Laptops are not only used in offices, they are also handy to use outdoors, while traveling, or at the job site. Of course, outdoor laptops need to be adaptable to the outdoor environment to be suitable.
When it comes using a laptop outdoors, a bright display is one of the most important requirements. A laptop with a bright screen tends to be much easier to use on a sunny day. The brightness for the majority of laptops is around 200-300 nits. For outdoor use, we look for a brightness of 350+ nits to make up for the sunny, reflective conditions.
The majority of laptops on the market feature a glossy display. Glossy screens tend to be difficult to see in sunlight. Matte displays are much easier to to see in bright conditions thanks to their anti-glare coating.
When you are out and about with your laptop, the last thing you want is to lug around concrete block all day. When working on the go, you will be thankful that you chose a portable or slip laptop. Larger laptops are usually bulkier. For example, if you plan on traveling you probably do not want a 17-inch laptop. Laptops screens less than 14-inches are the most ideal for outdoor use.
Sturdy build quality
Working with your laptop outside comes with a lot of potential hazards and challenges. Dust, harsh wind, extreme temperatures and hard sunlight, are all necessary considerations.
Metal bodies are the sturdiest, and a protective case is something we recommend, no matter what kind of laptop you bring outdoors. If you’re looking for dust-damage control, passive cooling features should also be on your list of considerations.
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The Best Outdoor Laptops
This is one of the best laptops available, outside or anywhere. Its anti-glare 500-nit display has anti reflective coating, and the high-powered workhorse is light enough, and sturdy enough, to take outside and work through the sunniest part of the day.
The battery life of the XPS 15 is solid, not great, but it charges quickly.
There is no shortage of accolades we can throw at this machine. You can upgrade to whatever level of top-notch specs at you and your wallet’s discretion and no task is too large for the best outdoor laptop in 2022.
Dell XPS 15 9500 – Specifications
|Display:||15.6″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge non-touch anti-glare 500-Nit display, 16:10 aspect ratio, 0.65% anti-reflective coating,|
|Dimensions:||Height: 0.71″, Width: 13.57″, Depth: 9.06″|
|CPU:||10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H (6 cores) 2.60 GHz – 5.00 GHz|
|Graphics:||GeForce GTX 1650 Ti with 4GB GDDR6 dedicated graphic memory|
|Battery:||3-Cell 56Whr ExpressCharge capable battery (6-7 hours)|
|Price:||(32GB RAM, 1TB SSD) $1707.00|
The battery life alone makes the ThinkPad T490one of the best outdoor laptops on the market. It also has an outstanding display. The 14-inch full HD IPS panel is capable of delivering up to 400 nits of brightness, and it’s also anti-glare. Add in an exceptionally light, carbon fiber chassis and you’ve got one perfectly rounded laptop, which is more than suitable for outdoor use.
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s – Specifications
|Display:||14″ FHD (1920×1080, 400 nits) IPS, anti-glare with IR Camera Display|
|Dimensions:||12.95″ x 8.9″ x 0.67″|
|CPU:||Intel core i7-8565U quad-core 1.80GHz- 4.60GHz|
|Graphics:||Intel UHD Graphics 620,|
|Battery:||Lithium ion (20 hours)|
|Chassis:||Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP)|
|Price:||(8GB RAM, 1TB PCIe-NVMe SSD) $1.,348.00|
Microsoft altered its approach to display quality in a big way back with the launch of the original Surface Book in 2015, and have since gone on to deliver some of the best displays in the PC industry.
The Surface Book 3 is available in two touch screen sizes; you can choose between the 13-inch or 15-inch model. The display quality is terrific, with 3260×2160 pixels of resolution and 402 nits of brightness. Its 2 lithium ion batteries successfully deliver over 17 hours per charge.
Additional features include tablet mode, and stylus-pen connectivity
Microsoft Surface Book 3 – Specifications
|Display:||15″ 3240 x 2160 UHD, 402 nits, touchscreen|
|Dimensions:||13.5″ x 0.9″ x 9.87″|
|CPU:||10th Gen i7 Intel Core 1.3 GHz apple_ci7|
|Graphics:||NVIDIA GTX GeForce GPU.|
|Battery:||2 Lithium ion batteries (up to 17.5 hours)|
|Price:||(32GB Memory – 1TB SSD) $2,399.00|
4. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2-in-1 laptop delivers a powerhouse combination of performance, responsiveness, battery life, and stunning visuals. 11th Gen Intel Core i5 delivers an exceptional experience, even outside in the sun.
The X1 Yoga also has great battery life at around 15 hours- something we’re always excited to report.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga – Specifications
|Display:||14.0″ FHD (1920×1080 400 nits) anti-glare touchscreen|
|Dimensions:||8.8″ x 12.4″ x 0.59″|
|CPU:||11th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-1135G7 (2.4GHz – 4.2GHz )|
|Graphics:||Integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics|
|Battery:||4 Cell li-polymer (15 hours)|
|Price:||(8GB RAM 512GB SSD) $1,279.00|
By now, you’re probably aware of Apple’s legendary Retina display, which is famous for its high-color accuracy, and brightness.
Even when you are working in direct sunlight, Macbook screens provide the sharpest, most vivid picture quality.
If price wasn’t an issue, and it may not be for you, the Apple Macbook Pro would be at (or at least closer to) the top of this list.
With its sturdy, aluminum chassis, Retina display, the Macbook’s extraordinary M1 chip, and top-notch cooling system, the Macbook Pro is easily one of the best outdoor laptops on the market.
Apple Macbook Pro – Specifications
|Display:||14.2-inch, mini-LED, Liquid Retina XDR, (3024 x 1964) 1000 nits – 1600 nits|
|Dimensions:||8.71″ x 12.31″ x 0.61″|
|CPU:||Apple M1 Pro chip (Up to 10-core)|
|Graphics:||Apple 14-core GPU or Apple 16-core GPU|
|Battery:||6 Lithium ion batteries (10 hours)|
|Price:||(16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) $1,936.92|
6. Samsung Notebook 9
The Samsung Notebook 9 comes equipped with 1920×1080 pixels resolution, which supports touch. This laptop is very light, (less than 3 lbs.) and has excellent battery life (up to 15 hours.)
The display on the Notebook 9 offers 500 nits of brightness, and a stylus pen can be used with it.
Also the Samsung Notebook has dual 5Watt speaker, which is backed with AKG amplification and delivers cinematic-quality sound.
One of our favorite features of this high-powered portable machine, is its very reasonable price tag, which is currently under a thousand dollars.
This is definitely one of the best outdoor laptops available!
Samsung Notebook 9 – Specifications
|Display:||13.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 500 nits, touchscreen|
|Dimensions:||12.14″ x 8.13″ x 0.55″|
|CPU:||Intel quad-core i7-8565U, 1.80 GHz – 4.60 GHz,|
|Graphics:||Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Battery:||1 Lithium ion battery (up to 15 hours)|
|Price:||(16GB RAM | 256GB SSD) $989.00|
Take on everything from professional video editing to hardcore gaming with ease. The 8-core Apple M1 chip delivers up to 3.5x faster performance than previous generation Air models, while using way less power.
It’s no surprise that Macbooks check all the boxes. 2020’s Macbook Air is one of the best outdoor laptops, and it has one of the best battery performances on the entire list, at about 18 hours.
Apple Macbook Air (2020 – Specifications)
|Display:||13.3-inch LED (Retina) (2560×1600) 400 nits|
|Dimensions:||11.97″ x 0.63″ x 8.36″|
|CPU:||Apple M1 chip; 8-core|
|Graphics:||7 or 8-core Apple GPU|
|Battery:||1 Lithium Polymer battery (up to 18 hours)|
|Price:||(8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) $979.00|
What can i use to improve my outdoor working experience?
1. Polarized sunglasses.
2. An awning or umbrella.
3. Brimmed hats
4. An anti-glare screen protector for your laptop.
Can I use my laptop in the sun?
Absolutely. However we recommend being mindful of spending too many hours in direct sunlight, with your laptop. Even the most remarkable cooling system doesn’t give you absolute protection from over-heating, so be sure to monitor the warmth of your laptop, regularly.
What temperature is optimal for laptop use?
Most electronics devices which include semiconductor components work best within 50 to 95 degrees F (10-35 degrees C).
Does UV light damage electronics?
No, UV light isn’t harmful to gadgets. However, the plastic body potentially might degrade when exposed to UV light over long periods.