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Good Laptops for Traveling
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Good Laptops for Traveling
I'm in the market for a new laptop that I'm going to take with me to Asia when I move.

You guys already in Asia or Eastern Europe/elsewhere or who are planning to go there, do you use a laptop or a regular PC? If the former, do you recommend any brands?

I don't think I'm gonna try to bring my PC, even if I can take it apart. Don't really want to buy a new monitor and speakers and everything. And a tablet isn't sufficient enough for me.
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07-27-2014, 09:43 AM
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RE: Good Laptops for Traveling
Ive always liked dell. 5yr old laptop still going strong, replaced the battery once and the charger a couple times. Havent had to replace anything in 2years and I use it alot. Never liked toshiba. Many people will tell you to buy a mac, not sure if its because they jerk off to apple products or macs are really that good. Personally never liked them.
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RE: Good Laptops for Traveling
get a macbook air or 13' macbookpro for your main everyday rig.

then get a ipad air for general travel.
07-27-2014, 11:18 PM
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RE: Good Laptops for Traveling
I like dell too, bought an hp laptop a year ago, started fucking up exactly one year to day since I bought it.

For my work I don't need much processing power as it's all Web browsing, but does need to be lightweight.

Paid 300 pounds for my current one
07-27-2014, 11:42 PM
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RE: Good Laptops for Traveling
I use my computer a lot, and I personally am more productive with a full-sized keyboard and monitor vs a regular laptop. I travel with a small 7 kgs desktop, it has a mini ITX motherboard. I got two SSD in RAID 0, this machine about as powerful as a Mac Pro (Desktop) but 1/3 the price. I believe the Mac Pro could also fit in carry-on luggage. The Intel NUC (aka BRIX) desktops look interesting. I have a super slim monitor that fits in my checkin suitcase.

If you want very small, check out macbook air or the surface pro 3.
07-28-2014, 01:45 AM
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RE: Good Laptops for Traveling
Good stuff. Thanks for the input, everyone.

I'm actually looking into getting a Dell and it'd be my first choice. A Dell XPS 15 Touch. Seems to be a solid product, but a bit expensive.
07-28-2014, 01:40 PM
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RE: Good Laptops for Traveling
Dells are a decent choice as I've owned many of them and thy have been solid companions for work.

I think macs are awesome but there is a bit of a learning curve with them.

If you're going through checkpoints, value your privacy, cringe at thieves taking your belongings, staying in hostels, etc. get a cheap dell of of eBay that's factory refurbished for $400-$500. I would advise against carrying around a $2000 MacBook unless your budget can sustain the theft or loss of a laptop like that.

Correct me if I'm wron but you really can't get a modern quality MacBook even as a throwaway laptop for less than a $1000, right?

There are tons of Dells for $500 that are disposable.

My take is get a pimped out MacBook for fun at home and a cheap dell for travel and work. It seems like most offices use pc- so go dell. Although I do like macs better due to their vast creative potential as I'm a musician I can see the value if using pcs for work.
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07-31-2014, 07:20 PM
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RE: Good Laptops for Traveling
Lenovo Think Pads (former IBM) are still a strong go. The Yoga Ultrabooks are small yet capable. Quite good security features, too - important for some countries like China. You should be able to find some used models for a reasonable price. They actually last quite some time.

If you decide on a Dell, check the net if it has got heat issues. My big Vostro is a superb desktop replacement - yet the model is a total mess if it comes to heat. Wouldn't want to go to Asia with it and risk blowing the mainboard once you need some power... The XPS should be ok, though.

In general: What laptop you buy depends on what you need to work. Doing some Photoshop? Buy a big and brilliant screen with a high color range. Otherwise: Small and robust.

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I'm also in the market. I use an Acer S7 which is their top of the line but it sucks, I have to restart the computer because the wifi dies (driver issues, was not able to fix it for 2 years) and recently the fan has problems and the computer randomly dies on me. Battery life sucks. I'm going to get a Lenovo I think, my main priority is going to be battery time so I can work long when flying / out in a coffeeshop and not worry about power issues.

If you find something good let me know.
08-01-2014, 01:20 AM
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RE: Good Laptops for Traveling
Remember that encryption is illegal in some countries

wiki:

In some countries, even the domestic use of cryptography is, or has been, restricted. Until 1999, France significantly restricted the use of cryptography domestically, though it has since relaxed many of these rules. In China and Iran, a license is still required to use cryptography.[44] Many countries have tight restrictions on the use of cryptography. Among the more restrictive are laws in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Singapore, Tunisia, and Vietnam.[45]
well, I'm pretty sure North-Korea, Eritrea, Cuba and other utopias as well ..
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Security is not necessarily encryption of data... but not every idiot at customs needs to have access to your computer...

And if you really need to carry something encrypted with you, put all the mess in one file and make sure it looks like a large system file from windows. Uninstall encryption software before entering customs. As a tourist noone will do a deep system scan on your laptop.

Best thing today is you don't have anything to hide... or if you have, you don't hide but just put it on the shelf - literally. Maybe you rename some documents to "health insurance" or whatever you have on your drive...
08-06-2014, 08:31 AM
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Also careful with porn 'n shit, not always legal. Btw, they tried to refuse my ex entrance to the US, because she had a dildo in her bag.

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08-06-2014, 08:46 AM
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the bets for me is definitely a mac book air 13
but not sure if its the one with the best value.. prolly not...
08-07-2014, 09:13 AM
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I don't like tablets at all, but I hope to travel around two world within two years from now and it would actually be handy, because it's small and doesn't weigh a lot .. I'd go for an android thingy with attachable keyboard of like 250 - 300 euro max
08-08-2014, 02:32 AM
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