Working while commuting can save you a heck of a time, in some case adding 15 hours to carry out purposeful activities. Preparing reports, reading emails or just watching movies in the train or the tube without any interruption, pressure or stress is a boon for many of us enjoy.
It is therefore not surprising that more and more firms are looking for laptops that not only fits the bill but is also comfortable to work through long journeys.
A good commuting laptop is one which combines a powerful but frugal processor, a high battery capacity, a sturdy finish, a webcam, embedded 3G modem, a matte screen to keep away curious eyes and packed in a compact form factor.
We opted for the Dell Vostro V13 laptop which we reviewed here. It is not only gorgeous and surprisingly light but also ticks all the boxes except for the built-in 3G modem and the screen.
You can stay connected with a 3G broadband modem but we'd strongly suggest to users to try the modems and check the coverage by investing in PAYG broadband packages.
It is a tedious and expensive process but at least you won't get stuck in a two year contract with a modem or a service you can hardly use. Keep an eye on the wireless broadband speed and users are welcomed to check the tethering options that some internet service providers offer, one which negates the use of any 3G modem, allowing you to use your smartphone via Bluetooth, to connect to the internet.
We'd also suggest that you invest in a laptop display filter, possibly one that is adhesive to prevent others from reading content on your screen. The flip side is that these filters are difficult to remove and will reduce glare/brightness.
Another trick that we've learnt while commuting is always to sit near the window; it makes typing easier and you can keep your laptop's screen away from prying eyes effortlessly. The additional bonus is that you can look outside and enjoy the view when you're slightly bored with whatever you're doing.
Don't forget to get yourself synced-up; getting yourself a free Dropbox account (up to 2GB) will allow you to synchronise content continuously and Dropbox even allows you to roll back to previous versions of a document if needed. If your laptop gets stolen, is lost or breaks down for some reason, you can always recover your data remotely.
Speaking of life's many imponderable risks, it would be wise to take an insurance for your laptop; there are a number of service providers out there and the cheapest we've seen costs £2.99 per month for laptops up to £600.