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Let’s be real. If you just want to blog, any laptop will do.
But if you want to make blogging less annoying and more efficient, that’s another story.
First of all, bloggin ain’t a luxurious job so you can’t be spending money like it ain’t no thang…
You can’t be too cheap either….
Blogging and producing good content requires tons of research, downloading tons of pictures, watching videos, looking for references,etc.
Going cheap & opting for a laptop with low memory, bloatware or an outdated CPU or even worse: bad Wi-Fi reception will not let you do any of the above.
Actually the worst thing that can happen …
Would be to have your web browser freeze all the sudden (usually because your laptop couldn’t keep up with the 50 browsing tabs open you had open)….
Nor you nor your blogging plattorm were able to save your post because your WiFi card also sucks! Yup, been there done that. I almost broke my laptop in two pieces because I had been working on that post for almost the entire day.
So what kind of laptop is the best laptop for blogging?
Also consider that the quest for producing cool & useful content (which are often long but damn useful) can be tiring as hell.
Sometimes a single post can take you to a week to finish (the most popular post I ever wrote actually took me two months to complete). Working on the same post for that long can get really really borin too!
Long story short, you need to get a laptop with the .possible. That will make sure whatever motivation you got left isn’t gone midway through a post ( bad keyboards & awful displays are the main culprits of this).
You don’t need to go too crazy with performance. You just need to make sure you are not being ripped off with a slow CPU & low RAM.
How To Buy The Best Laptop For Blogging
Anyways before we get into much more detail, I’ll tell you what you’ll get from this post.
I will list the 5 best laptops for blogging in 2019 and I will also show you a guide on how to pick a laptop for blogging yourself.
The guide will include some basic computer concepts, explain why you need some specs and how you will find them useful, etc.
Because most of you have been blogging since before blogging existed and already know what to look for, right now I’ll just summarize the specs you need to look out for the best laptop for blogging and leave all the details to the end of this post.
If there’s something not clear in this summary or you are new to computers refer to the my posts on the side bar and the guide below for more details
I know all bloggers are not the same: some us love gigantic screens, others ultra portable laptops with a long battery life and very few of us may need a bit more power to throw in some video editing.
But the key features remain the same:
Most bloggers will be alright with a core i5. Only heavy video editors should opt for a core i7. Most bloggers just rely on simple edits for which most processors will do though. Core i5 also offer the best performance/battery ratio even if you start multitasking heavily.
Ideally opt for 8GB. This will take care of pretty much everything: multitasking, RAM eating chrome, editing huge posts with tons of media attached to it. Browsing to photos & videos. All simultanously.
Avoid graphics cards unless you are into video editing or starting a gaming blog. Not only are they expensive but distracting because of all the games you can play with one.
Size isn’t important. The type of storage is. Now that HDDs are almost obselete, pick an PCIe NVMe SSD if you can. It will make your laptop soar through the sky and perform tasks several seconds faster which will add up to minutes then less hours spent blogging.
The best combo is a full HD + Matte Display and anything above or equal to 13”. This will make multitasking a breeze and a pleasure to work with and make it easier on the eyes (TN displays are better for people with eye issues but IPS panels are great for photo editing).
Disclosure: I am not an Apple fan boy (well not too much) . I actually use a 17” Windows Laptop most of the time & an a 11” MacBook Air when I’m away from home. My 13” MacBook Air is a continent away from me.
By the way, I don’t get any comissions if users buy a MacBook Air from this website, apple does not offer any affiliate programs. I just have to be brutally honest because I am blogger and I feel your pain.
Long story short: The old MacBook Air and the New 13” MacBook Air are both the best laptops for blogging or writing, hands down. It’s got pretty everything we as bloggers could ask for and more.
Most famous writers in fact have touted the Air as the best device ever produced for writing so most bloggers if they can afford use it as well. Just check their laptops on youtube. Let’s see what makes it so great:
Sure you’ll find all the specs listed above on most laptops bt what distinguishes the Air from the laptops designed for mere mortals is the storage device. Both the old & new (and more expensive) MacBook Air have a solid state drive that is actually faster than the fastest SSD you can get from windows machines: PCIe NVMe which is already x17 faster than most storage drives (and the one you probably have right now).
Any MacBook Air from any year released also sports nothing less than a core i5 CPU: the 5th, 6th and 7th generation CPUs pretty much have the same performance. However, the New MacBok Air has an 8th generation Core i5 CPU and can actually be upgraded up to 16GB RAM, this is way too much for blogging alone and I’d advice you stick with 8GB RAM but the extra power is always welcomed!
If you are short on cash you should seriously consider a refurbished MacBook Air’s with a 7th generation CPU such as shown in this link: don’t worry they work as good as new plus you’ve got the warranty of Amazon.
All MacBook Airs have enough punch for all aspects of blogging and the insane multitasking you’ll throw at it too. Heck, even the 11” MacBook Air will do, the problem is the screen size which is way too small for long sessions of blogging and can have a toll on your eyesight.
A core i5 with 8GB RAM is the sweet combo for blogging: you’ll be able to use photoshop, do some simple video editing(cuts/transitions) with Adobe Premiere and deal with long posts with tons of images without any feeling any lag. You’ll also be able to open around 50 tabs with the RAM eating Chrome web browser with no problems.
Although you may be able to find the core i5 w/ 8GB at a much affordable price on some windows models, I bet you won’t find the SSD of the Air which basically makes it boot up in literally 5 seconds.
That “Flash” SSD will also have a huge impact when reading/writing files or opening software.
What got the air to its unbeatable status among bloggers and writers is the design: it was really the keyboard and the trackpad but the battery and form factor are nothing short of amazing either. However you should be aware of a few things:
The best keyboard ever produced was released with the Old MacBook Air, the one that was introduced by Steve Jobs in 2009 which continued to have the same design until 2015.
The New MacBook Air’s keyboard behaves differently: yes it’s still responsive, feels lighter, has a backlit features and even goes as far as having almost no travel distance but it’s just not as good as the Old MacBook Air’s keyboard. The New MacBook Air’s Keyboard and trackpad , however, still make any other laptop look like a silly toy. But if you want the best keyboard of the entire series of MacBook AIr’s ever released opt for the Old MacBook Air which you can still find on Amazon or Apple. Apple still makes them ! This will also cost you a lot less money.
Unfortunately, if you go for the Old MacBook Air, you’ll have to give up the the retina display that the New MacBook Air has and which is amazingly useful for multitasking. The Old Air’s has simply a HD+ resolution which is still pretty decent and it should allow you to work on your site and essays without a problem. In fact, that’s the one I’m using right to make update this post.
Regardless both the new and old MacBook Air still have a monstrous amount of battery life : 12 and 13 hours respectively. Though the Old Air’s battery in fact might be a lot more than that, I remember going for 2 entire work days (of 8 hours each) without charging it (of course I wasn’t using the WiFi too much). The New Air with the retina can’t have that much because it has a retina display and the amount of pixels will consume a lot more power.
Both laptops are made of full aluminum with a rock solid and sturdy design all over. What I mean by this is that when you grab these things they’ll feels like an unbendable huge chunk of metal. Nearly every other laptop, except for a few premium windows laptops, will start to feel flimsy right in the middle. You may even be able to feel the components rattle around inside that chasis made of plastic as you hold it with one hand.
Two of my MacBook Airs were able to take a few drops without compromises too of course there was a dent on the corner but that’s about it. I wouldn’t advice you to do that on purpose just to make sure it’s good though, this can damage the screen(you’ll get a black spot but it’ll still function).
Lastly, the Air’s form factor is still the same and it’s its most attractive and advertised feature. It makes it fit into any backpack and in between your textbooks with no issues. You can even carry it with one hand as if it was just a really thin notebook.
Anyways, whether you choose the new or Old MacBook air depends on which you seem to value the most: a pretty display (the new Air) or the best keyboard ever produced (the old Air).
Here are the links to both of them:
*One last thing. Note that you should make sure to have the RAM & Storage you want from the start because none of them are upgradeable (well they are but they’re extremely difficult to upgrade and you’ll void the warranty if you open it).
By the way, 128GB for storage is plenty for blogging even for those doing podcasts or using photos. I even have WoW installed on mine and several other programs. On the other hand, If you plan on being a video blogger you may want to buy the 256GB or 512GB versions.
I know the Air is very expensive even the old Air is around 850$. However there are still a few laptops that have more or less the same performance and still be able to have the same form factor..
One of these is the ZenBook. I always call it the ghost of the MacBook Air. The New ZenBook also competes with the New MacBook Air in performance: it has an 8th generation CPU which is actually a bit more powerful than the Air’s CPU and the solid state drive of the current version is just as fast so you’ll still be able to take advantage of lightning fast boot up times & launching your software in a second, etc.
You’ll be able to have the same performance as you would with the New MacBook Air but you’ll be able to in some seriously crazy multitasking by this I mean having every program you’ve got installed opened for no reason. In other words, the performance is way too much for a blogger but that’s what the new version has. This brings the issue of consuming more power and spending more battery. This is why the Air has always kept a dual core processor instead of a four or even six core CPU.
This is a great move by Apple because premium thin laptops are meant for people who will be okay with that which are almost bloggers, writers, those using office, etc.
The ZenBook’s battery isn’t too bad though: its about 8-9 hours.
On the other hand the ZenBook gives you a far better display for the money you’re paying: full HD IPS panel while also keeping about the same form factor and weight of The MacBook Air.
The current ASUS VivoBook is a great option for those still looking for an affordable laptop with a great display.
For just 500 bucks you get a PCIe NVMe SSD+ 8GB RAM which are the two most important hardware components to look after if you are a blogger. The Processor? honestly every modern processor is way too fast so you could get away with pretty much any processor that’s been released within the past two years. This AMD Ryzen 3 is actually no small fry by the way, the new Ryzen architecture has proven to be a lot more energy efficient than its Intel equivalent and a lot more consistent in keeping up with the clock speeds advertised.
What actually makes a huge difference for a blogger is the SSD. Almost every software/task that a blogger must go through relies heavily on reading/writing data: opening files, spreadsheets, booting up, opening photo/video editing software and that huge 500MB infographic.
The 8GB ram on the other hand allows you to have several of programs open without the fear of getting lag.
One cool thing about the design is that despite the size of the display this thing is still light and thin: 3.7lb and 8” thick. The Bezels are around 1/3” which allows the manufacturer to fit a bigger display than most 15 inch laptops usually have. This is what they call “nano edge display”. This is a huge bonus for multitasking and those who are looking for something easy on the eyes.
Another cool thing about the size is the numerical pad, only 15-17” laptops have it. If you deal with tons of numerical data for example when making an spreadsheet to calculate the number of visitors per day, clicks per day or just to track your financial gains, you’ll love the numerical keypad.
Note that the display has an IPS panel with a matte finish (no glares…even safer on the eyes). This is amazing to me because it isn’t easy to find a laptop even on the ones that cost 600 bucks.
* There’s some flex with they keyboard.
Leaving that aside, 500$ is the best bargain I’ve heard for the display these guys are offering. I bet it’s the AMD Ryzen processor making all the difference, they’re a lot better than their Intel equivalents and a lot more cheaper too, they are really making all the difference in the laptop world!
I don’t mean to exagerate but this little fella right here is actually the best selling laptop on Amazon. It’s not just this model, it seems like every Acer Aspire 5 model released always gets this title and that’s because it’s actually very fast and very affordable at the same time.
Anyways by the time you read this, I really hope there are still a few of these babies left. Amazon always seems to run out of units even though the manufacturer has been forced to make several thousands, it’s actually that good.
I could go on about how well this laptop sells (I have an affiliate amazon account so I can see what laptop is what most readers end up buying) but the point is this laptop is really cheap and if you all you got are 350$ bucks you should just buy this one without hesitation.
Anyways we’ll go over the hardware/performance to convince that there are no rats in the kitchen…or in this cases the laptop.
This year’s model has an AMD Ryzen 3 processor and if you’ve been living in a cave for the past year you are probably not aware of the amazing performane of the Ryzen 2 architecture. But you can always check benchmark studies online and see how well it performs AND how well it fits in mobile computers.
Notice that the 8GB RAM stick is not missing and even the PCIe NVMe SSD you usually find on laptops above 500$ is still there too!
This has pretty much the same specs as the ASUS VivoBook so you can run perform anything blogging related without any hiccups. There’s really no bottleneck for bloggers. There isn’t a need to do any upgrades!
Even with all the PCIe NVMe+ Ryzen goodness you still get a full HD IPS display which is unheard of in laptops below 400 bucks.
Another cool feature is the fact that it has a nice matte finish so your eyes will also be protected from glares if there’s sunlight getting into your room.
Nothing to remark about the keyboard quality, no complaints so far: has a full layout and decent travel. Being a full blown 15” laptop, it does also come with a numerical keypad too.
The trackpad isn’t cheap either, it’s not MacBook-like quality but you won’t have to fight with it just to close a window. Note that the new model does not come with a backlit feature, that was the old model.
Unlike the previous model this one isn’t as heavy, it’s a 1.5 pound lighter : 4lb but at the cost of having no DVD/CD Drive, who uses those nowdays?
Since this isn’t a 17” laptop, you can take it for a few trips without looking like your carrying a typing machine and look ridiculous at starbucks.
Unlike the previous model, the AMD Ryzen 2 has helped the battery last much longer: it’s hovers around 9 hours.
One huge drawback with this laptop is that it’s not as easy to upgrade as most 15 inch laptops are but it’s still doable.
The last drawback is the fact that it’s made entirely out of plastic but don’t let that deter you from buying it, you’ll find a plastic chasis on virtually every laptop below 400 bucks. Laptops with full aluminum build add a lot to the total cost. Usually above 650$ on basic laptops and +1300$ dollars on high end laptops= for gaming.
Best Value Laptop For Blogging
I want to end this list with a similar model I use myself when working at home: a 17 inch laptop.
If you are a blogger, mostly working from home, then this is a no brainer, you’re better off either with a desktop or a 17 inch laptop. The amount of screen space is huge: just check the screenshot here and all the space I have left:
I also prefer a 17 inch laptop because I keep moving around the house while I’m writing a post, it makes blogging much more enjoyable.
All the hardware that makes a computer fly is still there, although the Ryzen 5 is a bit too fast for my taste. except: the storage drive. Unfortuantely it’s a really slow HDD brick and most 17 inch laptops without a “dedicated GPU” like this one always seem to have it. You should definitely consider swapping it for an SSD though!
If you are too chicken to do the upgrade (I wouldn’t blame you for it, I was like you in the beginning) check my 17 inch laptops post to see other options which come with an SSD already.
Be aware that a dedicated graphics card should be avoided. Why? The temptation to fall into gaming is huge these days and if you get hooked into one your productivity will go down the drain unless of course you are not looking to make a career out of blogging like myself.
On the other hand, if you do some pretty intense video editing, then a dedicated graphics card will help you a long way.
A few things pros of this model over other cheaper 17 inch laptops :
– Has a USB-C port you can actually use for external monitors
– Bright display
– Great keyboard (as expected from Lenovo)
– No Audio issues
– Easy to upgrade
Well the whole point of this section is to save you money by narrowing down what exactly you’ll be doing with your laptop and what are the required specs for that.
While this may sound trivial to long time bloggers, I bet if you are just starting you probably didn’t know you will end up doing some of the following:
* Some Financial Research (stock market perhaps) : Excel spreadsheets
* Watching several youtube videos simultanously: need RAM perhaps a big screen.
* All Microsoft Office products for editing, tracking SEO data/emails and more: mostly excel & outlook.
* Video Editing: simple cuts/transitions/light effects, nothing heavy. Not necessarily Adobe premiere even movie maker might be suffficient.
So we have three types of bloggers:
Video Blogger: Someone who relies on Adobe Premiere. But these guys usually hire video editors or limit themselves to simple cuts/edits/transitions not heavy video editing. So a mid range laptop is sufficient.
This is just web browsing, making posts & watching youtube. Sure these can be done on any cheap old laptop…
The problem starts when you start making huge posts (these are the ones that will get you more backlinks & shares because they’re actually useful).
These posts include a lot of freaking images, several links and tables/graphs to make everything neatly organized and easy to understand. Here’s an example, my most shared & useful post:
Do you know how much I suffered just trying to scroll down with the WordPress Editor?
This is caused by bottlenecking RAM. Besides, chrome is very very memory hungry, the worst of all web browsers. So at the very least you need 8GB RAM.
Forget those newbs saying 4GB is plenty for blogging. Windows 10 today takes 2GB, bloatware and other ongoing applications may take up 1GB which leaves 1GB to spare.
Sure this can be done with any cheap old laptop with 4GB of RAM. If you are using a word editor like google docs or Microsoft Word, then you can safely rely on 4GB RAM.
Just remember the moment you add Chrome + WordPress Editor into the mix, you’ll need at least 8GB RAM.
You should really try to break the piggy bank and opt for an SSD. You won’t be reading any large files/huge software or writing large files either but an SSD will make your computer fly anyways:
* Look up a file instantly (before you even finish typing its name or a word of its content)
* Open up office, launch Chrome and any other apps in a flash
You’ll be doing all of these things on a constant basis, seconds will add to minutes and minutes to hours spent less on a publishing content.
* Less chances of hard drive failure. Since there are no mechanical parts, you won’t damage your storage drive as easily as you would with an old hard disk drive.
* Less heat issues: again no moving parts, less energy being spent less chances to having a nice tan on your laptop after a long post.
Just making posts doesn’t require any beefy CPU. If you have enough RAM & an SSD, you can settle with pretty much any processor.
Yes, even if you do plan to build your website from the bottom up. Web programming with HTML, PHP, MySQL, etc, do not need any special processor.
The maximum should go for is an Intel Core i5 processor either from the 7th or the 8th generation
I ain’t gonna lie, I needed to do some pretty heavy image editing with PhotoShop for my most popular posts. Yes, I did not want to pay someone because like most bloggers I was broke when I started plus it’s hard to describe exactly what you want to someone else, the best person to do the work you want is you!
Anyways for the image I was creating I needed to have tons of layers because I was a compelte newb with photoshop and that’s how I editted my images, a complete mess of layers but hey it worked!
I also included many logos/small GIF images all mashed together within the same graph, it was an infograph after all.
It wasn’t difficult really, some youtube videos and messing around with PhotoShop will get you there.
8GB of RAM: Anyways, likewise the main issue would be RAM. At the very least 8GB RAM for any type of decent photo editing be it with PhotoShop or LightRoom.
16GB of RAM: If you are an avid photographer and deal with several dozens of images at the same time with LightRoom or you use Panoramas as the featured image on your posts and of course you edit them, then you’ll need 16GB RAM.
4GB of RAM: If you are limited to resizing, simple edits, crops and so on, then you don’t need to go beyond 4GB RAM unless you do deal with heavy & very long posts like the ones shown on the home page of this site.
If you are a avid photo editor, an SSD is a must, no buts. Check my post on photoshop for more details.
How fast you edit images, and by this I mean applying effects and layers, colors, only depend on how fast your processor is. By that i mean clock speed and not how many cores your processor has.
Long story short, you just need the CPU with the highest clock speed you can afford: Core i3 Core i5 or Core i7.
8th generation processors however are all fast so any of their models will suffice.
Most bloggers just use the youtube editor, some may use iMovie and Windows Movie maker.
If you will rely on any of the above, you don’t need any special hardware.
If you rely on simple jump-cuts/transitions/effects with Adobe Premiere you don’t need anything special either. Just get the same specs for Photo Editing:
Heck even if you are a vBlogger using a green background to throw in cool effects, the same specs will apply.
If you plan on becoming an avid user of Adobe Premiere, that is you’ll rely on a lot of accelerated effects+ editting in high resolution (w/ color grading+3D effects) or edit/shoot videos with 4k resolution, then give my Adobe Premiere article a read, you’ll need far more power than the laptops shown here and portability will go out the window.
Resolution: No matter what kind of blogger you are. Get at least a 1920×1080 resolution display. This is also called full HD or 1080p.
This will allow you to have several windows next to each other simultaneously and give you enough space to work on each of them.
This is what I mean, look at the difference:
Check how much more space there’s on the left for excel.
Size: A high resolution display coupled with anything +13” will allow you to have even more space, perhaps let you fit it another window. The screenshot I took was with my 11” MacBook Air so you can imagine the difference with a 13” display.
Again this will depend on how portable you want your device to be. If you are a travel blogger like me, then 11-13” is our only choice.
If you just stay at home, a 17” full HD is the best ! Which by the way I have one back home instead of a desktop.
IPS displays: the best IPS screens have great color reproduction & look best, they may be useful if you are a very picky photo editor and colors accuracy is very important to you. I think if they were, you’d be better off with an external display which is x20 times better than any laptop display out there. The problem with IPS displays their glossy finish which makes it very difficult to use when a lot of light hits the screen.
TN displays: these don’t look as good but they’re anti-glare, their finish isn’t glossy so you’ll be able to work in high illuminated areas and even out in the sun.
Matte displays: some IPS panels come with a matte finish so you’ll get a better color reproduction (not as good as glossy IPS panels) while being able to deal with glares much better
I myself reduce brightness, use screen protectors or rely on nightshift mode to reduce the amount of light reaching my eyes.
Although I’m pretty much on the computer all day, my eyesight is still 20/20.
I also owe that to my carrot addiction & taking breaks every 30 min or so (looking out the window for 5 min or so will keep your eyes fresh and rested).
Update: currently suffering dry eye from a medication. I feel a bit better using a 17” display with a matte display than glossy macbook air.
I tried hitting my fastest typing speeds on a laptop keyboard and a desktop keyboard.
The result: I was never able to replicate the same feeling nor the same typing speeds with a laptop’s keyboard so I bought an external keyboard and typing faster than jackie chan with the tuxed on.
The main issue with laptops is that manufacturers only focus on specs especially CPU & graphics cards. Why? because that’s what most naive consumers care aboout and look at, leaving design to draw and luck so if you don’t do your proper research you can end up with a lousy keyboard & trash touchpad quality.
* Some brands however do care about their design just as much as their components: Apple being the most known for their flawless designs followed by Lenovo.
* For any other brand you have to rely on amazon reviews and reddit to see if there are any faults with the keyboard. LaptopMag and NotebookCheck will give you a more technical & useful description however they can’t test every laptop out there.
* If you find a laptop you like and there isn’t anything to say about their keyboards, don’t risk it. Look for another one.
* Usually anything equal or below 13” will be more likely to have a bad keyboard.
I don’t worry too much about keyboard quality when buying a new laptop unless it’s a chromebook or a 11” laptop. Why? I always use an external keyboard & mouse too. I move faster using these two.
Anything around ~3lb is considered portable and easy to carry. But if they carry the specs I recommended above they’ll cost you at least 700$.
Chromebooks are portable and cost less than 13” but you’ll be limited to a web browser, this may work out if you don’t need any fancy photo/video/image editing.
There are a few 11 inch laptops that cost a few hundred but you’ll have to deal with limited screen space for writing and most of the time 4GB RAM and very slow processors:
There’s a good rule of thumb among laptops: the smaller the laptop, the bigger the battery.
That’s because small size laptops usually have weaker processors and low resolution displays coupled with small screen sizes , this means less pixels, less power consumption for operations and therefore more battery life!
ChromeBooks: they have the longest batteries out there, most of them have a solid 11 hours.
MacBooks: they’re amazing. Despite their power, they have around 10 hours of battery life. The old MacBook Air had around 13 freaking hours.
Lenovo: they put in huge batteries in their ThinkPad or Business models. They can be as long as 10 hours.
The way I deal with this is use my chromebook or 11 MacBook Air when I’m away from home and use my Acer Aspire 17” laptop for the final touch ups or any image/video editing I may need to do. I also use it to play games, run heavy software that i need to learn to write my reviews.
Like I said before , unlike Apple or Lenovo, most manufacturers just leave design to draw & luck. Some of their models (though very few) will have their network cards incorrectly positioned which leads to drop outs or your laptop’s reception to be weak (for which you have to be much closer to your router ).
The only way to find out any faults is to read user reviews. All the laptops I’ve listed here do not have this problem.
If you have any questions, suggestions or recommendations for this post. Please let us know in the comments below!