as a (dutch) travelling freelance journalist/editor, I need a new notebook, and I'm looking for advice.
I don't need much, since I won't use my notebook for games or other high-end activities. Basically, I will only use it for writing, text processing, surfing and e-mailing. So I need:
- a decent screen, not too small, since I will be writing on it for about 8 hours a day and don't wanna go blind.
- decent keyboard.
- a long lasting battery and extra batteries - I might be travelling for several days up to a week in places where there's no power at all. Any way to keep that notebook up and running for that long, 8 hrs a day?
- good housing, must be able to stand the heat of the Middle East, the humidity of the rainforest, bullets in Afghanistan, and survive bumpy rides of 40hrs+.
- price: not too expensive, since it will probably not last for long in the way I will use it. Let's say 500 euro's/600 dollars max.
- decent casing to protect it as good as possible.
- wireless internet
Any advice is greatly appreciated!
The Zepto Notus would tick the right boxes except for price. Link in my signature to my review.
If you are travelling in a vehicle then get either get a 12V PSU for your notebook or a small inverter which converts 12V to mains voltage. That way you can charge the battery while on the move. A good, but small, surge protector would also advisable.
A nice sleeve and a padded bag would also be prudent investments. I have worked in the climates you mention and my notebooks have survived, perhaps because I try to avoid chucking them around. In more than one case sweat dripping onto the computer was a hazard. I know from experience that my Dell E6400 (which feels fairly bullet proof) will keep cool in an ambient temperature of 35C. However, that's also well beyond your budget but take a look at my review (link below).