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The 5 Best and Most Durable Laptops for Travel

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

If you are going abroad, you may want to consider leaving your laptop at home. It's safer there than on the road with you. However, if you are planning to stay abroad for a long while you might want to have one. Perhaps your a travel blogger or freelance who moves from country to country living the dream. You will definitely need your laptop to continue making money to continue living the dream.

Maybe you are working abroad and need a way to stay in touch with family and friends, it comes in handy there too. Whatever the reason you need it for, you need it. However, travel is tough on electronics. Things get jostled around, bumped, maybe even rubbed the wrong way. Travel is a good way to break your high-tech expensive laptop, so you may want to have a second more durable model.

Good news, though!

Durable laptops are often fairly cheap. So you do not have to spend a fortune to get yourself one. Though, to be fair, there are some real top of the line models on this list that are a bit pricey. However, you pay for the durability. If you are going to be climbing mountains with your laptop, the top of the line models could definitely withstand it.

durable laptops for travel

When shopping for a durable laptop for travel, you need to put durability above all else. However, some freelancers like graphic artists need laptops with a little more "umpf!" than the average netbook has to offer.

So it is important to look at the specs of what you are buying and compare them to what you need.

For example, the system specifications to run Adobe Photoshop are:

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1. Adobe® Creative Suite® 5.5 and CS6 applications also support Windows 8. See the CS6 FAQ for more information about Windows 8 support.*
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 1 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)

If you need to run that as well as Adobe Illustrator, you will need a laptop with those specifications or preferably better.

Getac B300 Base Model Rugged Notebook PC Laptop
Amazon Price: $3,800.00 $3,491.00 Buy Now
(price as of Apr 19, 2013)
This is the big daddy of durable travel laptops. I mean, just look at it! Does this laptop not scream "Just try and break me against a wall!"

Of course, you probably should not try, but it is taunting you. Getac is the go to brand of durable travel laptops for scientists who have to. It does look like something you would see a geologist on top of a Volcano analyzing data on when he realizes that big mountain is going to blow in five hours and destroy the nearby town.

However, this bad boy isn't all just looks. It sports a pretty fair 13 inch screen as well as 2 GB of RAM. It also has an i7 Intel processor and a 250 GB hard drive.

The specs are pretty standard, not spectacular, but it's the average you will find in most cheap durable laptops. The only difference is this on is by far the sturdiest.
Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5230 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)
Amazon Price: $799.99 Buy Now
(price as of Apr 19, 2013)
Toshiba Satellite is a brand I personally recommend for anyone in want of a laptop. I had one that was a hand-me-down before college and it made it all the way through college. It survived all the horrible terrible things that I recklessly put it through and it survived me taking it apart no less than five times to clean it and replace some things.

When it did die, it was duct taped together like Dr. Frankenstien's Monster. I digress, though. Toshiba Satellite laptops are the sturdiest laptops you can get with the "umpf!" you need to do graphic design or even play a game or too when you are waiting at the airport.

This particular laptop comes with a 15 inch screen, 4 GBs of RAM (though it has room for 8 GBs if you are handy),an AMD Duel core 1.4 Ghz processor, a 320 GB hard drive, and a AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics.

That may all be gibberish to you, but it is the best specs you will find on a laptop on this list. You can't bang a Toshiba Satellite against a wall, but you can jostle and bump your way around the crowded streets of Beijing with it.
Dell XPS XPS13-40002sLV 13-Inch Ultrabook (Silver)
Amazon Price: $999.99 $659.00 Buy Now
(price as of Apr 19, 2013)
A lot of people swear by Dell for laptop durability. lately, a lot of travelers have found the Dell XPS series to their liking. It's thin, compact and very hard to break. Unlike thinner models, like MacBooks for example, you can drop a few things on these laptops and not have anything break on you.

It doesn't have the performance of the Toshiba Satellite, but it will do for writing, reading, and using the internet. It also boasts a nice long six hour battery life, something that is important for the person on the go.

The Dell XPS has a 13 inch screen, a 1.6 Ghz i5 intel core processor, 4 GBs of RAM, and a 128 GB hard drive.

Again, the specs won't wow, but they will do. With it's thin construction, everything is much more compact inside which makes for a very sturdy little laptop.
New Acer C7 C710-2847 Chromebook 11.6" Intel Dual Core B847 1.1 GHz 2GB DDR3 320GB 5400RPM HDD Wifi HDMI USB3.0 VGA Card Reader
Amazon Price: $224.99 Buy Now
(price as of Apr 19, 2013)
Acer has a great reputation from making sturdy little netbooks, so this laptop comes from good stock. It has decent specs and a bigger hard drive than all the other models, so you can store all your pictures from your trip on there with ease.

In my opinion, this is probably the most breakable of all the laptops on this list. However, it can withstand being carried around airports, but you might want to leave this one in your hotel room if you go gallivanting around town.

This nice little laptop sports a 11 inch screen, a 320 GB hard drive, 2 GBs of RAM, and a 1.1 Ghz dual core processor. Like I said, big hard drive, but the specs don't exactly wow the pants off people.
Panasonic Toughbook 53 - Core i5 2520M / 2 CF-53AAGZX1M
Amazon Price: $1,695.00 Buy Now
(price as of Apr 19, 2013)
To end our list, another big tough "climb a mountain with you" type of laptop. This time a toughbook from Panasonic. This one is not quite as tough looking as the Getec bad boy, but it is just as tough. It even has an awesome carrying handle.

I find this laptop more recommended than the Getec because it is just as durable, has more power, and costs significantly less. All of those are great things in terms of a laptop that will scrap along with you around the world.

This little gem has a 14 inch screen, and i5 2.50 Ghz processor, 320 GB hard drive, and a nice solid 4 GBs of RAM. So long story short, it has a good amount of storage and is really quite fast. So if you intend to write from the top of Everest, this will be a fine and loyal companion.


Mar 19, 2013 1:18am
durability is so important - i often don't bring my current laptop out because i'm afraid something will happen to it. very good guide, thanks.
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