Minimal Configuration for Modern Laptops

[UPDATE: I have moved to a Lenovo ideapad laptop – also only $199 at Best Buy. No idea why, amazing laptop! New post about this soon]

At some point in 2014 during a visit back here in the U.S. we picked up some clearance sale laptops at BestBuy. My HP touchscreen and the wife’s Toshiba were both 15″” and at great prices. They have both performed well and handled the upgrade to Windows 10 admirably. However, now that we are preparing to move back to Mexico it seems like a good time for an upgrade. We have acquired two off-brand Chinese laptops that drop the spinning hard drive and any CD/DVD tray in exchange for quieter, cooler running, longer battery life, less bulk and less weight. This would probably be a good place to insert a small table ­čÖé

 Spec HP 15-r017dx Chuwi 15.6 Lapbook
Weight 5.34 lb. 4.1 lb.
Thickness 1.01 in. 0.86 in.
Resolution 1366×768 1920×1080
CPU i3 Dual 1.7Ghz x5 Quad 1.44Ghz
Battery 2800 mAh 10000 mAh
Storage 750GB 64GB
 Spec Toshiba Chuwi 12.3 Lapbook
Weight 5.4 lb. 3.08 lb.
Thickness 1.27 in. 0.3 in.
Resolution 1366×768 2736×1824
CPU i3 Dual 2.5Ghz Celeron Quad 1.1Ghz
Battery 4000 mAh 8000 mAh
Storage 750GB 64GB

So one of the main tradeoffs is hard drive space. This means a transition to small USB or MicroSD cards for storage. Not a problem, actually. Backups in the cloud. All good!

For document editing Microsoft Office has a *large* footprint. Even LibreOffice comes in at anywhere from 800mb to over a Gigabyte. I have opted for FreeOffice, which clocks in at a measly 163MB! Not only did I save space, but I saved $75 on my refunded Office365 subscription. One side effect of this change was a drastic reduction in the available storage on OneDrive, which also impacted my OneNote storage space. So I replaced both of them! My new cloud storage (at least for text and spreadsheet and PDF documents) is hosted on┬áHostISO.com┬áand stored in the NextCloud app which syncs with my USB thumb drive. My new web clipper for articles I want to read later is Wallabag, which I am running on my Raspberry Pi. For organizing/tagging I am testing TagSpaces. So lighter, smaller, leaner, meaner laptops and more control over my own files and data – what’s not to love?

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