Travel laptop

Up until today, our primary household computer has been a Lenovo Thinkpad X-series convertible that I bought for school in 2010. It still works, but it’s getting slow and the battery is on its last legs. Also, there is a ghost in the keyboard.

It’s not a cool ghost that types deep or ominous stuff when you aren’t looking, or a scary ghost that makes moaning noises late at night while you’re watching Netflix, or even a mischievous ghost that clicks the “I want to receive notifications about special offers.” checkbox when you create throwaway accounts in order to leave a poorly thought out comment on a news website comments section or forum.

It’s an annoying ghost that might just be a flax seed. It moves randomly from key to key; one day the “h” doesn’t work properly and you have to hammer it three times to get a “hello” and not seem like you’re trying to type phonetically in a Dick Van Dyke Mary Poppins accent, the next day it’s the “0” and you can’t enter your bank card number.

Every once in a while I rip a key off and blow into the keyboard like it was a Nintendo cartridge… no luck with that repair yet.

Vero and I have been debating what to take with us travelling. She wants a tablet, I want a laptop. When I found the ASUS Flip Chromebook, I thought I had a perfect compromise. I pitched the idea, sold it as hard as I could, and she said “Ok buy it, but I’m taking the ipad as well anyway.” Oh well, at least it’s a mini.

I flip-flopped back and forth on the issue until I realized one day that there were no Flips left at Bestbuy, then I panicked and ordered one off Amazon.

So far so good. It is amazingly thin and light and kind of feels like one of those old-timey aluminum lunch trays you get sometimes at A&W. Seriously though, aluminum all around, good keyboard.

The wifi reception is a little weak though, weaker than my phone or our current old laptop, so I’m thinking of getting some kind of booster… I’ll have to do some research.

The thing I’ll have to get used to is the lack of onboard storage. I think we’ll either take an external hard drive with us, or maybe just a 128 GB USB drive. Because it’s a Chromebook, Google offers 100 GB of free storage for two years on Google Drive, so that helps but if you don’t have internet access you have to sync the Drive folder to the computer… but you don’t have onboard storage. Hmmm.

To be continued…


I am a world-travelling, long distance runner previously disguised as a high-voltage engineer and now masquerading as a travel blogger.