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Best Laptop for Writers of All Types and Personalities (2020)

Best Laptop for Writers of All Types and Personalities (2020) 1

Best Laptop for Writers of All Types and Personalities (2020)

With so many laptops on the market, it can be incredibly difficult to pick one that best suits your needs. They all either have Intel or AMD processors. They all have a keyboard and touchpad. They all have screens and speakers. You get the idea.

For writers, it is especially important to choose the best laptop because, for you, a laptop is an investment, not just a device to play games or watch YouTube videos on. Therefore, the best laptop for writers must be the one that allows you to go the extra mile without any limitations to slow you down.

What’s the point of having a great screen if your laptop chokes after opening several tabs on Chrome? What’s the point of having a fantastic keyboard if the battery can’t last long enough? In this guide, we try to help writers (professional or otherwise) choose the best laptop that best suits their needs. We couldn’t just choose one, so we’ve divided our selections into 7 different laptop categories:

This guide will be updated yearly.

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Ultrabook: HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3

HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3

Technically, this is a business laptop. It also just happens to be an ultrabook as well. Therefore, it’s a business ultrabook! It’s also a 2-in-1. This just might be the one for you if your interested in all 3 categories.

The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3, in all seriousness, is a fantastic laptop. It has a beautiful screen (1080p or 4k), it has great speakers, it has a lot of ports, but lacks an SD card slot, unfortunately.

Its keyboard is fantastic with great travel and a good, click-ish feel. It has a dedicated mute microphone key and even has keys dedicated for answering and ending Skype conversations. All important for the everyday, business writer whose full time job is all work and no play – and work it does. According to battery tests, this laptop can run for at least 15 hours. Plenty for those looking to have a proper writing session with the occasional writer’s block.

It’s also light, yet strong as it has passed its MIL-STD tests with flying colors for toughness.

PC Mag gave it their Editors Choice award. You can check out their review of the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 here.


Business: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen)

There’s a lot to love about this laptop. It’s got a great design, a HDR display, very long battery life, light in weight (2.49Ibs), and has a keyboard that is very comfortable to use and ahead of its class. What’s not so great are the speakers, which sound tiny, and the webcam, which in this day and age, is kind of inexcusable.

But as a writer who only cares about his business and craft, the two flaws mentioned above shouldn’t be of any concern to you. You need a keyboard that will comfortably allow you to type on it for hours without any strain on your wrists. You need that fantastic HDR display that is plenty bright in order to prevent eye-strain that typically happens when we (yes, I’m a writer too) look and read text on a screen for too long. If you truly needed good audio, you should probably be wearing headphones anyway. That battery life is rated for about roughly 11 hours and can charge from 0 to 80 in an hour.

Avram Piltch from Laptop Mag summed it up best,

“The ThinkPad X1 Carbon offers the best combination of productivity, portability and performance of any business laptop.”

To read his review on this laptop, click here.


Gaming: MSI GT75 Titan (2019)

MSI GT75 Titan (2019)

This laptop is a beast. It is huge but that’s what you get if you want a very powerful laptop. With an Intel Core i9 processor under the hood along with Nvidia RTX graphics, your gaming sessions will be as productive as your writing sessions.

The screen? 4k. The speakers? Perfect. The graphics? Powerful. The keyboard? Mechanical (and that’s a good thing for writers). This is the perfect laptop for those who need to get work done while occasionally making time for some fun. Of course you won’t be putting this monster of a laptop on your lap, but gamers already know that.

For writing, it’s a no-brainer. That mechanical keyboard is a joy for anyone’s fingers. However, you might want to check the specs to see if it fits your gaming lifestyle. Here’s the review.


2-in-1: HP Spectre x360 (13-inch 2019)

HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019)

Being a writer doesn’t mean that you have to settle for a lame, boring design. This laptop is all about luxury looks and style. Its looks aren’t shallow either. It boosts a battery life of at least 12 hours; is very thin and lightweight; the keyboard is fantastic (notice the trend between all these laptops so far?); the speakers are powerful, and the screen is HD at 1080p.

If you don’t like bloat, then too bad. This laptop has a ton of bloatware. However, you can easily remove them; it’s just annoying to deal with.

This laptop is perfect for those who don’t want to sacrifice on the looks department while also flipping the screen for an awesome video viewing experience.

Check out the review here.


Chromebook: Asus Chromebook Flip C434

Asus Chromebook Flip C434

I’m just going to say it, I’m honestly not a fan of chromebooks. However, that’s not going to stop me from giving you an honest and unbiased opinion about it.

The laptop is sleek with thin bezels around the screen (which is a 1080p, 14-inch touch screen). It has a battery life of almost 10 hours and the design is premium for a chromebook. It’s a bit costly for my tastes though.

For those who live and die by chromebooks, this is the perfect laptop for you. It’s a 2-in-1 as well so when you’re done working, you can sit back and watch high-quality movies or videos thanks to its good screen.

Click here to read the review.


Budget: Asus VivoBook E403NA

Asus VivoBook E403NA

You may not expect much out of a budget laptop, but this one is different. Not only is it lightweight, but it also sports a crisp 1080p display and actually performs decently well according to the folks at Laptop Mag. Their review for this laptop is here.

Of course, as with all budget laptops, there are bond to be compromises somewhere. It’s touchpad isn’t that great and the webcam is simply terrible. At least the battery life is ok at about 8 hours.The design is also ok with aluminum on the lid and plastic everywhere else.

If you’re just starting your writing career, this laptop should be enough to get you going.


Big-Screen: Alienware Area-51m

Alienware Area-51m

Yes, it’s another gaming laptop but it’s the best laptop with a 17-inch screen. Not only that, but all major components are upgradable. Meaning, it’ll be a long time before you can call this laptop obsolete. Another great thing going for this laptop is the traditional, TactX keyboard which makes typing on this thing a joy and perfect for writers.

Alienware claims that by making this laptop, they have created a desktop replacement. Laptop Mag seems to agree. Here is the link to their review.


My personal laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad x240

Lenovo ThinkPad x240

It may be old (2014), but the keyboard is what prevented me from upgrading. I just have no need to. I don’t play any games and this laptop is plenty capable of editing images when I need to fire up Photoshop. The screen is not really HD and I never really used the webcam to tell you how good it is. But what I can say is that for those who just want to focus on writing, or any other career that depends on typing a lot, you can’t go wrong with the Lenovo ThinkPad x240.

They sell these renewed on Amazon at a good price as well. It’s seriously worth checking out.


When it comes to writing extensively, it is important to ensure that you have proper posture. Many of us fail to understand how bad our posture is until it’s too late. This is why I always recommend getting a monitor along with your laptop. This is because if most of your time will be spent on a desk, you need to take care of yourself and ensure you won’t suffer from any complications.

That being said, I recommend these two monitors:

Samsung 23.6-Inch LED Monitor (S24D300HL)

BenQ GL2760H 27″ LED LCD Monitor

Not only are they big in screen size but you can even make them as a second screen if you need to view more programs or tabs at the same time. You really can’t go wrong with any of them and your neck will thank you in the long run.

Featured Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

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