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10 Best Laptops for Writers

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Does your job involve a lot of writing? Are you looking for a laptop that can help you in your job? While many laptops are available in the market, you might be confused as to which is the best one for your job?

For some the need maybe portability, for others battery life or backlit keyboard. You do not need to look beyond these pages. We have listed the best laptops for writers that can be used for writing proposals or novels or just notes.

The key features we have considered while ranking the laptops are storage, weight, battery life and cost of the product.


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This laptop has a 15.6-inch full HD screen, an Intel i6 Core processor, and 8GB RAM. It also has an inbuilt 256GB SSD. Also, the Acer Aspire has dedicated 2GB of RAM graphics which is useful if you plan to do a lot of image editing.

This weighs 5.27 pounds and has a battery life of 15 hours. The laptop comes with pre-installed Windows 10 operating system, but that can be customized. It also has a backlit keyboard which is a blessing for those who love to write at night.

 2. MacBook Air

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The MacBook Air is the most portable laptop on this list. While it is expensive compared to others, at 2.03 pounds it is the lightest laptop and a great choice for writers who travel a lot.

This model has a 13.3-inch display, Intel i5 Core processor, 8 GB RAM. A 128 GB SSD, and up to 12 hours of battery life. It has everything that a writer needs and the MAC OS make it simple to use.

3. HP Pavillion

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The best laptop when it comes to storage. It has a 15.6 full HD screen, an Intel i7 Core processor, 8GN RAM and 1TB Hard drive. It has a battery life of 8-9 hours and inbuilt Windows 10 Operating system.

It weighs 4.21pounds Along with this it also has a backlit keyboard. If you are someone who works with a lot of images along with your writing the HP Pavillion can be the laptop of your choice.

4. Acer Chromebook

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This one makes to list for being the cheapest laptop. The Chromebook may not be as power-packed as the other laptops, but it has its own advantages. It has a 14-inch screen, 4 GB RAM, 1.6GHZ processor, weighs 3.42 pounds and has up to 12 hours of battery life.

It has only 32GB of storage. But that should suffice because the Acer Chromebook stores all data in the cloud. So, there is never a worry of losing data in the eventuality of a hard disk crash. All Chromebook run on Google OS which functions like the Google Chrome browser. For the price that it is being sold it’s a great laptop for writers.

5. Asus Zen book

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It is one of the more expensive laptops on the list but its features are definitely worth the price. It has a 13.3-inch screen, 8GB RAM, 1 TB hard drive, and an Intel i5 Core processor.

It has a backlit keyboard, has a battery life of 12 hours and weighs 2.6 pounds. It’s just a little heavier than the Macbook. It is ultra slim and has a fingerprint recognition.  The key feature of this laptop, however, is its touchscreen feature. This gives a writer the choice of using the keyboard or working without it.

6. Microsoft Surface book

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It is an expensive gadget and is recommended for those writers who are better established and wouldn’t mind spending more for their laptop. Being a Microsoft laptop, it comes with pre-installed Windows 10.

The Microsoft Surface book has a 13.5-inch pixel sense display with works well with the pen. The base model has 8GB RAM, an Intel i5 Core processor, 128 GB of storage, and up to 12 hours of battery life. The Surface book weighs 3.48 pounds. The keyboard disconnects from the screen allowing one to use it as a tablet too.

If you enjoy writing on laptops and tablets, this is the one for you.

7. MacBook Pro

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No list of laptops for writers is complete without this one. However, it doesn’t rank higher on the list because of the cost factor. The MacBook pro is every writer’s delight. It has a 13.3-inch Retina display, 8 GB RAM, 128GB of hard disk space and up to 9 hours of battery life.

All MacBook comes with inbuilt MAC OS and weighs 4.9 pounds. It has a backlit keyboard for writing in low light and a spacious armrest. We would recommend this laptop if you are ready to shell out a big amount if you prefer a MAC OS or a really great screen resolution.

8. Lenovo Thinkpad T460

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This laptop has great battery life making it the perfect buy for those writing novels. It has a 14- inch screen, 16 GB RAM, 24 GB hard drive, a battery life of 12-18 hours, and it weighs only 3.8 pounds.

It has inbuilt OS of Windows 7 which can be upgraded later. The Lenovo also has a fingerprint reader. It has a soft keyboard making it great for typing. Again, a good buy but slightly expensive.

9. Dell Inspiron

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Another great laptop with great features available at a reasonable price. It has a 13.3-inch full HD LED touchscreen, an Intel i7 Core processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB Hard disk, and Windows 10 OS.

The laptop has a battery life of 7 hours and weighs 3.44 pounds. The wide palm area also makes it great for writers. The laptop can be used in 4 modes like laptop mode, tent mode, stand mode or tablet mode.

10. HP Envy

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This is a great starter laptop featuring all the basics that you need for a writing laptop. It’s a 2-in-1 and converts into a tablet computer making it perfect for taking notes. It has a 15,6-inch screen, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB of storage in the hard disk, a battery life of 9 hours and weighs 5.01 pounds.

It comes with inbuilt Windows 10 OS. If you are looking for a simple laptop that meets all your needs as a writer, HP envy is the one.

We have tried to list the best laptops based on features mentioned above and keeping the needs of a writer in mind. This list is as comprehensive as it can get and caters to the needs of beginners and professional writers as well. So, happy shopping and happy writing!

by Namrata Kothari

I am a technology geek and love all things smart and purple. A computer engineer by education, I was once a cubicle dweller at Intuit Inc. But since I had my calling from the written word, I quit my five year old job in software development and started writing. When I am not writing about technology or health, you can find me drinking tea, on facebook, or tinkering a new gadget.

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