Best Laptops for Writers, Bloggers, & Journalists 2020

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Finding a great laptop, let alone one built for writers, is challenging. There are a lot of great laptops out there and a lot of terrible ones. Some have really uncomfortable keyboards, some are sluggish, and others just have short battery life. To help you find a new writing laptop, we compiled a list of the best laptops for writers so you can be sure to buy one that is well-equipped to handle your next blog post or novel. Read on to learn which ones we recommend.

Best Laptops for Writers 2020

LaptopProcessor | RAM | StoragePrice
1. Lenovo IdeaPad S145AMD | 8GB | 1TB$329.00
2. Google PixelbookIntel® 8th Gen | 8GB | 64GB SSD$499.99
3. MacBook AirIntel® i5 | 8GB | 128GB SSDPrice not available
4. HP Spectre ×360Intel® i7 | 8GB | 256 SSDPrice not available
5. Asus Chromebook FlipIntel Core M5 | 4GB | 64B SSD$429.99
6. MacBook ProIntel® i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD$1,139.05
7. Surface Laptop 2Intel® i5 | 8GB | 128GB SSD$599.00
8. ASUS ZenBookIntel® i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD$899.66
9. Dell InspironIntel® i5 | 8GB | 1TB$579.00
10. Surface Pro 7Intel® i5 | 8GB | 128GB SSD$899.99

What makes a great laptop for writers?

A great laptop for writing has several main features including battery life, storage, type of keyboard, and more. Below are our recommendations for great laptop features if your primary purpose for using the laptop is writing.

Recommended laptop features for writers

Storage: These days, at least 250GB is ideal. If you travel a lot, you may want to look into an SSD drive upgrade.

Battery Life: Most laptops these days have plenty of battery life, but we recommend looking for one with at least 4 hours of battery life unless you plan to be tethered to a desk all day.

Keyboard: The most important factor for a keyboard is comfort. It’s hard to find laptops with comfortable keyboards, but you can always buy a lightweight wireless keyboard. “Bounce” and loudness of keyboard keys (the “clickety” sound) is personal preference so we cannot make any recommendations here. We highly recommend getting a backlit keyboard so you can write in low light.

Weight: Choose something lightweight (less than 4lbs) if you will carry it often.

Touchscreen/Writing Tablet: This is an optional feature, but you may want to get a touchscreen or writing pad if you plan to take a lot of handwritten notes.

RAM: Buy at least 4GB, but more than 8GB is preferred.

Software: Buy Windows or Mac OSX and your preferred word processor.

Processor: You should get an Intel i5 or better these days.

Graphics: Getting a discrete is recommended, but not necessary.

Don’t forget to buy a new laptop bag and accessories for your new laptop!

Best Laptops for Writers

1. Lenovo IdeaPad S145

The Lenovo Ideapad received a major upgrade this year with the S145 model. The laptop now features 8GB of blazing-fast DDR4 Ram, a terabyte of storage, and a very comfortable keyboard.

Lenovo is known for making quality, lightweight laptops. The Ideapad has always been one of their most value-driven laptops available making it perfect for the budget-conscious writer.

It comes with a 3.0GHz AMD Quad Core processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and 4 hours of battery life.

Even with all of these features, the Ideapad weighs a mere 4.08lbs and is only 0.8 inches thick, so your backpack won’t be weighed down by this laptop.

2. Google Pixelbook Go

The Google Pixelbook Go could be one of the best investments you make. It has an extra long battery life (12 hours), a backlit keyboard with Hush keys for quiet typing, and weighs just over 2lbs.

The Google Pixelbook Go packs a 13.3 inch full-HD touchscreen, an 8th Gen Intel processor (M3, i5, or i7) and 8 or 16GB of RAM depending on the configuration you choose. The backlit keyboard with Hush Keys means you can write day or night without slowing down or waking anyone up. The laptop also has no fan so you won’t have to worry about it being noisy when the processor gets busy.

The only downside to this laptop is that it runs on Chrome OS so you need to be comfortable using Google Docs and other Google products for your content creation.

3. MacBook Air

The MacBook Air is the most portable laptop on this list. While it is one of the more expensive laptops, it weighs only 2.95 lbs, making it the lightest laptop on this list and a great choice for writers on-the-go. It has everything a writer needs and the Mac OS makes it extremely simple to use.

The MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch display, 8GB RAM, a 128GB SSD, and up to 12 hours of battery life. The MacBook Air doesn’t have a retina display so as to limit the amount of extra weight added from a bigger battery and graphics processor.

We recommend the MacBook Air if you want a lightweight laptop that features the Mac operating system. The asking price of ~$900 may be off-putting, but if you love the Apple ecosystem, this is the laptop for you.

4. HP Spectre ×360

While the exterior casing might be the first thing you notice about the HP Spectre, the insides are amazing as well. HP’s 2-in-1 flagship laptop got a major (and really needed) refresh this year offering superior power and capabilities to make it one of the best writing laptops out there.

First and foremost, the keyboard is extremely comfortable. It will let you write for hours without fatigue. Second, the Intel 10th generation processor will make sure you have plenty of computing power to handle any writing or content creation application.

The battery life did declined slightly this year, but the laptop should still last over 12 hours.

5. Asus Chromebook Flip

While it may not pack the same power as the other laptops on this list, the 2-in-1 ASUS Chromebook doesn’t need to since it makes up for it in portability. It has a 12.5-inch screen touchscreen that converts to a writing tablet,  4GB of RAM, and an Intel M5 processor.

It only has 64GB of flash storage which is plenty since you can store everything else in the cloud. The tablet runs on Chrome OS so like the Pixelbook you will need to be ok with using Google Docs.

The battery lasts for up to 10 hours which should give you plenty of time to write off-grid.

6. MacBook Pro

macbook pro - best laptops for writingWhile the older models of the MacBook Pro were bulkier, the new MacBook feel slimmer and is much more powerful than the previous model. The return of the magic keyboard, which has been completely redone and returns to the old butterfly-style keys, makes writing one MacBook once again an enjoyable experience.

The MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Retina Display, 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD, and up to 12 hours of battery life. It is also one of the lightest laptops on this list. It has a backlit keyboard for writing in low light and a spacious palm rest.

We recommend the MacBook Pro if you prefer the Mac OSX operating system environment or prefer a really great screen resolution. The asking price may be off-putting, but if you love the Apple ecosystem, this is the laptop for you.

7. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 laptop is a consistent favorite amongst our readers. It’s stylish, lightweight, and features an amazing keyboard.

This laptop features a 13.5-inch touchscreen, an Intel i5 processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 128GB solid-state hard drive. It also only weighs 2.8 lbs so it won’t weigh down your backpack. Add to that 14.5 hours of battery life and you have a great laptop for writing.

8. ASUS ZenBook

One of the higher-priced laptops on this list, the ASUS Zenbook laptop that comes in two models: a regular laptop and a 2-in-1 (the Zenbook Flip).

This laptop version features a 13.3-inch multi-touch (yes, you can tap it!) screen, an Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. It even has a backlit keyboard and it is the lightest laptop on this list. Obviously, the main differentiator between this laptop and the others on this list is the touchscreen. This is a huge benefit for writers who want to archive their work immediately in real-time on their laptops.

If you’re looking for a laptop on which you can handwrite notes, this is the laptop for you!

9. Dell Inspiron

Another great laptop, the Dell Inspiron has everything you’d expect from a great laptop for writers at a reasonable price.

An i5 Intel processor, 8GB RAM, 14 inch display, a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, and Windows 10 operating system. This touchscreen is cheaper than the Asus ZenBook which makes it a great buy if you are looking for a touchscreen. The wide palm area is ideal for writers.

10. Microsoft Surface Book Pro 7

Microsoft really knocked it out of the park when the developed the Surface Book. It is a beautiful laptop that is perfect  for writers who love touchscreens. While a lot pricier than most of the laptops on this list, it definitely makes up for it with value. We do only recommend this laptop for serious writers though due to the price.

Being a Microsoft laptop, the Surface Book comes preinstalled with Windows 10. The base model comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, an Intel i5 processor, 128 GB of solid-state storage, 8GB RAM, and up to 10.5 hours of battery life. The keyboard disconnects from the screen, allowing you to use it as a tablet as well.

The best part about this laptop is the screen. The included pen works seamlessly with the laptop, making this is the best touchscreen we have on this list. If you enjoy writing on laptops or tablets, this is the laptop for you.

Conclusion

The above laptops are our favorite recommendations for writers. They will hopefully increase your productivity and comfort while you are writing. Don’t forget to get laptop accessories.


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Prices last updated on 2020-07-15

13 COMMENTS

  1. I think that for whatever profession that you have and you are looking for a new laptop it is important to consider how you are going to use it. I think it is important to utilize cloud storage as well as it is helpful for the times you may have problems with your equipment – you will be able to access it from anywhere. I have a Mac Book Pro 15, and love it. Great information, thanks for sharing!

  2. Fantastic Blog!! I came first-time visited your site, and there I found information about the best laptop.It’s fascinating and helpful news for us. Thanks for sharing this great blog.

  3. Does anyone know? Once I complete my book and I want to send a sample of ten pages to a publisher, which laptop makes sending a sample the easiest? Thanks

  4. This is a great list and covers a lot of aspects that are important for writers. The only thing missing, from my perspective, is a description of screen brightness for each laptop.

    I love sitting outside in the sunshine to write, but I usually end up leaning forward and squinting at the screen when it’s a bright day – an issue made even worse if the screen is reflective as well.

    With this additional criterion I believe this list could be a one-stop shop for any writer who is looking for a new laptop! 🙂

  5. In my opinion you’re missing the #1 most important factor in a laptop for a writer, and that’s having a keyboard where you don’t accidentally brush your thumb against the touch pad and move your cursor, or accidentally hit some key that pulls up some weird function you don’t care about.

    A writer-friendly laptop would have something like an “I’m in the zone” mode where you can only write, and other functions are temporarily shut off.

    • I actually have a wireless keyboard I love that I use with any laptop. I can sit back in my chair, get comfy and type with it on my lap or on a tray and watch the screen from a comfortable distance. It makes it easier finding a writing laptop, because I don’t care about the keyboard on it, or worry about accidently touching the mouse pad. I used to do that so often, which is why I decided to go with the wireless keyboard to begin with. Best purchase I ever made.

    • I agree with Greg. I like a keyboard with plenty of ‘bounce’ for accurate touch-typing, (also at least 15.5 screen for artwork). I don’t need a thin model as I rarely take it out of the house, but I do move it from room to room and take it outside. The only suitable ones I can find are reconditioned. I’m by no means the only person who has these requirements. Does anyone know of a suitable current model? Message to manufacturer’s: this is a gap in the market – get in there!

  6. Real writers know the #1 most important thing to look in a laptop is how quiet they are. That’s the sole reason I’m changing mine and looking throughout the web for someone who has an idea on the subject instead of stupid posts about keyboards. I’m very annoyed by this atm.

  7. Hello Camillo. I was wondering about your problem of noise. My old laptop has a deep ‘bounce’ keyboard and is almost silent. Maybe you think they are like separate keyboards (with towers and monitors etc)? Now they can be a bit noisy. I don’t think that would bother me anyway, as I lose myself into what I’m writing. But hey, everyone is different – think how boring it would be if everyone was the same. All the best.

  8. Very strange guide. Why would writers want some awful touchscreen/tablet hybrid? We want to write – something with a good keyboard that’s reliable, not a fancy toy for kids.

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