Tags – How to choose a laptop for blogging
Having a suitable laptop for blogging is so important, considering all of the work is done on a computer.
So first things first: think about buying a laptop as an investment, not just a cost. It’s worth buying one that will last you for years to come and pay for itself later down the line.
Yes, there are heaps of desktops available, but I believe a laptop is the more practical option as they can go anywhere with you – which means you can blog on the go. Plus, most of these laptops are more cost-effective than the fancy monitors that stay in one place.
Saying all that, here are 5 things to consider when buying a laptop for blogging.
1. Size and Weight
Typically, people buy laptops because they’re portable which means you can work from anywhere across the globe.
Therefore, a big consideration to keep in mind when buying a laptop for blogging is its size and weight, as this will affect how easy it is to carry around with you.
First of all, size is important because I’m pretty sure no one wants to carry around a huge, bulky laptop that doesn’t fit into any of your bags.
Similarly, you won’t want to carry around a laptop that is way too heavy either.
Instead, consider buying a laptop that is light, compact and easy to take with you so all you need to do is throw it in your bag and go (not literally!).
When it comes to blogging for business, there’s going to be a time where you’ve written hundreds, if not thousands of blogs.
Now think about all the images attached to these, or all the research you’ve downloaded to collect your thoughts and opinions, or even the many drafts of an article before a final edit – eventually you’re going to run out of space. Every marketer’s worst nightmare!
I don’t know about you, but when I see the “storage nearly full” sign pop up on any of my devices, my default reaction is panic.
However, if you choose a laptop that has adequate storage space, that’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about.
Of course, there is a huge shift towards cloud-based storage, but if you don’t want to rely on the internet when you’re writing content, you will benefit from high storage and means you have everything you need at your fingertips, at all times.
3. Battery Life
I’m sure we can all appreciate an electronic device with a long battery life.
Of course the laptop will come with a charger, but you don’t always want to be connected to the wall and limited to moving around.
As such, having a long battery life will feel like a godsend as you’ll be able to work and blog away, for hours on end, without any disruptions (but always remember to take regular breaks).
So you can be rest assured, knowing that you can write, publish, edit, use social media, browse the internet and so much more without fearing your laptop’s going to die.
To put it differently, having a long battery life will go a long way as you can get more done with less hassle.
Plus, it means you are able to move around freely and work comfortably from a local coffee shop, on a train, in between meetings or even from bed without having to plug it in.
You will no doubt want your blogging laptop to perform well.
Whilst you don’t necessarily need something fancy, you still want one that will suit your needs and avoid buying a laptop that lags when you type.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to get too technical here. But what you should know is a laptop with a strong processor, fast CPU and high RAM is exactly what you need; as long as they’re covered, the type of laptop you buy will be fit for blogging.
Firstly, a strong processor is important as it ensures you’re able to run multiple programs or softwares without it dying.
Secondly, a fast CPU means you will be able to complete tasks effortlessly and seamlessly, such as writing on WordPress, editing photos, or fine-tuning sound for a video or podcast.
Lastly, a high RAM will ensure your laptop has enough space to store working data from any task you do.
Unsurprisingly, laptops can be pretty expensive.
With technology constantly evolving, new models are always emerging that boast a range of innovative features and components to justify a high price tag.
Ranging from £400 – £2500+, as with anything in life, you get what you pay for. In other words, if you drop a few hundred pounds to buy an inexpensive laptop, you may be unimpressed with its functionality.
Typically, the more expensive a laptop is, the more storage it will have, the better processors and other top notch elements that make the cost worthwhile.
If you’re new to blogging, it may be a better idea to settle with a cheaper model, especially if you’ll be carrying it around and blog on-the-go.
But, if you’re looking for a laptop that will serve you for other business functions too, such as video production, you will need to spend extra for more powerful processors.
All in all, you have to spend money to make money, so buying a laptop for blogging should always be seen as a business investment.
Ultimately, the laptop you choose will depend on what you need from it.
The things to consider is whether or not you prefer cloud-based storage and if not, you will need a laptop that has enough space. You also want to consider your business’s marketing department’s budget and buy a laptop accordingly, as well as thinking about where you will be editing from which will affect how long you want the battery to last for.
Hopefully now you will have a clearer idea of what you need to consider before blindly buying a blogging laptop and potentially making the wrong decision!
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