweaver, then invest in a laptop with a quick processor.

The 15.6″ Acer Aspire 5 Slim comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256 GB of SSD and Windows 10 Home. (Check pricing on Amazon)

 

The more memory and speed and durability your laptop has, the more expensive it will be, that’s true.

But it’s better to purchase a high quality laptop that will serve you well for years, rather than a cheap one that falls apart easily — you don’t want the headache of dealing with customer service, sending the machine in for fixing regularly, etc, etc. Save yourself the hassle and invest wisely!

Customer Service & Warranties

While ideally you want a laptop that never breaks or has issues, this is not an ideal world. So look for a company with an established reputation that is known for having strong customer service.

This is one of the areas in which the Apple brand shines, with its Apple stores in what seems like every mall in America…but other brands also have great service as well (see Best Laptop Brands of 2019, below). Check out review websites and see what other customers have to say!

Also consider the laptop warranties. No matter what you do, sometimes accidents happen. So when you purchase your laptop, it is a good idea to get a warranty as a backup in case something happens.

Those who buy refurbished or used laptops should definitely look for a warranty as well. Check the length of the warranty (90 days? 1 year? 3 years?) as well as what is and isn’t covered (hardware malfunctions? software problems?).

Ideally you want 24/7 access either by phone or online.

The HP’s star has been rising of late. This is their 15″ Pavilion business laptop with an 8th generation Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB of HDD storage,. (Check Amazon for pricing details)

It will be difficult to find a laptop that has the best of all of these qualities, so make sure you decide which features are nonnegotiable, nince-to-have, and irrelevant to YOU. That will help you make the right decision.

And that’s it for writer-specific features to consider when buying a laptop.

Next, let’s take a look at what all those complicated descriptions actually mean when you’re out shopping for your next laptop:

Key Terms to Know and Factors Consider When Buying a Laptop

“You can sit in a room and create anything you want on a laptop.” — Frank Abagnale

Don’t know what an operating system is? Or how much RAM you should look for in a new computer? No? Never fear, that’s what this section is for!

Learn what types of laptops you can choose from, what all those unwieldy tech acronyms mean, and what specs (specifications) are important to consider when looking for your new laptop:

Types of Laptops

In addition to your standard laptop, there are many more choices on the market these days. This can make for a pretty confusing shopping experience, so allow me to clear up some of the confusion about the options available and what all the different names mean😃

  • Standard laptop: At it’s core, a laptop is simply a mobile personal computer, usually beteween 10–12″ diagonal and 2–18 pounds.
  • Notebook: Theese have the same processing power and features as larger laptops, with screens that go from 12–17″ and a weight between 5–6 pounds.
  • Netbook: Netbooks are smaller, less powerful, and less expensive than notebook computers. They tend to cost $300–600. You can hook one up with a cloud computing network to eliminate the necessity of an expensive personal computer.
  • Chromebook: These are affordable mini-laptops made by Google for everyday use. They look like regular laptops, usually with an 11–14″ screen. They won’t let you run native Windows software and are limited to apps in the Google store. Must be connected to the internet to work. Fairly cheap ($200–400) and good for kids.
  • Ultrabook: Premium thin, lightweight laptops by Intel. They run Windows on Intel-powered hardware. They can be pricier ($500–1500)
  • 2-in-1/Hybrid laptop: A convertible or detachable laptop that combines the functionality of a laptop with the flexibility of a tablet. They include a touch screen (one that flips 180 degrees for tablet-style use, or detaches completely), PC operating system, and keyboard, and are often thinner and more lightweight than regular laptops.
This 14″ Lenovo 2-in-1 Convertible Business Laptop has 12GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage. It comes with Windows 10 and a pen/stylus. (Check Amazon for pricing)

Operating System (OS)

An operating system is the software program that runs a computer’s basic functions. Every computer and smartphone has one, and they control your software and hardware.

There are 3 leading laptop operating systems you need to know about: Windows, Mac, and Chrome.

  • Windows: Known for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8, Windows’ newest OS is Windows 10. This operating system includes a new start menu which organizes all your files and programs so you can locate them faster. Windows 10 is graphics heavy. Windows 10 switches easily between desktop and tablet mode, so if you want a 2-in-1 laptop, this might be the OS for you.
  • Mac: Apple’s latest operating system is the Mojave, and if you’ve been using Apple a while, you won’t find many major changes to the interface. The Mac OS has a customizable taskbar, searchfeature, the Launchpad for your apps, and Finder where files and downloads stay. A new Sidecar feature allows you to use your iPad as a second display, and of course a Mac computer integrates well with any iPhone or iPad you may have.
  • Chrome: Google’s web-based OS relies heavily on the Chrome browser, so Android users will find this a familiar OS. Chrome OS has a customizable desktop, but you’ll be spending most of your time online when you use this OS, so make sure you always have a strong internet connection. The Chrome OS is a super lightweight system that runs quickly, tethers to Android phones, and syncs to their cloud. You can also download all of your favorite Android apps onto your Chromebook.

Which one should you choose?

Apple devices do tend to be pricier, on average, but many loyal fans prefer its interface and exclusive programs like iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Facetime, Safari, and more.

Chromebooks are fast and efficient, with a variety of apps available in the Google Play and Chrome Web Store, but they require internet connection and don’t alllow you to install third party software.

Windows has a vast ecosystem of third party programs designed for it, from Adobe suite to certain kinds of design and modeling software available only on Windows 10. Windows also has the largest selection of laptops to choose from.

The 15.6″ Acer Convertible Chromebook features 4GB of RAM, 64 GB of SSD storage and a backlit keyboard. (See Amazon for more details)

 

In the end, it is your choice. If you have a preference, you can stick with what what you like and are familiar with, unless you are planning to run a program that uses one OS over another.

Personally, I would go with either Apple or Mac for a primary laptop, and only consider Chrome if you want a lightweight, portable, cheap secondary laptop and you’re able to access the internet anywhere you go.

Central Processing Unit (CPU/Processor)

The Central Processing Unit carries out the basic operations of a computer program. You can think of it as the computer’s brain.

The most common processors on the market these days are by Intel and AMD. Intel processors are typically i5 or i7 with anything from 2–4 cores. Generally speaking the more recent the model and the higher the number of cores, the more powerful and fast your computere will be.

Memory (RAM)

RAM, or Random Access Memory, is your computer’s short-term memory system.

Just like you may hold a friend’s phone number in your brain’s short term memory just long enough for you to use it, the computer also uses RAM to hold temporary information that you can use while the computer is turned on.

Then, when you go to turn off your computer, you either save your information into long term memory, or you let it disappear forever.

RAM is important for keeping programs running, and the more demanding the program you use, the more RAM you need. If you are only using Microsoft Word now and then, you may not need to have much more than 8 GB of RAM.

However, if you like to browse the web and watch high quality videos, powerful art or music software, etc., you want at least 16GB of RAM. 64GB and above is more for power users (gamers, designers, etc).

This 15.6″ ASUS Vivobook F510QA comes with 16GB of RAM as well as 256 GB of SSD and 1TB of HDD storage. (See Amazon for more details)

Hard Drive (Internal Storage Types)

“Hard drive” is the generic term used to describe any physical permanent storage device. The hard drive/internal storage is where all of your programs and data goes when your computer turns off.

In terms of size, most people (who only use their laptops for writing and perhaps some MP3 music and pictures) are content with a few hundred gigabytes of storage. But if you plan to store movies, games, and more/higher quality music and photos, you’ll want more space: 500GB to 1TB of storage.

There are two basic types of internal storage in a laptop, SSD and HDD:

  • Hard Disk Drives (HDD): The HDD is the traditional form of permanent storage. It’s a mechanical, magnetic type of storage that relies on a spinning disk and a reader.
  • Solid State Drives (SSD): These drives use chips similar to the SD cards you find in cameras. Unlike HDDs, SSDs don’t have spinning/moving parts. In Chromebooks, you will ooften find eMMC storage as well, which is technically a type of solid state drive since it has no moving parts, however SSDs are generally superior to eMMCs.

Which one is better for you?

HDDs are cheaper than SSDs so they often have more storage for a lower price. However, SSDs are faster. Also, HDDs’ spinning disk can be noisy (especially if you also dabble in music recording on the side), and they are more breakable, especially if jostled/dropped.

So if speed and durability is more important to you, go with SDD, and if price and storage size is more of a concern, go with HDD.

There are also HDD-SSD hybrid drives which may use SSD to start your computer faster and hold on to frequently used programs, and HDD to store less-frequently-used files.

The Acer Spin 3 Convertible 14″ Laptop has an 8th generation Intel Core i7 Processor, 16GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage, along with a backlit keyboard and rechargeable stylus. (See Amazon for more details)

Graphics Chip

If you use your laptop to play or create games or high-resolution videos or design 3D objects in addition to writing, you will probably want to invest in a laptop with a descrete graphics processor from AMD or Nvidia.

Of course, this will be a drain on your battery power, so make sure you get one of these only if you need it.

Ports and Connectivity

If you use your laptop for tasks other than writing, you may need certain ports (HDMI, USB) included, so make sure you check this before you buy! Some lightweight, cheap laptops don’t include many (or any) ports, while others do.

What ports do you need? Not only now, but in the foreseeable future? Most mainstream laptops havee USB ports, but do you need a particular type of USB port (Type C, Thunderbolt ports, etc)?

What about ethernet, or DVD/Blu-ray drives? If you need to read/write discs, you can either buy a laptop that has an optical drive built in, or you can buy an external one that connects with USB.

Having the ports you need built in to your laptop can save you the hassle of carrying around a jumble of dongles everywhere you go.

At minimum, I would recommend getting a laptop with 1–2 USB ports that are backwards compatible (work with older USB versions), just in case you need to plug in an external hard drive, tablet, or other hardware.

This Dell Inspiron 15.6″ Touch-Screen laptop includes an optical drive, an SD card reader, and 3 USB ports, as well as a 7th generation Intel core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storate. (See Amazon for details)

And…That’s a wrap-up for laptop features. But what about the companies that make these laptops? Do they make a difference? The answer is yes:

 

Best Laptop Brands of 2019

“In terms of the technology I use the most, it’s probably a tie between my Blackberry and my MacBook Pro laptop. That’s how I communicate with the rest of the world…” — John Legend

There are many companies out there making laptops, and in general, the higher quality the company, the higher quality the laptop.

Helpful and timely technical support is critical when you aren’t a tech-whiz (yours truly), so here are some of the most well-known and trusted companies for your consideration, listed in alphabetical order:

Acer

Apple

ASUS

DELL

Hewlett-Packard (HP)

This 13.3″ renewed Apple Macbook Pro includes 16GB of RAM, 500GB of SSD storage and a DVD burner. (See Amazon for more details)

Lenovo

Microsoft

Samsung

  • Known for: Big name in smartphones, tablets, TV, air con, fridges.
  • Series: Notebook Pro, Notebook 9,
  • Other information: Korean company, not the best battery life or warranty.
  • Best laptops: Samsung Notebook 9, Samsung Chromebook Plus
This 13.3″ Samsung Notebook 7 features 8GB of RAm, 256GB of SSD storage, an 8th generation i5 processor and weighs 3.31 lbs. (Click to see Amazon pricing details)

Overall

HP, Dell, and Asus consistently make it in the Top 5 in various “Best Laptop Brand” lists, based on factors including laptop features, support, and overall value. Apple and Lenovo help round out the top 10, along with other brands like Samsung and Microsoft.


Best Laptops for Writers Under $300

“I carry my iPad and laptop with me everywhere.” — Anne Wojcicki

While I don’t recommend trying to cut corners with a budget laptop, you may deseperately need a laptop now yet not quite have the funds for high quality.

Or perhaps you already have a powerful desktop computer at home, and simply want a cheaper, portable version to carry around with you when you’re out and about.

Either way, this section will introduce a few budget laptops that will work for your needs:

Chromebooks are the way to go if price is a big concern for you. They can range from less than $100 to just under $300:

The Acer chromebook R11 Convertible 11.6″ laptop with 4GB RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage
The Lenovo Chromebook C330 2-in1 convertible laptop has a 11.6″ display, 4GB of RAM, and 64 FB of eMMC storage. (See Amazon for more details)
This HP X2 2-in-1 Detachable Chromebook is 12.3″ diagonal with 4GB RAM, 150GB of storage and comes with an active pen. (See Amazon for details)

 

As you can tell, buying a budget laptop means that you have to sacrifice certain features — most notably RAM and storage size/quality. This is your choice, though, only you know what are nonnegotiable factors for your writing life!


Best Laptop for Writers and Photographers & Best Laptop for Writing and Illustrating

“I generally travel with my laptop, a couple of great books, and my iPod.” — Orlando Bloom

If you are a writer who also deals with illustration, photography and graphic design, this section is for you.

Writers who are also artists neeed laptops with greater storage (larger hard drives), speed, and screen display clarity. Using powerful image editing programs like Adobe and Corel take up quite a bit of space, and can slow down your laptop if you don’t plan ahead and choose a machine with:

  • SSD storage for speed and durability
  • A powerful CPU (the more recent, the better. Minimum Intel Core i5)
  • As much RAM as you can afford
  • Possibly: A separate graphics card
  • Ports to hook up your external devices

Some artists may like to work with 2-in-1 tablet-type laptops so they can draw directly on their screen. Others may prefer to use their familiar artists’ tablets so this feature is not important for them. I lean toward the latter, but you must decide for yourself!

So for those of you who identify as artist-writers, here are some suggestions:

The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 has an 8th generation Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage and all day battery life. At 1.7 pounds, it’s also highly portable.
This 10.8″ Lenovo Yoga Book C930 2-in-1 touchscreen computer has an Intel Core i5 CPU, 128 GB of SSD storage, and a touch e-ink keyboard.

Best Laptop Keyboards

And if typing and ergonomics are your biggest concern, take a look at these suggestions:

This Lenovo ThinkPad T470 is known for having an excellent keyboard with snappy feedback and gently curved keys. In addition, it has an Intel Core i5 CPU, 256 GB of SSD storage, 8GB of RAM and Windows 10 Pro OS.
The 13″ Apple MacBook Air has a backlit keyboard with an ambient light sensor and uses Apple’s butterfly mechanism for comfortable and responsive typing. 8GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. (See Amazon for more details)

If you are interested in ergonomics (the study of efficiency in a work environment), you may already know that laptop keyboards aren’t always the best for your posture or physical health.

In that case you may want to get a separate ergonomic keyboard to supplement the computer or laptop you already have.

These boards are often designed in a V-shape, allowing you to type at a more natural angle. Many have a split keyboard design (see image below) which places less stress on your wrists and is allows your arms to fall in a more natural position.

Some ergonomic keyboards angle the keys at a 45 degree angle, and others don’t. If you want, you can look for a keyboard with an adjustable angle so that you can set it up to be perfect for your body.

The Perixx Periboard-512 is an ergonomic split keyboard with an integrated palm rest design and tactile keystroke, designed to reduce pressure when you type.


How This Writer Chose Her Laptop

“The laptop brings back a more seamless kind of learning.” — Nicholas Negroponte

So about a month ago, my current laptop began choking up.

I use my laptop every day, all day, not only for writing, but also for other artistic and technological purposes. So it wasn’t all that surprising that after ~4 years of hard usage, I needed a new laptop.

As I began my search, I knew what I wanted:

Above all, I wanted a powerful machine that could run multiple demanding programs without stalling or breaking — one that was hardy enough to withstand the occasional rough usage (I try to be careful, but I have been known to drop technology now and then *shudders*).

These were the specifications I required

  • Hard drive: I wanted speed and ruggedness, and I plan to use this new laptop for many many years, so I went for an all-SSD hard drive, with over 500GB of storage.
  • RAM: I needed at least 16GB, because I use my laptop for everything. Not just writing, but also artistic programs (DAW, Adobe) and video functionality.
  • Ports: 2 USB ports at least (compatible with USB 2.0, for my external backup hard drive and othter portable devices)

Other negotiable elements

  • Operating System: I’m usually a PC kind of girl when it comes to laptops, though I did seriously consider switching to Apple this time around. In the end, I chose to stay with PC because I’m more familiar with the setup and because it was more compatible with my art & music software.
  • Portability: Not as much an issue, because I don’t write outside the house. So I went with a larger screen size because it’s easier on the eyes and better for art purposes.
  • Brand: I ended up narrowing my choices down to HP or Dell. Both have a solid history and reputation, and also appear to be improving these years.
  • Price: I had saved up some resources and was willing to make an investment for personal and professional development, since I don’t plan to make another purchase like this anytime soon.
  • Processor: I’m more familiar with Intel and was hoping for a Core i5 or i7, the later the generation, the better.

Unnecessary factors

  • I did NOT want a touchscreen or a 2-in-1 tablet-laptop hybrid. More trouble than they’re worth, for me, especially since I have an external tablet.
  • Optical drive: Optional. I have been known to create original music CDs in the past, but have no plans to do so in the future now that online streaming is so easy.

All things considered, I ended up getting a 17″ HP laptop with 16GB RAM, 3 USB ports, and an Intel i7 core, that had been “retrofitted” with an SSD hard drive:

My new baby!

 

Yes, it was pricier with that retrofitted hard drive, but no, I’m not planning to get another laptop for at least another 5+ years (or buy anything else expensive for the next 2+ years).

And I knew I needed all these functions to be able to do my work properly. So I was willing to put all my birthday money in this machine. I’ve had it now for a while, and so far, so good! It’s fast, efficient, easy to use, clear, and perfect for my needs 😃


In Summary: Which Laptop Is Best For You?

“Someone with a laptop can make something amazing and send it out…you grow up creatively in a very public way.” — Shura

If you’re like me, you take laptop searching very seriously.

While looking for my new laptop, I researched all the different terms and specifications related to computing and technology, whittled down my must-have vs like-to-have vs don’t-want features, then created several spreadsheets to compare and contrast the available options.

All told, I probably conducted dozens of hours of research, which may seem like a lot, but for an investment of this size, I think it’s worth it (especially since I can share much of the information with you!)

But don’t take my word for it.

The most important thing is to know what YOU need out of your laptop…and don’t just think about what you want to do now — think about your potential computing needs 1, 2, 3 years from now before you make your final decision.

You may not need quite the same functions I do, so your laptop choices will probably differ from mine quite a bit.

But no matter what you decide, you now have the information and tools you need to make the best, most educated decision on your new laptop!

So take a deep breath and enjoy the hunt, knowing you have everything you need to know right here at your fingertips. And I look forward to seeing the stories and creations you’ll be creating with your new laptop 😃


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