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Freelance Writing: Travel-friendly computers

Having a tough time finding the right computer for you? All of the available models and prices can be a jungle to sort through, so we did it for you! We’ve put together a report of the top three models for work/travel efficiency. Thank us later, on your way to Florida 🙂

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As with any job, there are certain supplies you need to get started. The first thing you’ll need to kick off your new venture is a smooth-running computer and strong Wi-Fi. The search for the best functioning and most efficient computer can be a scavenger hunt. However, with some research, I have pulled together the three best possible fits.

According to my searches and talking with the company, Lenovo seems like it has the very best efficiency and quality for the price. At $850, the Ideapad S540 15” offers 8th Gen Intel Core with Windows 10, 12GB RAM with speeds of 2400Mz, and 256GB of hard drive space, and having 802.11 AC wireless connectivity. What this means, is that this computer offers phenomenal working space and storage at a very nice speed and the network connectivity is also great. The battery lasts about 12 hours, taking just under 1½ hours to achieve a full charge. This computer is just under 4.5lbs. Also, Lenovo’s online chat service was the most efficient, friendly, and thorough; if the Ideapad is not your fit, they are sure to find you the right one for you.

 Coming in second place, the Dell Vostro 5581 Laptop also has 8th gen Intel Core and windows 10, but has more RAM space with 16GB (you can get more ram space at a higher price). It has 2,666 MHz of speed, and 512GB of hard drive space. Weighing in at 4.1lbs and having 802.11 AC, this computer prices at $1,099. This computer is incredibly fast and has a fantastic amount of RAM and storage (unless you are editing photos/videos, the RAM does not need to be more than 8 or 12, though).

Finally, Windows served up a great, lightweight fit: the Surface Laptop 2, which had nice features, including Windows 10, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of hard drive storage. Has a battery life of 14½ hours, has 8th Gen Intel- costing $1,300. It is easy to carry at 2.8lbs and measuring only 13.5”. This computer is most conveniently sized, has sufficient RAM and great storage. The battery life on this one is amazing.

Any of these would be a great start for freelance writing. For working with blog posts and other writing jobs, 8GB RAM is plenty. Though, hard drive storage depends on your preference, how many projects you decide to take on, and whether you store everything on your computer or on an external hard drive. I find the smaller more lightweight computers to be easier for traveling. The wireless network connectivity can be important when you travel a lot; However, if you plan on staying home and using your close-by home WiFi, it would not be a big deal to have lesser connectivity range.

Thanks for Poppin by and I can’t wait to see you on Friday to share with you how to get a freelancing gig. And may the WiFi be with you.


By Loveless

Author of "Kanda Land", "The Universe Inside Her II: a book of unsorted poetic letters", and transcriber of "The 'Eternal I'" by Amalei Hemworth.

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