When you’re a digital nomad travelling the world but want to work at the same time, you need a travel friendly laptop that doesn’t weigh you down, doesn’t take up too much space in your backpack, and has the features you need to do work (running productivity and communication tools smoothly) as well as skyping your clients and family, so an integrated webcam might be also important.
You’ll also need a laptop with decent battery life in case you can’t find a socket to plug into, and of course a powerful but still affordable option.
So, what are the best traveling laptops for digital nomads?
If your budget won’t stretch to the ultra-sleek MacBook and/or would prefer to keep using a different operating system than the Mac one, here are some other remote work friendly laptops you can easily take and rely on your digital nomad travels with you:
1. ASUS C202
Priced at around 225$, the ASUS C202 is popular laptop with travellers thanks to its compact size and fantastic battery life of up to ten hours – perfect for when you’re working in the wilderness or in a cafe that doesn’t have an available power socket.
It’s shock proof, so it can take a fall without much problem, and the spill-proof keyboard is great for working by the pool or on the beach (the anti-glare screen is great for working outdoors, too). Not only that, but because it’s a Chromebook laptop, everything is backed up. That means that if it’s stolen, you can still access all your work and other stuff when you buy a new one.
The downside is that this laptop has limited functionality – though it has a webcam, it’s really a glorified browser. It’s fine if you’re just working in Google Docs, but the 16GB hard drive is rather limited. It’s enough space for storing documents, but you might find yourself running out of room if you store too many photos or downloaded movies on it (an external hard drive would easily solve this problem, or cloud storage if you have a reliable WiFi connection).
2. Acer Chromebook 14
The Acer Chromebook is a durable laptop choice for digital nomads with an impressive 12-hour battery life, making it a great choice for nomads. With its thin aluminium design, it looks like a MacBook, but at around $270 it’s a fraction of the cost.
Its built-in HDR webcam and enhanced wireless speeds makes it perfect for video calls, while 32GB of storage gives you plenty of space without having to rely on an external hard drive. An anti-glare screen means you can use it outside, as well as reducing eye strain.
3. Microsoft Surface Book
You can pay thousands for a Microsoft Surface Book, but the cheapest model, while still pricier than other laptops on this list at around $550, makes a great choice for digital nomads who might not have that much money to spend yet. It’s a tablet and laptop rolled into one, making it incredibly versatile; you can use it as a standalone tablet or with the full traditional keyboard.
It has front and rear-facing cameras that make it perfect for HD Skype calls, and with a whopping 13.5 hours of battery life, you won’t run out of juice mid-call.
4. Lenovo Ideapad
For a cheap, basic travel friendly laptop, you can’t do much better than the Lenovo Ideapad. It’s perfect for work that doesn’t require too much processing power, such as copywriting. It’s very lightweight and has a battery life of eight hours, meaning you should get a day’s work out of it without needing to plug it in.
64GB provides ample storage for photos, movies and work documents, and there’s a built-in camera for Skype calls. Available for around $160, it’s not going to be too much of an upset if it gets stolen or damaged while you’re out and about.
If you’re looking to buy a digital nomad friendly laptop, you’re then likely looking for more remote work related gear! Take a look at some of our other posts for recommended kit to take with you, including noise-cancelling headphones, mobile hotspots and backpacks for digital nomads.