digital nomad laptop

what's a good laptop for the digital nomad? I have never been more indecisive than deciding btwn the MBP M1 14 vs 16 inch for travel since I heard they are the best laptops. I really like the 16 because the screen is huge and seems more productive. I'm going to be using it for work (sales) but I also will be learning coding and stuff on it. It will be my only screen which is why the 16 makes the most sense. 14 is also a fantastic computer, great for portability and I really dont need that much performance from the machines at all. The key part is travel: I don't really bring laptops to safes and all that retarded shit. I like working from my AirBnb so I'm wondering if 16 makes more sense since I'm only really lugging it around on flights.

The only shit thing about the 16 for me is the keyboard is fucking trash. I'm a manlet (5'9) and I have no idea why apple decided to make the touchpad the size of a fucking football field and I have to extend my wrists half way into the fucking laptop to type shit. Any nomads out there with one or the other that use it to work? Thoughts?

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'd say go with the one you find more ergonomically comfortable. I don't like the size of that touchpad either. But I'm biased towards smaller and lighter (and cheaper) laptops because I'm the type of DN who moves around a lot and works from jungle cabins and shit like that.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've owned a thinkpad for the last 8 years and the thing wont die. Small travel laptop with an i5 and 4gb ram (can be increased). Best laptop I'll probably ever own. Might just own it for my whole life at this rate. Has no problems running modern programs and is still great for just basic tasks such as emailing, writing, web-surfing, etc.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Okay, but what are the dimensions and weight of it? And how long can you work without a power source?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Not him but I have a L14, realistic work loads about 6.5-7 hours of work on battery alone. I have it with an 5650u/32gb ram/2TB SSD/touch screen display which is amazingly useful on a plane/train. I think this has some water proofing too, tons of lockdown features as well as secure wipe if too many failed attempts at login. Pretty light at 14 inch screen, charges over USB-C which is nice since one less thing to pack and can charge my phone and shit off one charger. Prior to this I had a probook which was nice but holy shit HP can not make silent fans on their thinner laptops, like fuck that whine on every model under load.

        If you're on a budget the Thinkbook 14 is nice too, basically the consumer grade version of the L14 but soldered ram I believe so you can only upgrade the SSD.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >work (sales) but I also will be learning coding and stuff on it
    t. neet

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    do you own these both already or are you looking to buy OP?

    also what kinds of bag(s) are you bringing? are you going to live out of a backpack? if so make sure the one you pick fits well in the laptop sleeve.

    the whole point of the digital nomad meme (and it certainly is a meme) is to travel light and get around doing fun things. smaller puter will be easier to bring around. also don't bother "learning to code", its a meme too.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You should buy something that could be a desktop replacement for most of what you could possibly do in your job if internet flakes out or just isn't available for whatever reason. Chromebooks are nice and will host most andriod apps you would need for dialing into a work environment, but are fairly useless without a connection. You may pay a slight bit more for a laptop to DN with but it's worth the investment as it's basically your life blood abroad.

      The way I've done it is by having a decently beefy laptop to run some VM's I may need as a lab and resources to compute things locally. Secondly I have a tablet+keyboard combo as a backup if my laptop were to shit the bed and because where I was getting a replacement or repair was difficult. Always have a plan B.

      >is to travel light and get around doing fun things
      No you should pack with things you would need to adequately perform all job functions AND your travel functions. Packing light is good in theory and makes for a good instagram profile, but in practice is completely going to cost you more time and money.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Always have a plan B.
        This is an interesting side topic. What's everyone's plan B?
        Mine is 2012+ 11" macbook air. Weighs 1kg, runs MacOS or LInux, get 5+ hours (depending on the battery), and costs under $300.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        what size is your desktop replacement?

        14 + an ipad as a second monitor

        the reality is that 2 extra inches on your screen will not make a difference productivity wise, but it will make it more annoying to carry around. i guess if youre only gonna use it @ your airbnb and never move it then it doesn't really matter either way.

        yea that's the dilemma. personally i think the 16 screen is the best laptop screen ive ever seen. I dont think the ipad as a 2nd monitor will make up for the eyestrain. the question is the ergonomics and portability of the 14 worth it if I'm only using the laptop in airbnbs but travelling maybe once every 2 months

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          14 inch it's a L14, I have the AMD variant 6c/12t 2TB SSD+MicroSD card for junk files/games, both bitlocker'd.
          Previously was a zbook 17.3 inch which could take more drives, but never really found myself using more than a TB, thing was also bulkier but could do up to 64GB ram, 3 drives, and ran some i7.

          Generally all my work is done on a remote computer in my companies datacenter, so really only need the power for when internet is spotty. If I need an extra screen I can always usb-c -> HDMI on whatever shit is in my room while I travel.

          https://www.amazon.com/AOC-e1659Fwu-1366x768-Brightness-3-0-Powered/dp/B00CMKOVMO/
          These are nice if you just need something to have email or some shit on, usually If I need 2 monitors I just pop my tablet up with mail, meeting app, or something just for that.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Packing light is good in theory and makes for a good instagram profile, but in practice is completely going to cost you more time and money.

        no its actually fucking great and if you've ever done any travelling you'd understand the benefits of less shit is well worth having to sometimes do without

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          If you're doing digital nomad better to pack what you need rather than constantly be questioning where shit is or what you might need. Sure packing light is great for vacations and such but if you are going digital nomad for a longer period than vacation you'll need to pack some extra shit.

          https://i.imgur.com/6hEylO4.jpg

          FYI, there's portable monitors you can extend your desktop with that barely weigh anything and can be powered through USB-C.

          Yeah they are good, you can also use a program called synergy and use your mouse on multiple devices. Nice for a laptop/tablet setup

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >If you're doing digital nomad better to pack what you need rather than constantly be questioning where shit is or what you might need. Sure packing light is great for vacations and such but if you are going digital nomad for a longer period than vacation you'll need to pack some extra shit.
            well this digital nomad shit is a fucking meme anyways for these exact reasons. the idea of bringing a portable office with "everything you need" is just a roundabout way of going international with the misery of modern wageslavery.

            the right way to do it, if there even is a right way, is to slack off to the highest degree possible without getting fired while surfing or doing whatever else you actually want to do. travel first, work second. if you do it any other way you will be like the throngs of hopeful remote workers headed abroad with dreams of having their cake and eating it too, only to return defeated not even a month later with the painful realization that the airbnb or hostel social room was just a new extension of the home office.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Are you that coping TTchud moron?

              Just fucking skill up and stop bitching if so. I can tell from reading this post you have never had remote income. It's incomparable to a wage cage.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Lmao no, you should work smarter to work less. Automate what you can when you can to give the perception of working a bunch when in reality you can chill for a bit.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    14 + an ipad as a second monitor

    the reality is that 2 extra inches on your screen will not make a difference productivity wise, but it will make it more annoying to carry around. i guess if youre only gonna use it @ your airbnb and never move it then it doesn't really matter either way.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    compaq presario
    hp omnibook
    avertec
    windows xp w/ sp1
    intel centrino
    512mb ram
    40gb hdd

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I got a 17.3" refurbished dell with lots of ram and an okay cpu for programming most things. Use a usb mechanical keyboard and mouse.

    A libreboot and hardened OS thonkpad for certain crapto stuff

    A router that I hook all my devices through because fuck weird wifi

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just bring the laptop you want and buy a mouse bro. The 1 extra pound and 4 square inches less of storage space will not make a realistically noticeable difference.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      omg no, it does. You need the newest, best and first of tech to be considered a Digital Nomad (tm). Otherwise you're a fraud like the many sighsee on here.

      You just don't get it you schizo.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Tbf I am replacing a mbp 2015 that is still going strong. Every non Apple laptop I’ve had has broken down within a year. I’m hoping this one will last me another 8 years and money isn’t an issue

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have an Asus G14, great for gaming, lightweight and very portable. Also have a 14" Lenovo Thinkpad as backup.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I use a Microsoft Surface Go 2
    If I need to run VMs that's what the cloud is for, imagine toting around a Thinkpad like some school shooter incel lol

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    FYI, there's portable monitors you can extend your desktop with that barely weigh anything and can be powered through USB-C.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I’m a developer and use a base M1 Air with 8gb RAM and it covers 80% of what I need it for. I wish I’d held out for the 16gb model because it struggles with running Docker containers for testing but I doubt you’ll be needing that just yet. It’s much more compact than the pro, and not much slower either

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I use a razer blade and it’s quite good. The silver edition also has the benefit of hiding your power level from normies.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    DONT GET ANY MAC BUY DELL XPS

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Dell xps is the exact reason I switched to Apple and never looked back. Shit broke 5x times during college, I had a technician in my dorm every year

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    you could always the a TV at your accommodation as a secondary display. also get picrel if you need a numpad.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    get a PROsumer laptop you wouldnt see outside a office like fujitsu not a CONsumer macbook you see every corner

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >digital nomad

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