I have never owned a brand new computer of any kind. My current desktop is old and rebuilt by my tech savvy step-father. Not to bad mouth his skills, I’m faced with a plague of issues. Always worried it’s going to crash and what the down time will mean to me, writing wise, I’m the type of writer who prefers pen and paper over word processors, but at some time the computer will play a factor in the writing process.
A few weeks ago, I received word I would be given a substantial amount of money for my hard blogging work. I caught myself getting a little excited because it meant I could buy a new computer. It meant all my old worries would go out the door. Thus, the comparison shopping began. There’s a lot to consider when buying a new laptop: screen size, RAM, CD burner, USB ports, etc. Do you plan to play games on it? Watch DVDs or play CDs? All will play a factor in your decision.
You can find a more in-depth explanation for features writers should look for in articles via a Google search. Graeme Houston penned one for Absolute Write called A Guide to Laptops for Writers. It doesn’t hurt to ask your fellow writers for suggestions and advice on the matter as well.
My quest for a new laptop ended with a huge setback, leaving me with future computer battles. What computer would you recommend for writers? Why?