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Best Outdoor Laptops

Best Outdoor Laptop – Buying Guide

Brightness

Regarding display brightness, what you want is pretty straightforward: the higher the better, it will make use much easier even in the most sparkling, glittered light-setting. Most standard laptops produce around 200-300 nits brightness level, which isn’t really going to work outdoors. For working in sunny, reflective conditions, you should aim for at least 350 nits or higher. 

Panel finish

The screen’s panel finishing is the other significant factor for outdoor-friendly laptop displays. If your laptop’s screen is too glossy, you’re not going to have a good time working or reading, outside in the sunlight.

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

1. Dell XPS 15 9500


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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″
Weight:4 lbs.
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)
Chassis:Aluminum
Price:(32GB RAM, 1TB SSD) $1707.00

2.Lenovo ThinkPad T490s


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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″
Weight:0.77 lbs.
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

3. Microsoft Surface Book 3


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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″
Weight:7.79 lbs.
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)
Chassis:Magnesium
Price:(32GB Memory – 1TB SSD) $2,399.00

4. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

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Yoga X1

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″
Weight:3 lbs.
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)
Chassis:Aluminum
Price:(8GB RAM 512GB SSD) $1,279.00

5. Apple Macbook Pro

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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″
Weight:3.53 lbs.
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)
Chassis:Aluminum
Price:(16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) $1,936.92

6. Samsung Notebook 9

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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″
Weight:2.84 lbs.
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) 
Chassis:magnesium aluminum
Price:(16GB RAM | 256GB SSD) $989.00

7. Apple Macbook Air (2020)

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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″
Weight:2.8 lbs.
CPU:Apple M1 chip; 8-core
Graphics:7 or 8-core Apple GPU
Battery:‎1 Lithium Polymer battery (up to 18 hours)
Chassis:Aluminum
Price:(8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) $979.00

GENERAL FAQS

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.

Ryan Kieft
Ryan Kiefthttps://laptoploop.com
Ryan is the editor and co-founder of LaptopLoop.com. He has extensively covered the consumer tech world, as a reporter, analyst, and researcher since 2001. In his spare time, he spends time programming, learning new ideas, and debating current issues. A graduate of the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut University, Ryan has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a certificate from General Assembly in NYC.
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