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You can often find bloggers at high-end coffee shops or at trendy pubs, staring at their laptops or typing away furiously on them. And, one can often see a blogger cursing and making a quick visit to the washroom because of the coffee or a beer they spilled on themselves while banging away at their keyboard. So clearly, a blogger and his/her laptop are inseparable.
Bloggers spend most of their waking hours with this technological marvel that browses, edits pictures and occasionally videos, or fills up a complicated-looking Excel sheet. So, naturally, the selection of a good laptop is important, because it is their primary writing platform (that is if they are not using their phones to do all the writing).
With this guide, we will look at the best laptops available for bloggers and writers who have been looking for new laptops. The best writing machines need not be very high end but need to have a great display, a great battery life and a compact design.
Naturally, it is no easy task to choose what would be the “best” laptop for you, since every year, dozens of new laptops crop up on the market, each claiming to be the “skinniest” or the “fastest”. So, after some research, we have compiled a list of what we consider are the best laptops on the market today. The laptops listed are in not ranked in any particular order.
Apple is a company that needs absolutely no introduction. They are a brand that has been producing the most stunning machines in the last decade and a half. Known for their eye-popping, yet simple designs, the launch of new Apple products is awaited with bated breath and the new MacBook is certainly not a disappointment.
Unchanged from its aluminum avatar, but not as sleek as its “Air” version, the new MacBook has one of the fastest SSDs to date, making tasks such as editing large photographs in Photoshop, editing multicam clips or 4K videos in Final Cut Pro a breeze. According to a lot of reviewers, this is the fastest MacBook Pro yet and with the i7 processor with 2.7GHz of power, a minimum of 16GB RAM (upgradable to 32GB), 512GB SSD (upgradable up to 1TB), they are not joking indeed!
The new MacBook Pro has one of the quietest keyboards and it is said to be less susceptible to being stuck or filled in with dust particles and has a more comfortable feel. Here is a quick look at its specifications:
- Operating System: macOS Mojave
- Processor: 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, (upgradable up to 4.5Ghz)
- Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
- RAM: 16GB to 32GB
- Display: Retina display, 2560X1600 native resolution
- Storage: 512GB SSD, which is configurable to 256GB, 512GB or 1TB
- Battery: Up to 10 hours
This laptop is not built for the masses, so it is priced accordingly. That said, the MacBook Pro is very fast, reliable and the silent keyboard and a long battery life is a definite plus if you are looking at hours of uninterrupted, quiet work.
This ultrathin tablet-cum-laptop from Microsoft is extremely portable because it looks like a tablet, but works exactly like a laptop. This hybrid device is powerful enough to run professional-grade software and has enough room for your photos, videos, apps and as much music as you like.
At around 785 grams, it is thicker and heavier than ordinary tablets but has an adjustable magnesium kickstand, that can fold out to almost flat and is quite sturdy. But unlike most products in its category, the Surface features a full-fledged processor that is powerful enough for serious business. It has the proprietary PixelSense display, that can be touched, viewed and written on, with an amazing contrast that gives you the feeling that you are reading from an actual book. This also means that you can jot down handwritten notes on it which can be later turned into editable text (the Surface pen is sold separately for this purpose).
The Surface comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Pro and a 30-day trial of Office 360 (if you don’t already own it) and has a 20% larger battery than its predecessor, the Surface 4. Here is a quick look at specifications:
- Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
- Processor: Intel 7th Gen Core i5, m3 or i7
- Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (i7), i5 or m3
- RAM: 4GB, 8GB or 16GB
- Display: 12.3” PixelSense display, 2736X1824 (Multi-touch)
- Storage: 128GB SSD, which is configurable to 256GB, 512GB or 1TB.
- Battery: Up to 13.5 hours (while video playback)
The Surface is very portable and convenient if you are a blogger who is always on the move. If you are a long-time Microsoft user, you will appreciate the vast improvements it has had over its predecessor. Also, those familiar with the Microsoft environment can make good use of it. The slight dampener is that the Surface is a bit expensive and not for those who are on a tight budget.
Like its Microsoft counterpart, this hybrid laptop from Acer can bend back all the 360 degrees and it gives you the flexibility to play and work as you please, anywhere. And it does this without compromising on build or quality, giving you a very classy product. This multi-mode form factor laptop has narrow screen borders, that give you more screen space for productivity and entertainment.
The Acer Aspire R 15 boasts of an all-day battery, an all-HD screen and also an USB-C port, that is fast becoming a regular feature in modern-day laptops. The lid is coated with aluminum, giving it a rich feel and the keyboard is fitted just right for typing comfortably. You can view images and videos from any angle, the visuals don’t dither or skew and the touchpad and screen work very well. The sound quality is also pretty decent and the speakers are perfect for a medium-sized room, without much sound distortion.
If you habitually open many tabs on your browsers and then experience overall sluggishness, you are in for a surprise. The R 15 is a true multitasker and works flawlessly with even multiple tabs open, without showing any signs of lag. Let’s take a quick look at the specifications:
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Processor: Intel i7-6500U 2,5GHz
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 2GB of GDDR5
- RAM: 12GB DDR4
- Display: Active Matrix 15.6” FHD, 1920X1080
- Storage: 1TB HDD
- Battery: Up to 9 hours
With an affordable price, gorgeous display and great flexibility (quite literally), the Acer Aspire R 15 is a great laptop for bloggers who are looking for a machine that is both powerful and stylish. Both the keyboard and touchpad are excellent, which make it an amazing work companion.
This product by Asus is beautiful to look at with its aluminum alloy unibody and is unmistakably thin at 13.5mm. The aluminum is used throughout; on the bezel, lid and the base and is available in two shades — Rose Gold and Quartz Gray. The ZenBook packs some serious power, boasting up to 12 hours of (li-ion cylinder) battery life and can go through hundreds of charge cycles.
The keyboard is a carbon-fiber deck and is comfortable to type on with square keys and the touchpad has just the right amount of sensitivity. The display is full HD and offers many viewing angles without putting too much strain on the eyes. So if you are heavily into photo and video content, this is a great feature to have.
The ZenBook performs very well under duress; torture tests have included running a dozen Google Chrome tabs and an HD Youtube video running simultaneously and this beast crushes them all! Let’s take a look at these specifications:
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Processor: Intel Core i5 or i7 7500U processor
- Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 or 620
- RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
- Display: Anti-glare LED-backlit QHD+, 3200X1800
- Storage: 512GB SSD, which is configurable to 256GB
- Battery: Up to 12 hours
With a solid battery, brilliant screen that does not put a strain on your eyes and a solid performance, the Asus ZenBook is a winner. With its sleek looks and affordable price, this versatile laptop should be on every blogger’s wishlist.
Known for being a performer in most segments, Lenovo is known for its great products at affordable prices. The ThinkPad E470 is no different from its brethren with the same solid build and performing abilities. It has a sleek design and is lightweight without compromising on the components. Boasting of a full-HD display, the E470 is a rugged-looking machine and Lenovo claims that it undergoes many tests that include heat, vibration, humidity and pressure.
The display allows for wide-angle viewing and features such low-light sensitivity. It also features a full HD cam and the microphones that come with it are noise canceling. For a budget laptop, it is quite responsive and has decent cooling, which makes it perfect for some game time if you like that sort of thing. It packs in a responsive touchpad and handles word processing and working on Excel sheets solidly. Let’s take a look at the specifications:
- Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
- Processor: Choices of Intel Core i3-7100U, i5-7200U or i7-7500U
- Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 and a choice between NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 2GB or 920MX 2GB
- RAM: Upgradable up to 32 GB, DDR4
- Display: Anti-glare 1366X768 or 1920X1080
- Storage: 256GB SSD, which is configurable to 1TB
- Battery: Up to 8 hours
The ThinkPad E470 is a great buy for bloggers who already have a favorite machine but are looking for a backup machine. Its rugged design can handle some rough usage and can handle your everyday use with much ease. Overall, it is a great performer.
To wrap it up, we would like to remind you that these are just a few options that are available for bloggers on the market today. If portability and style are what you are looking for, then the Surface Pro and the Aspire are great options. If you don’t mind shelling something extra, you can never go wrong with the MacBook Pro. And if it is affordability you are after, then Lenovo is the best that there is.