What's a good laptop for traveling? (Budget)

What's a cheaply priced laptop for traveling? It doesn't need to be capable of much, just running a browser and cloning repos/building small repos.

Was thinking microsoft surface, but I just checked and they seem to have gotten more expensive.

What do?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    thinkpad t480

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      this

      Used intel or m1 MacBook

      also this

      Dell Latitude 3440.

      this too

      Altogether, look for good battery life. Thinkpads have good battery life, from my experience.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    As a general rule of thumb use a steam deck as a rock solid reference point. Compare CPU/GPU/RAM specs to determine if the value is good or not.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Used intel or m1 MacBook

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Basically these ,

      Used m1 MacBook air if you are okay with using Mac os (bad)

      Otherwise get an Asus zenbook 14

      Over the years, I've come to find that battery life is the most important aspect of a laptop when traveling. The M MacBooks are the best for traveling because of this. If you can't stand macOS, then look for Windows laptops with good battery life, but I'm not sure if they exist

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        those anons are recommending used models though. That's like buying used toilet paper because the SSD is soldered.

        I'm not joking, look it up.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Used m1 MacBook air if you are okay with using Mac os (bad)

      Otherwise get an Asus zenbook 14

      M1 macbooks use phone CPUs and have soldered SSDs. Used intel macbooks might be alright since you can change the SSD.

      Also it compares very poorly to a $400 steam deck CPU/GPU/RAM-wise.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        no one cares. you're traveling, not hot swapping your home server fricking moron

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Le soldered SSDs!!
        Not everybody is a mom's basement dweller, frameworkcuck. OP was asking laptop recommendations for traveling purposes so battery is a top priority in the list.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Low capacity SSDs are a problem though. Those are the first ones guaranteed to fail first. If you choose a 1TB m1 mac vs a 256GB m1 mac isn't the price difference like $200? LOL

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >M1 macbooks use phone CPUs
        they objectively dont

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          What the frick are you talking about? It's just iPhone CPUs with more cores thrown in. That's literally a "phone" CPU.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Budget
      >MacBook
      https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-14-laptop/spd/inspiron-14-3420-laptop/nn3420fuqoh

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Used intel
      This is about as vague as you could get

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >intel
      hahahaha I know this is bait but wow what a gay

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Used m1 MacBook air if you are okay with using Mac os (bad)

    Otherwise get an Asus zenbook 14

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dell Latitude 3440.

  6. 1 month ago
    Sage

    uuughh .... your phone?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You need to go back.

      • 1 month ago
        Sage

        never came

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    just any cheap acer or dell inspiron or whatever.
    >muh battery life
    realistically how long would you be using it without a charger?

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    just get a chromebook for a few hundred dollars. old stinkpads suck ass for traveling, a m1 macbook is a decent choice but no reason to spend all that money when a chromebook will do all you need.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      those anons are recommending used models though. That's like buying used toilet paper because the SSD is soldered.

      I'm not joking, look it up.

      [...]
      M1 macbooks use phone CPUs and have soldered SSDs. Used intel macbooks might be alright since you can change the SSD.

      Also it compares very poorly to a $400 steam deck CPU/GPU/RAM-wise.

      If you're not poor or overly hung up on misinterpreting specs across platforms, the M1 Macbook Air is $700 at Walmart. It's even cheaper than a refurb from Apple.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Now compare CPU/GPU/RAM specs vs a 16GB RAM $400 steam deck.

        You ARE talking about the 16GB RAM m1 macbook and not the EXTREMELY DOGSHIT 8GB RAM m1 macbook, right?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Not him but an 8GB M1 is plenty for browsing and building small projects. Frankly it's plenty for most things, especially if you're willing to live with it swapping occasionally.
          It's crazy that Apple are so miserly with the RAM, but in practice it does work well.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            IT'S INSANELY DOGSHIT. 8GB RAM = lags hard as a motherfricker at everything.

            Why do you think most people return it so much?

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >lags hard as a motherfricker at everything.
              Macs don't run Windows or Android, moron.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                He's right though, 8GB RAM macbooks are one of the biggest buyer's remorse things right now. It's just not enough RAM in 2024 especially because the RAM also acts like vRAM.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                I'm sure anon's going to be encoding lots of 4k video on his travels.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                you're right he should just use it as a chromebook instead
                oh wait 8gb even kneecaps that use case lmao

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >you need 16 GB of ram to browse the web
                the absolute state of CONSOOOOOMERS

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                You're right 8GB is fi-
                >This webpage was reloaded because it was using significant memory.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                It degrades the SSD faster than normal you simpleton.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                It degrades the SSD faster than normal you simpleton.

                I think this queer is talking about an issue m1 macbooks had that was fixed four years ago
                for some reason thinks people here remember

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                So instead of using the SSD as RAM they just lag hard as a motherfricker constantly reloading shit all the time?

                THANKS TIM APPLE

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                none of my macs have this issue so I'm not sure what the frick you're even talking about
                are you autistic

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >He's right though, 8GB RAM macbooks are one of the biggest buyer's remorse things right now
                I literally don't know a single person who wants to return, sell, or upgrade their <5yo Mac. People mostly use them as laptops rather than serious workstations.
                >light dev work
                >web browsing
                >video calls
                >word/spreadsheets
                >thin client
                >photo/video editing on the go
                >travel computer

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >lags hard as a motherfricker at everything
              I use mine most days. It's lightning fast. There are a few activities I know are basically ruled out due to the RAM (VMs, machine learning) so I don't attempt those. Everything else is perfect.
              If yours really lags like you describe, first try reinstalling macOS and then find a local repair place. It's not normal.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                see

                https://i.imgur.com/zIjoM6P.jpeg

                He's right though, 8GB RAM macbooks are one of the biggest buyer's remorse things right now. It's just not enough RAM in 2024 especially because the RAM also acts like vRAM.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >notebook computer vs a glorified nintendo switch.

          ok. I guess OP is travelling, so why not add more inconveniences to his computing setup.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >the M1 Macbook Air is $700 at Walmart
        its fricking 1000€ here in Germany what a ripoff. Even the refurb is 900€ I could have sworn it used to be 800.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Really? I paid 1500€ for a new 16/512 m1 air 2 years ago here

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            New model is about the same price for the same specs.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Whatever Acer pile is on sale is generally a good starting starting point. Ive seen Ryzen 3 & 5 models in the sub $400 price range that will be adaquet for day to day use. Only downside is that battery life is still only around 4-7 hours depending on what youre doing.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    thinkpad t480s

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Do not use Microsoft surfaces. They have encrypted drives, and the keys are kept by Microsoft on their cloud. You can only ask for the key, to your computer, if it locks up. If that isn't fricked up I don't know what is.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    for this i think the refurbed m1 air is still a good choice, i got the 8gb m1 air as my first mac and i still use it for travel/daily stuff. ridiculous battery and super light.

    the 8gb ram falls apart if you keep lots of apps and tabs open, however. I've always closed stuff I'm not using so it works for me. I do game development, 3d modelling, coding with jetbrains/vs code, remote server management, writing, browsing. I get more work done with this m1 than I did with my previous thinkpad p50 xeon chunker and the m1 is actually small and light enough to bring places and sit down to with. Another big benefit is being able to pack one charger for my phone and laptop while traveling.

    One substantial negative is I have to be aggressive about keeping data off the device because the min spec 256gb ssd leaves about half of that (~128gb) for you to use once the OS and all its caching expands out. Start installing brew packages/applications and you'll see how little space you have to work with. I've more recently been using vscodes ssh based remote editor to code and compile off my linux server so the footprint is lessened.

    all that said i think the m1 air is one of the best laptops apple ever made. 700$ for one at best buy

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    used macbook

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    TCL Book 14 Go. ARM is the future!
    It even has 4g built-in and runs Windows.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    any used dell from ebay, got mine for like 130 bux , sweet deal detachable keyboard and active stylus and other shit

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    refurbished thinkpad x230

    got one from ebay recently in almost new condition for 90 bucks with new keyboard + battery + 16gb ram + 256ssd + new cmos battery it came to a total of 200 bucks

    you cant so any better these machines are reliable as hell and the 12'6 inch size makes it incredily compact

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    oh, so it's stealth apple advertising season

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