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If you’re going to be writing and you need something portable, your laptop will need to have a comfortable keyboard, a great screen. It should also be light and small enough to bring around with you, but large enough to allow you to work comfortably. Let’s take a look at the factors to be considered by writers or freelancers shopping for a new work station.
- Has a full sized keyboard that is not compacted into a small space
You don’t want to be cramped up in a small ultrabook if you have a lot of work to do. It’s really worth it to get something you can type comfortably on with plenty of room to stretch your fingers out and let that beautiful magic flow from your fingertips.
- Good keystroke response, impression, sound and feel of pressing the keys in.
The feel of the keys is very important. There’s something very satisfying about being able to feel a button-like reaction from your keys. If there’s no kind of audible or at least tangible feedback coming from your keyboard when you’re working, let’s face it; it feels weird. It feels like you’re not even typing anything and just paddling your fingers around for no reason. Until you really get used to it, you need to watch the screen to make sure the computer is even registering your finger taps.
- Has a good sized, bright and clear screen to allow small fonts to be clearly legible.
Some people don’t mind working on an 11-inch ultrabook, but their smaller size can be limiting to others. Though it’s much more convenient to have something very light and small enough to tote around easily, it’s not as conducive to producing quality results and working comfortably. It would also be pretty convenient to be able to use your laptop for watching movies, playing games or whatever you else you may want to do other than writing. If you’re looking for a desktop replacement, size matters. Either way, 13” – 15” is the ideal size for a writer’s laptop.
- Size and weight
As discussed above, Instead of being small enough, the question is: Is your laptop going to be big enough to use for work on a daily basis? 17” is obviously too big, and 11” is just too small. As far as weight goes, the lighter the better. Laptops aren’t exactly made of lead though. Pretty much any laptop is light enough to be portable. Although it is quite nice if you can’t feel it weighing down on your shoulder so much while bringing it from A to Z. Light weight shouldn’t be a major factor though, just a nice bonus.
- Is it durable and dependable enough?
Does it work well and is it stable enough to keep your files safe? You should be regularly backing up your files anyway, but it’s something to consider. Will it last for more than a couple years? You’ll likely want to keep it for three or four years before it’s time for a replacement, and when you do get a new one, you won’t want the old one to be in shambles. Hopefully it will still have some resale value or still work good enough to be given to someone else.
- Does it have the right specs?
For writing, your laptop should have plenty of RAM for keeping those open browser pages during research, and a long lasting battery. The processor matters less.
Now that we have the most important factors in sight, let’s take a look at a few top picks and what they have to offer.
ASUS Zenbook UX305FA
If you don’t want to spend too much, you can get a great 13.3” full HD laptop from Asus for only less than $600. The UX305FA has 8 GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, Intel Core M-5Y10 processor, a good keyboard and up to 10 hours of battery life. If you want something a little snappier from Asus, try the ZenBook Pro UX501.Check Current Price on Amazon
Apple Macbook Air
Retina display is a great feature to have if you’re going to be staring at your computer screen all day. Durability and dependability are pretty much guaranteed with a Macbook as well. It has a very comfortable keyboard, a 13” HD screen, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and about eight hours battery life. Many writers, including Steven King, swear by Apple.Check Current Price on Amazon
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-592G-71ZL
This 15.6” laptop has a full HD screen, 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, 6-hour battery life and a pretty good keyboard. It comes preloaded with Windows 10 and costs approximately $900. Acer also makes a UHD version for a few hundred dollars more.Check Current Price on Amazon