Freelance Web Copywriters: How to Choose A Laptop for Your “Mission Control”

When your income is driven by a notebook sized computer or smaller you need to make sure you’re choosing the right mini Mission Control.

Eating Mexican for Lunch?

The biggest concern is how bad will be the sting of the cost for this new laptop? Here’s the key question: Are you eating Mexican for lunch and ramen noodles for dinner? If that’s descriptive of the diet you’re keeping then understandably cost is an issue.

But the options for getting a laptop as cracker-jack tool have expanded exponentially and with those options the price ranges as well. Truth: you could buy a laptop for well under $300 and that’s fully loaded with what you need to earn an income online as a writer. The new cadre of netbooks and mini notebooks are making a killing in the marketplace. Take a look at the Dell Inspiron Minis selling for about $350.

Step 1: Evaluate your budget constraints, but make sure to prioritize the VALUE of this new laptop. Consider the possible ROI and see if you can’t loosen up the hinges on that wallet just a bit.

What Are Your Deepest Desires?

So your practical mind wants to just use this new laptop for copywriting, like for business. But there’s another chunk of your gray matter thinking that you might dream of using it for your music, for possible web design, for making videos and much more swirling in the back of your head.

Get real with what level of battle this new laptop will have to endure, cuz it’s sure not going to simply be email and Word documents.

Step 2: Get real with your laptop desires.

The family of Mac laptops, including the MacBook ($999) with a 13.3” display and 160 GB harddrive, MacBook Pro (starting at $1199) in 13”, 15”, and 17” powerhouse models, and the ultra-thin aluminum wrapped MacBook Air ($1499)—all are super choices for power-users and pros pretending to only buy a laptop for “writing” purposes. These are big enough to handle music, photos, buckets of Word files, and even some design, and include built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and webcam. They are also some of the greener laptops on the market…recyclable materials and fewer toxic components left glowing along abandoned roadsides 2000 years from now.

The Macs are nearly impermeable to many of the viruses, spyware and malware that plague PC users, see little of the Genius-guys at the Apple support desk, throw none of those annoying system errors also common sights to PC users, and generally take a licking and keep on ticking.

“Like Carrying a Cinder Block with a Crappy Battery…”

If you do a lot of traveling or grabbing your laptop and heading to the library or coffee shop then weight matters. Flying or traveling then uptime productivity matters, including WiFi and battery life.

Step 3: Get your hands on a few laptops in different sizes and shapes and price points. Compare features and weigh benefits. Check out the warranties, technical specs that list battery life, and weight, memory and hard-drive size. All of these specs can contribute to productivity, which to a freelance web copywriter really means income.