Cheap but usable travel laptops?

Amazon / Eng Camacho'20
Jun 21 9 Comments

I'm travelling and backpacking Europe and SE Asia for a few months and need a recommendation for a cheap but usable laptop.

I need something cheap because there's a high likelihood of it getting damaged or stolen in hostels.

I'll mainly be using it for coding (maybe some freelance work), booking flights, etc


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TOP 9 Comments
  • Boeing ySWB75
    Cheapest computer is the one you don’t have to pay for. Work laptop.
    Jun 21 1
    • Amazon / Eng Camacho'20
      Sorry if it wasn't clear from my post, I left my job, but will try and find contract gigs in a few months
      Jun 21
  • Oath Atinlay2
    Can’t you go backpacking without a laptop??? WTF just unplug for a bit, it will do you good.
    Jun 21 1
    • Amazon / Eng Camacho'20
      I intend to do this, but I left my job, so I'll need to do some work in a few months to keep going
      Jun 21
  • New / Eng

    New Eng

    Jun 21 0
  • Gap / Eng randUser

    You don't need a laptop for backpacking though. Every hostel has a computer of sorts and use your phone to book flights lol
    Jun 21 0
  • HBO


    Username is an insult for Jonah Ryan (Veep!) that didn’t make it to air.
    There’s a good change your laptop is going to be fine. Just use lockers, keep it with you when traveling, etc.

    ~13” 2013 MBP Retina or similar will feel pro at $500 or less.. more durability than lower-end plastic PCs..
    Jun 21 0
  • Meetup q83z72
    5 year old used MacBook Air on eBay. (Source: my primary non-work computer is a 5 year old MacBook Air and it runs all my devtools wonderfully)
    Jun 21 0
  • New / IT ComTеch
    Mhmmm, heeeey get work to spring for the new x1 yoga 3. Supports charging from usbc battery packs.
    Jun 21 0