Gone are the days when you have to carry around notebooks and pencils or even typewriters if you are an aspiring or well known author! Today’s laptops are easy to carry around and they offer everything a writer could need. But you still have to make a wise choice when buying a laptop for writing, as there are some key elements that must be taken into account – and we’ll talk about them all here in this article, as well as offer you suggestions regarding the best laptops for writers.
When it comes to the best laptops for authors, one of the most important things to consider is the keyboard. It has to feel right, the keys don’t have to be too close to each other and the material of the keys themselves should be soft and easy to press since you’ll be interacting with the keyboard a lot. A good laptop for writers is also light since you’ll want to carry it around with you, has a good display, solid battery life and is fast so that you don’t lose your inspiration waiting for the documents to be saved or a webpage to be opened.
With these in mind (and not just that), we’ve started testing and checking out tens of laptop computers and came here to answer the question “what is the best laptop for writers?” And we have multiple options too, so let’s not waste a single second and let’s check out below the best laptops for writers / authors!
ASUS ZenBook UX305UA
Many writers would prefer a laptop with a smaller screen because it’s extra portable, but the truth is that writing on a small laptop like the Asus ZenBook won’t be too comfortable. Even so, this 13.3-Inch Laptop has a keyboard that’s optimized for writing – the numpad has been completely removed to give the QWERTY keyboard maximum space, there’s a rubberized arm rest, so it can’t really get any better! Even though small, the display is a strong point of this model and anybody writing on it will appreciate the clear, perfect colors and great contrast and anti-glare capabilities. It also has a really good viewing angle of 170 degrees that helps if you bring and editor to look at the text too.
In terms of performance, this small laptop packs a real punch! It is powered by the 6th Generation Intel Core i5 processor which can handle word operating programs, internet browsers and even more advanced tasks with ease. It also has 8GB of RAM, which is definitely more than enough for writing, and offers 256GB of SSD storage (the Solid State Drive being faster than the traditional HDD). It’s ultra thin at half an inch and very light (right under 3 pounds), it has 4 USB ports, an audio jack and micro HDMI port, meaning that you can easily connect it to a larger monitor or TV. It has an SD card slot so you can quickly and easily back-up your data, but have in mind that it doesn’t have an optical drive. It offers up to 10 hours of running time on a single charge, so it’s extremely good – probably the best 13.3 inch laptop for writing you can find if we consider the price-performance ratio.
This is our budget entry but, despite its low price, it still has some great specifications and delivers good performance. It also marks our entry into 15.6-inch territory laptops – a display size I consider optimal for writers looking for a laptop (a 17-inch would indeed be good, but these tend to be more expensive and way heavier, so not really useful). But back to the HP 15-ay013nr, we’re talking about a laptop powered by the 6th Generation Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a fast 128GB SSD. As a bonus, the model we found also comes with an 128GB USB Flash Drive which allows you to easily back-up your documents – and that’s something you should always do!
It has a full HD display – so the resolution is great and the image quality is good as well, while the keyboard is your regular laptop keyboard, meaning that you can still normally do a good job with it. The touchpad is a little stiff, meaning that sometimes you will have to press harder in order for it to “feel” your finger, but that’s also a good thing if you’re a writer because the risk of accidentally activating the touchpad with your thumb and selecting/deleting text is lower. And we all probably know how frustrating that is!
It has good battery life, lasting about 7.5 hours on regular use, but it’s also the heaviest on our list at 4.7 pounds, but not heavy enough to break or back or really be uncomfortable. All in all, the HP 15-ay013nr is not a model to stand out by any means, but not one to have many complaints about either. It is a decent laptop for authors, one that will certainly not break the bank.
Lenovo Yoga 15.6″ 2-in-1
If you want a few extra features from your laptop and a bit of extra bling, this is the model you should choose! This is a 2-in-1 computer, meaning that you can flip its screen 360 degrees and turn it into a (very large) tablet. This means that it also has a touch screen, which is a bonus, but doesn’t matter too much if you plan to use it mostly for writing. However, if you won’t use it exclusively for your books, then all these extra features are welcome!
In terms of performance, it’s on par with the other models listed here: it’s powered by the Intel Core i5-6200U Processor, 8GB of RAM and offers 256GB of SSD storage (which, as I said, it’s faster than traditional HDDs). It is 0.7 inch thin and weights just 4.19 lbs, which is really good in my opinion! It only has 2 USB 3.0 slots, but also comes with a card reader and HDMI port.
The keyboard is really nice on this model as it is wide and the keys feel good when you touch them. It has no numeric pad on the side, but that was probably needed in order to offer the great keyboard and I have no reasons to complain about it! The display itself offers Full HD resolution, meaning that your text will look great on the screen – just like anything else you’ll look at on the Lenovo Yoga portable computer. Its battery life is also really good at around 8 hours of continuous usage on a single charge.
Apple Macbook Pro
I know I said I’ll only be sharing with you laptops that won’t break the bank, but you can’t have an article about the best laptops for writing and not feature a Macbook! It’s true, they are extremely expensive, but if you have the budget to spend on one, you’ll quickly learn why everybody – especially authors – loves them so much. They are fast, reliable, they have an amazing display (the Retina display is probably the best in the world at the moment) and the keyboard is perfect for writing. You spend a lot of money, but you get a lot in return!
In terms of specifications and performance, we have no complaints: the Macbook Pro runs on an amazing quad-core, Intel Core i7 processor and is powered by 16GB of RAM. It also comes with 256GB of storage space and is, overall, extremely fast. It’s also very light and thin and has great battery life (around 9 hours under average use). Add to that a HDMI port and 2 USB ports and you have a well-rounded product that you will surely love!
So these would be our recommended products! I am sure that no matter which one you pick, you will be extremely satisfied with our recommendation and, with a brand new laptop that will work so nice and, most importantly, will allow you to work flawlessly thanks to great keyboards and displays, you will be more productive and maybe even more inspired as you won’t be stressed by the poor quality of the laptop!