What is the best laptop for writing books and editing photos?

by on April 16, 2013

Q: I will be writing books, journals, and editing photos. I do not want or need internet access. I also dont want or need all of the crapware spyware, or virus protectors that slows everything down when i type. What laptop would best serve the basic need for my situation? Budget under $350

I sure would appreciate a straight answer and not some sales pitch. Thanks

I dont need bells and whistles. All i want is a basic laptop with good battery life and can handle typing and pics. If i dont have it connected to email or internet i shouldnt need the crapware. Right?

7 Responses to “What is the best laptop for writing books and editing photos?”

    Hi Dmartin – What your looking for should be fairly easy to find as word processing does not typically require a lot of processing power. I would suggest getting a little netbook or a smaller laptop that is light and portable.
    You should be able to go with a smaller computer like this. http://www.walmart.com/ip/20604676?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=21486607510&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem . You can find a decent amount of netbooks if you do a google search for “netbook”.

    I would make sure that you get a Windows OS as it would run most of the word processing applications that you may need.
    Also keep in mind that Windows has a built in word processing application but there are better word processing applications out there. Microsoft has a suite of tools called Microsoft Office but you could also go with “Open Office” which is a free version of the suite of tools and usually just as good for what you are trying to do.

    If you need further information or have any additional questions about netbooks please feel free to ask.


    Like bloatware or not it makes your computer cheaper. Companies pay money to have their software pre-installed on your machine.

    The good news is you can easily uninstall all the crapware/bloatware yourself in a few minutes.


    The good news is “You” can easily uninstall all the bloatware. I wouldn’t know where to begin without fear of uninstalling important things that need to be there. Who can do/will do this?


    If you totally don’t want to do it yourself, any local computer repair shop, or retailer that has repair services will be happy to perform this service for you for a fee.


    I have MSWord 2003 on my current HP laptop. Ive moved several times and cant find the disk. Is it possible to move the program ovet to the new laptop?

    Picked as best answer

    Nope. You’ll need the installation media.

    If you need a free alternative, consider:


    or Google Docs https://docs.google.com


    Thank you all for your help and direction. I feel better informed and think i know enough to get what i need to get. I really appreciate the help.