On the other hand are increasingly popular ultra books. These are super thin and weigh a fraction of what the bigger laptops weigh. Plus they typically have quick start up times and good battery life. However they do cost more and leave out bulky options like disk drives or extra input slots, so you will need external drives in order to use them. Both of these options are great depending on your lifestyle and needs.
Other options include: netbooks. These ultra portable little computers are going out of fashion. Tiny computers were cool, but the miniature keyboards were difficult to type with (much less to make a living with as a writer) and they just weren’t as cool as tablets or smartphones.
Tablets. Tablets are a workable solution if you buy a case with built in keyboard. But the keys may still be cramped and the tablet often doesn’t have the work potential of a real computer. Just get a laptop.
Smartphones with keyboards. Possible—but just barely. While this option is super portable it is hard to type on a screen so small and hauling the keyboard everywhere eliminates the portability benefit.
Writers also need to think about what type of printer they need, and this all depends what they are doing. A small home office inkjet printer is adequate for those who mostly work from email and only occasionally need to print files off. A larger laserjet is for those who do have more substantial printing needs. All in one printers are good for those who have a lot of images they need to scan or copy—and that utility may even be worth some printing performance.