Laptop is one of the most useful tools for bloggers and bloggers have specific needs from a laptop.
You should purchase a laptop only after doing exhaustive research otherwise you might waste your hard-earned money and purchase a wrong kind of computer which might not cater to all your needs.
As laptops are expensive devices, read this article carefully before purchasing a laptop for blogging.
As the needs of bloggers and writers are alike, this article is also helpful for writers.
So read on.
As a blogger you need to type thousands of words on a keyboard on a regular basis.
So, you should choose a laptop with an excellent keyboard.
If possible, before purchasing a laptop, visit a physical store and test its keyboard by typing- “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”.
The above sentence contains all of the letters of the English alphabet.
Make sure that the keyboard has a good feel.
If you are unable to visit a physical store, research online about the laptop’s keyboard.
For a comfortable typing experience, the keys should have a decent key travel.
The more the key travel, the more better.
Also, your laptop should have a full-size keyboard so that you can comfortably type on it.
The keys should be properly spaced that is, the keyboard should not feel cramped.
Also, having backlighting helps.
A backlit keyboard ensures that you can even work when the lighting of your room or surroundings isn’t perfect.
A laptop should have a decent palm rest area for resting your palms while typing.
If you have big hands, you should not purchase a laptop with a very small palm rest area.
As a blogger, you need to view the screen of your laptop for prolonged hours.
So, having a good screen quality really helps.
sRGB color gamut-
The easiest measure of a screen quality is its sRGB color gamut.
A screen with a 100% sRGB color gamut reproduces colours very accurately.
This is very helpful when you design graphics for your blog and blog posts.
And if you want to start a YouTube channel accompanying your blog, having a colour accurate screen helps in video editing.
For these purposes, the sRGB color gamut should not be less than 92%.
The best place to know about the sRGB values of a laptop screen is its manufacturer’s website.
For example, to know the sRGB values of Dell XPS 13 Laptop, I need to visit Dell’s website and search for the details of Dell XPS 13 to find the sRGB percentage.
If you can’t afford a laptop with a 100% sRGB color gamut, at least purchase one with 60-65% sRGB color gamut.
A HD (1366 x 768) screen is not adequate.
For blogging, Full HD (1920 x 1080) screen is appropriate for viewing crisp images.
There is no need to opt for a 4K (3840 x 2160) screen because it drains your laptop battery quickly.
A laptop screen should be suitably bright.
The brightness of a laptop screen is usually measured in nits.
If you plan to blog indoors, brightness between 250-300 nits is sufficient.
But if you plan to blog outdoors, the brightness should be more than 300 nits.
As a blogger, you will blog from different locations and so, you will tilt (flip) your screen to various degrees for your comfort.
When you do this, the colours of your screen should not shift (change) or fade.
In a nutshell, the viewing angles of your laptop screen should be great.
You can check this by visiting a physical laptop store and tilting the laptop’s screen or research about this online.
If you purchase a laptop which exhibits colour shifting, the screen appears good only from a certain angle and if you view it even from a slightly different angle, the colours may appear washed out.
This issue is common in budget laptops.
Always purchase a laptop which exhibits very little to no colour shifting.
Matte vs glossy display-
If you blog outdoors having a matte display helps as it prevents reflections.
With a matte screen, you can even blog in sunlight.
Whereas, if you blog indoors, you can have a glossy display.
A processor (CPU) is the heart of your laptop.
So, always try to purchase a good and latest generation processor.
In 2020, for blogging, the Intel’s 10th and 11th generation Core i5 processors and AMD Ryzen 4000 series processors are good enough.
For heavier tasks like gaming and video editing, you should buy a laptop with either Intel’s Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7.
For blogging you can buy a laptop with integrated graphics but for video editing having a dedicated graphics card helps.
As a blogger you will be doing a lot of research by using the popular Google Chrome browser.
Do you know that Google Chrome uses a lot of system RAM?
And opening multiple apps also consumes a lot of Random access memory (RAM).
When you purchase a laptop with low RAM, your system freezes and you need to be constantly closing apps in order to free up RAM.
So, the best thing will be to choose a laptop with sufficient RAM.
For blogging, 8GB RAM is sufficient.
If you are planning to do heavy tasks like video editing, go for 16GB RAM.
At present, if you don’t have enough cash to purchase a laptop with 16GB RAM, purchase a laptop with only 8GB RAM but make sure that your laptop has an option to upgrade RAM.
Also, make sure to purchase a laptop with either DDR5 SDRAM (might be released in 2021) or DDR4 SDRAM rather than one with DDR3 SDRAM.
You should definitely have a solid-state drive (SSD) in your laptop.
Compared to a hard disk drive (HDD), it is much faster with good read write speeds.
As a blogger, you will already be time-starved, so having SSD will make your laptop way faster, so that you can quickly get into the work.
With a SSD your laptop will boot up in seconds and all your applications launch instantly.
Opt for the much faster PCIe NVMe SSDs over SATA SSDs.
A HDD has more probability of failing because it contains moving parts but this is not the case with a SSD.
Also, SSDs are more power efficient, produce less heat and compact than the HDDs.
But the problem with SSDs is that they are pricier than HDDs.
So, you will usually see lesser capacity SSDs in mid-range laptops.
If you want more storage space, you can opt for a laptop with both SSD and HDD, in this case make sure that the operating system (OS) is installed on the SSD.
For example, HP Laptop 14s has both 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD.
If you purchase a laptop with only a low capacity SSD, you can use an external hard drive or cloud storage.
Or if your laptop has only a HDD, you can replace it with an SSD.
As a blogger, you need to select a laptop with good battery capacity.
You might not always be near a power plug while traveling or hanging out, in these cases having a laptop with a good battery backup allows you to work without any worries.
Generally, the laptop batteries are measured in watt-hour (Wh).
Laptops with battery capacities of over 50 watt-hour are good enough.
Choose a laptop which is made out of sturdy materials.
A laptop with a metal chassis is sturdier than that of a plastic one.
But not all plastic laptops are frail.
For example, even laptops made of carbon fibre contain plastic but they are not fragile.
If you are buying a laptop made of plastic, make sure that the plastic is of good quality, otherwise the laptop might creak when you type on its keyboard.
A laptop which flexes even with slight pressure might not last long.
Your blogging lifestyle allows you to blog from anywhere.
So, you can travel and blog on the go.
This poses a risk of accidentally dropping your laptop.
If you accidentally drop your laptop which has poor build quality, it might break or its ports might become shaky and even stop working.
Always purchase a laptop with a strong hinge.
If you purchase a laptop with a weak hinge, the screen of your laptop might wobble when you type and this is not a good experience.
The hinge should be strong enough that it can hold your laptop screen from wobbling and withstand the wear and tear that occurs when you open and close the lid of your laptop.
Form factor and weight-
As laptops are portable devices, you need to consider their form factor and weight before purchasing.
If you plan to travel a lot, choose a 11 to 12 inches lightweight slim laptop (ultrabook).
If you feel that 11 to 12 inches laptops have very small screen sizes, you can opt for a 13 to 14 inches lightweight slim laptop (ultrabook).
Choosing a laptop with thin bezels ensures that you get large screen estate in a relatively small form factor.
Ultrabooks are best for travel bloggers.
If you don’t travel a lot, you can purchase a 15 to 16 inches or 17 to 18 inches laptop.
Usually, ultrabooks weigh less than regular laptops.
Nowadays, it is not uncommon to see laptops weighing below one kg (2.20 pounds) like 14-inch LG Gram, 14-inch Acer Swift 5, etc.
Fan noise is common while performing heavy tasks like gaming, video editing, etc.
The fan of your laptop should not make noise while doing light tasks like working on a word processor, spreadsheets, emails, etc.
A high fan noise is very disturbing and when your fan is continuously running at high speed, it will also drain your battery quickly.
When you purchase a laptop with poor thermals and without proper calibration, you might face the issue of high fan noise.
If you plan to handwrite blog posts on your laptop, you should purchase a laptop which supports stylus input.
You can convert these handwritten words to text and then publish them on your blog.
Chromebooks for blogging-
Yes, you can blog from a Chromebook.
Compared to the budget Windows laptops, Chromebooks are lightweight and swift but they usually fall short in storage space and offline usability.
Chromebooks are based on the lightweight Chrome OS.
All the blogging related tasks can be performed on a Chromebook.
You can perform research using Google Chrome browser, type your article on Google Docs and later publish this blog post on your content management system (CMS).
You can also install Android apps on these devices.
Compared to a typical laptop, Chromebooks are more affordable and have great battery life.
List of best laptops for blogging-
Some of the good laptops which you can purchase in 2020 are listed below.
The laptops are arranged in an ascending order based on their price.
You should note that even though the budget laptops can get the job done, they don’t have the ideal specifications.
- Lenovo Ideapad 330
- Honor MagicBook 15
- Acer Aspire 5
- Asus VivoBook 14
- Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition
- Asus VivoBook S14
- Acer Aspire 7 Gaming
- Asus VivoBook Gaming
- Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5
- Acer Swift 5
- ROG Zephyrus G14
- MacBook Air
- Dell XPS 13
- Dell XPS 15
- MacBook Pro.
Choose the right one-
A right laptop will last for years and make your life easier.
You should thoroughly research the laptops available in the market by using this guide and choose the best ones in your budget.
If you don’t have the budget to purchase a brand new laptop, you can purchase a refurbished laptop.
I hope that this guide helped you to purchase a good laptop for blogging.
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