Laptop??? WiFi charges

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Laptop??? WiFi charges

1. Posted by Moley05 (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey, I am wondering if I should take a mini laptop to Oz. I am going travelling for up to a year and thought it would be easier to sort out things on net with my own laptop and more secure. Also cheaper if WiFi is free in hostels etc????? Also will be able to store photo's etc on it.......

I was thinking of getting the Asus Eeepc.... as it is very small and portable...... Is this a good idea??????

Thanks Jamie

2. Posted by Jabels (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

im thinking of doing exactly the same with the laptop i have at the moment as il be running a web site while im out there. Im still in two minds however due to the fact that its 1000 pounds worth of kit and whilst traveling i dont know how safe that would be. As for wifi i dont know i dont mind paying for it if needs be but im hoping i mite be able to hitch onto wireless network here or there.

3. Posted by emylou101 (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Yep me to, have decided defo to take laptop with me to check out hostels and their reviews, distances i'm intending to travel, google map, the list is endless insn't it?

I've read a many reviews and it seems the IBM thinkpad is the most robust (check out PCPro), closely follwed by Toshiba Tecra 9000 or 9100. I nearly went for Dell D400 until I read it's downfall was not having an internal CD/DVD drive and dissapointing batterylife (these seem the most popular little 14" laptops)

I'm going for a reconditioned jobby on the net - i figure it will less tempting for a thief if it's not shiny and new!;)

4. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I have a wireless card for my laptop. Most of the carriers have them now and they're cheap and very, very convenient.
Some McDonalds (McCafe) have free wireless, as do some hotels...but with your own card it works almost everywhere.
3 mobile have / had them going cheap. 1GB for $15/ mth
Vodafone had them for 5GB $49 mth.
I think they all have them....they are the way to go....if you want to be able to use whenever/ wherever