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A laptop for on the go: what should I keep in mind?

You're looking for a laptop on the go. And that's why you prefer a laptop that is not too big and too heavy. But what's too big and too heavy? To help you make your choice, we will list what to look out for.

In short

A laptop for on the go needs to meet the following requirements:

  • A weight of up to 1.5kg
  • A size of up to 14 inches

In addition, there are two extra features to keep in mind:

  • A battery life of at least 8 hours, so you don't have to charge the laptop during your workday.
  • A laptop with a foldable or detachable screen, to use it as a tablet on the go.

A laptop that's not too heavy

A girl with a hat uses an Asus laptop and drinks coffee

The first thing you look at when buying a laptop for on the go, is the weight. Of course, you don't want to lug it around when you're on your bike or walking. But what is a light laptop? To transport your laptop comfortably, we recommend a laptop up to and including 1.5kg. You hardly feel that it's in your bag, and it's not too heavy on your lap. You can deviate by a few grams. A 1.53 kg laptop is still easy to carry.

A compact laptop

Girl is typing on laptop. A telephone is on the table.

When you're on the go, you don't just want a light laptop, but also a small and thin one. Your laptop must fit into your bag if you take it with you, and you won't enjoy a heavy laptop in your lap. Laptops with a 10, 11, or 12-inch screen fit in most bags and are often light enough. There are also laptops that are 13 inches or 14 inches, which don't weigh too much. Do you want a larger screen? Go for a 15-inch laptop, which is the maximum size for on the go, according to us.

A long battery life

Man is standing on the beach with laptop

In addition to the requirements for weight and size, it's useful to pay attention to the battery life of a laptop. If you often spend a day traveling for work, you don't want to be look for a power outlet to charge your laptop everywhere you go. Choose a laptop with a battery life of at least 8 hours. You won't have to worry about whether you brought the charger.

A 2-in-1 laptop

Man uses touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop in tablet mode

Another option is not to look at weight and size, but at the type of laptop. A 2-in-1 with a 360-degree foldable or detachable screen is very useful when you're on the go. You can turn the laptop into a tablet and use it on your lap while swiping through your apps. A 2-in-1 isn't very heavy or big usually, but when you disconnect the screen, it's even lighter and more compact. You can just leave the keyboard in your bag.

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