14th January 2013

A key bit of kit for any traveler these days is the laptop. As a mountain biker, I had very specific requirements for a laptop…It had to be light and tough enough to go in my backpack while biking. I reckoned the risk of me landing on it was smaller than the risk of it being stolen from the tent while I was on a down-hill. 

Also it had to 

  • Be powerful enough to do video editing 
  • Be compatible with software for GPX editing (sadly ruling out Android tablets)
  • Have a battery life long enough to survive up to a week away from power supplies
  • Be tough – which suggests no hard drives:  just solid state. 

Now I guess all travelers have different requirements, but I thought I’d share with you how I assessed the options in case the method is useful. The actual content will be less useful as it’ll go out of date in a couple of months! Have a look at the spreadsheet  which I drew up…once you’ve done the analysis you just look at whatever has the most green.

Published by jhalstead1

This is my blog of my trip around Spain, off road, on my mountain bike. The story is told in full in my book "Three Wheels on my Bicycle", available on Amazon in Kindle or hardback.

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