If you are a digital nomad like myself, then you will know just how vital it is to get the right laptop to take traveling with you. A laptop is not only essential to my business but also keeping in touch with people back home and in all honesty, without one, I would be absolutely stuck.
When you go traveling, a laptop is something which must be thought about carefully, you want one which is powerful enough to keep up with the work you have to do, fast enough for efficiency and light enough so that it doesn’t weigh your case down too much. For those who can afford it, the Macbook Air is usually the laptop of choice, but how does this stack up against the others?
Pros and Cons of the Macbook
The reason that I love the Macbook so much is that it just works, it does what it is supposed to do, when it is supposed to do it. I love that viruses pretty much don’t exits with these computers and for the purposes of writing and running my business, it does everything that I need it to. The Macbook is also super light which I like a lot and sometimes I wouldn’t even know that it is in my bag. The only negative which I can say about the Macbook is that it is a pricey piece of kit and this makes it attractive to would-be thieves. Equally, if you do have problems on the road with you computer, fixing the issue is going to cost. I often travel to countries with are considered ‘dangerous’ and my insurance company won’t pay out if something happens in these nations.
The Best of the Rest
Because of fear of my Macbook being stolen or lost, I have tried a few notebooks and smaller laptops for when I go traveling, and just us my Macbook at home.
My favorite so far of all of the portable laptops which I have used has been a Crome laptop which cost just under $300. This laptop is super lightweight and very small, perfect for taking with me, even if I am only taking carry on luggage. The interface can be a bit clunky but it does everything that it needs to.
If the Macbook isn’t for you and you prefer Windows more than the iOS software, my recommendation would be the Dell XPS 13, I borrowed this from a friend when my Macbook was getting fixed and I really liked it. The screen display is absolutely phenomenal on this laptop, perfect for watching movies or editing photos on the go. This Dell computer is also super light and very thin which makes it perfect for traveling with. The XPS will set you back around $800 but it will last you for a very long time.
What is your laptop of choice? Are you a Macbook lover or do you prefer something else? We’d love to hear from you so tell us what you think in the comments section below.