The Best Laptops for Different Kinds of Freelancers


The freelance industry is booming with one-third of Americans freelancing during the pandemic, which was a 22% increase from 2019. However, according to CNBC, this increase of freelancers is also due to the influx of professionals who seek more flexible alternatives to traditional employment. Our article on ‘6 Unusual Side Hustles You May Not Have Heard Of’ lists some examples of side hustles that can be made into full-time freelancing, such as doing voiceovers and freelance writing.

Regardless of what you plan to try, being a freelancer entails having your own equipment — and the most important thing you’ll need is a good laptop. But you’ll need to find one with the right requirements for your tasks. Here are some laptops you can consider depending on your job:

For freelancers who are always on-the-go

If you’re the type of freelancer who’s also a digital nomad, you’ll need a laptop that’s lightweight so it’s not a hassle to bring everywhere. However, you’ll also want a model that has a good battery life and performance so you can work for a long time if you have to use it while traveling. Consider trying the Apple MacBook Air 2020, which is featured on Adorama’s selection of computers. Despite a thin and light design, it has a battery life of 11 hours and contains Apple’s fastest CPU. Which means it is the ultimate freelance laptop for the modern digital nomad.

For freelancers working in graphic design

Graphic design calls for a high-quality graphics card and processor in order to handle graphically intensive applications without you laptop slowing down. A great display and bigger capacity RAM helps the laptop process tasks faster. The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a 2-in-1 laptop that lets you use it either as a laptop or tablet. It has Intel’s 8th gen quad core i7, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, and 16GB of RAM. There’s no lag between the touchscreen pen hitting the screen and the appearance of the illustration, giving users a smooth design experience.

For freelancers who are into photo/video editing

Laptops for editing would preferably have six or eight processor cores, at least 16GB of RAM, and a good GPU. The New York Times’ selection of laptops features the Dell XPS 15 9500 – which has Intel’s latest Comet Lake-H processor and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti. With almost 10 hours of battery life and a max RAM of 64GB, this laptop is definitely powerful enough to handle whatever you throw at it.

For freelancers who program

When you’re testing a program or code, the last thing you want is a laptop that lags. Aside from a good processor, you’ll also need a lot of memory and storage. The HP Spectre x360 has a powerful 11 gen Intel Core i7, a max of 16GB RAM, and an SSD of 2TB. It also has an impressive battery life of almost 13 hours with intensive use. A large keyboard will also let you type out code quite comfortably.

For freelancers who just need a laptop

Sometimes, your job doesn’t need fancy specs, and you really just need something you can work with. The Dell Inspiron 15.6-inch Touchscreen has 8GB of RAM, an Intel i3 dual-processor, and 128GB SSD. The specs aren’t as impressive as the others on the list, but it can handle your work if you’re freelancing as a writer, accountant, or social media handler.