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 The actual content will be less useful as it’ll go out of date in a couple of months!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.