I recently googled “best laptops for writers” and found that the the top results dispense advice that is either dated or just plain wrong. Here’s a brief summary of the suggestions from other blogs: writers need a laptop with a nice keyboard, some memory, and, oh, it should have a screen—you know, for viewing things. The general assumption is that almost any laptop can be used for writing. While that’s true, some laptops ease our literary lives more than others. If you write for a living, then your laptop is an invaluable companion, and the right model will significantly increase your overall productivity.
When buying a laptop, consider these ten essential elements:
- build quality
- random-access memory (RAM)
- storage via hard disk drive/solid state drive
- pointing device
- video card
- wireless connectivity
Three components are responsible for how “fast” your laptop feels: the processor, memory, and storage drive. Because these three elements must work in harmony, one weak component adversely affects the performance of the other two.