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27/02/2009 – Space Saving Packing Tip : Choosing Your Travel Laptop
Lets face it, we all like a larger screen to view our photos, movies, and graphics or to multiple spread sheets. Between my two laptops I find my 15″ Apple PowerBook is great for editing due to the space available to view images, on the other hand I often despise traveling with the 15″ Powerbook and favour the 13″ Apple MacBook (previously I traveled with two very well abused…I mean loved…12″ Apple PowerBooks).
When choosing a laptop for travel there is a lot of give-and-take in the choice selection.
On one hand a larger laptop offer more screen space, a larger pad to wrest your palms, often even a larger keyboard. The downside to a larger laptop is usually a diminished battery life, more space dedicated to the laptop in your bag and often a higher likely hood of damaging the laptop due to tourquing it in such a way that your screen won’t close evenly.
On the other hand, a smaller laptop offers an easier ability to work in a tight space (such as in an airplane seat), a longer batter life and a more versatile option when packing. The cons to a smaller laptop are obvious, the screen in smaller.
Obviously not everyone has two laptops, however many photographers, videographers and business travelers have access to either two laptops or a laptop and a desktop. If you travel on a regular basis, or plan on travelling, consider a smaller laptop. The space saved, and battery life increase, can be significant, and fee up not only packing space, but allow for alternative and more effective travel bags. A smaller bag for travel is can not only be easier to get around with, but lighter as well!
Below is a photo of my 15″ PowerBook and 13″ MacBook for a comparison of the significant size difference.