Digital Nomad Tips | Hewlett-Packard


Hewlett-Packard offers lower end series of laptops that have decent features, are relatively lightweight, and are much lower priced than a comparable Macbook Pro or Dell machine. In their default configurations, Hewlett-Packard (HP) laptops aren’t the best choice for digital nomads (they lack the durability and quality of heavy travel), however they are a viable option for people still making the transition. It’s a good idea to learn how to fix and maintain your equipment. Learn how to repair flat LCD screens through an online LCD monitor repair course made for anyone of any technical skill level.

In other words, people who aren’t completely location independent but need to be occasionally, travel often, or take business trips several times a year. The 3 HP class laptops to consider are their Mini, Ultra-Portable, and Performance lines. We’ve broken them down to the basics for you below.

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The primary advantage of this line of HP laptops is their small size and low prices. Generally ultra-small laptops aren’t a good choice for a digital nomad’s primary computer, but if you can afford to have a good backup an HP Mini is a good choice. Below is a good middle ground configuration if you plan on adding a second laptop to your primary one.

The HP Minis are equipped with small solid state drives that are very durable because they have no moving parts but can be upgraded to conventional 160GB hard drives.

  • Size: 10.1 inch monitor, 2.33 lbs
  • 1.66 GHz Intel Atom processor N270
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 16GB (Solid State Drive Flash Module)

Hewlett-Packard Ultra Portable and Performance Series Compared

The HP Ultra-Portable series are their most conventional laptop line and are priced lower than comparable Dells since they are equipped with AMD processors. AMDs are well designed chips but the ones found on a standard HP laptop have slower processing times than the Intel chips that come with most Dell laptops.

Recommended HP Ultra-Portable Laptop Configuration

  • AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Processor
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM
  • 160GB HDD
  • SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW

HP Performance Laptop Advice

The HP Performance laptops are heavier and constructed of slightly cheaper materials than the Macbook Pros, which also run about ~$1,000. I wouldn’t recommend getting an HP Performance, especially when you can get a better laptop, often for less from Dell.

The only cost advantage of the HP Performance series is the larger built-in storage, around 250GB hard drive space, and some other features like Blue-ray DVD players. While these features are nice, storage space is very cheap and can be expanded easily, and Blue-ray isn’t central to getting work done for most folks. If you are in the over-$1,000 price range, go with a Dell or consider paying a bit more for a Macbook Pro.

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