Where does your laptop go with you?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Dec 17, 2004
United Kingdom
I'm just wondering where people take their laptops. Personally my PowerBook goes almost everywhere with me, unless I'm going to somewhere like the supermarket. But if I go into town or go and visit friends/family it goes with me. I won't take it somewhere where it's liable to have to be left alone or where it might get wet or dirty etc. But that's not often I go somewhere like that! But on train journeys etc. it's great for beating boredom.

I was also wondering what peripherals etc. you take with you? I always pack the power adaptor, my iPod and the FireWire cable, a USB pen drive, a set of headphones and my digital camera. It's quite a lot but on occasion I've impressed friends by taking some photos and showing them an iPhoto slideshow, or burning them a CD from iTunes or getting online in a cafe using WiFi or GPRS.

And surprisingly it doesn't weight much either, quite reasonable. Not like my last (PC) laptop which was a real brick and I didn't take that anywhere unless I had to!

I'd like to hear your views :)


macrumors 68000
Mar 6, 2005
When i had an iBook i would take it with me to college, on holiday and other time's i needed it like going to a freinds house, otherwise it would stay parked on my desk....


Moderator emeritus
Mar 10, 2004
Bergen, Norway
I take my iBook everywhere I need it or might need it. University for taking notes, friends for "it-support", family gatherings for genealogy info, short holidays for work/ipod charging and syncing, etc.

(I haven't been on a long holiday since I got my iBook and iPod mini, but I didn't usually bring my Pismo on holidays lasting 1 week or upwards, wouldn't be a holiday if I did. ;))


macrumors 603
I take my iBook most everywhere. I take notes at school, I take it on every out of town trip I take (it's fun finding free wi-fi). I take my charger, iPod & fireware connector, headphones. I've almost given up using my PDA since my iBook is so portable.


macrumors regular
Apr 25, 2005
12" iBook rules

I bring my iBook almost everywhere. First of all, i bring it back and forth between my work and home (since i refuce to use the pc at work) :rolleyes: everyday, so its nice to have a small computer.
Its also nice to bring it to friends, family or downtown to a café.
I totally love it.
No matter how good my future desktop mac will be, i will always use a small laptop.


Jan 18, 2005
my 12" PowerBook just goes between my house and uni, one of the parts i go to is 4 miles away from me but the bus takes an hour (its grim up north? nah, its beautiful, busses just go everywhere though).

its not coming to spain with me when i go for a little 12 day holiday but my grandparents have just bought a house in Poland, all they need is wireless broadband and im moving there :cool:

in comparison; my 15" PC laptop is never leaving this house. its too big and heavy to even consider throwing it into your bag and taking it with you.

and just like ZLurker; i will always use a small laptop rather than a desktop. no matter the power of the bigger computer, small form factors are just beautiful and ive still to find a keyboard as godawesome as my PB's.


macrumors 6502
Aug 20, 2004
I only take my iBook where I'm gonna use it. So mostly work (for the non-work related stuff :cool: ) Friends, family, but that's it. Of course I also use it at home a lot, but then I don't have to take it with me of course (well, not further than the garden anyway :D )


macrumors 65816
Mar 9, 2005
I've found that normally I don't need to take it with me everywhere. When I take it to class for notes, I end up on here lol. My university has wifi pretty much everywhere, Go UMAINE! Anyway lol. But I do take it to most of my New Media courses as I can use it in conjunction with the macs in the lab.


macrumors regular
May 15, 2004
Cville, VA
where do i take mine?

into the deep graduate student dungeons of the Aero-Mech Engineering Building at Virginia...

oh and to my apt, Home home, gf home. i think thats it.


macrumors 68040
Nov 17, 2003
Mainly just to the living room, the coffee shop and thats about it. Usually just take the charger with me. Sometime my bt mouse.


macrumors 6502
Feb 16, 2005
Ontario, CA
everywhere is where it needs to be. work, school, trips, friends houses, parties and anywhere else i frequent. it is truly my digital hub, i use it for watching movies when im on the go, storage for the thousands of pictures i take, and music when me friends and i are in desparate need of a competent dj. so sad that my ibook is dying. what will i do?


macrumors 68000
Oct 27, 2003
My PB went on a 6 week backpacking stint through Costa Rica. I used it to keep a website and semi-blog going as a way of keeping in touch with the world, as well as letting everyone see the pictures I was taking.
In less extreme cases I take it to work every day even though I don't use it for anything but person use (hehe ;)) And whenever I go on vacation or to a friends house of some distance I'll back it along. I carry some of my favorite movies on it, the ones that have a little replay value, just so I can show them if need be. I also carry a gig of pictures and 16gigs of music so that I can change the mood how I please (mwhaha :D)

Outside of that I take a blank CD or two, as well as my s-video and RCA jacks so I can show my movies/pictures/music on the big screen/speakers



macrumors 68020
Apr 5, 2004
Huntsville, AL
I carried mine through Greece and Turkey last summer for nearly three weeks. I barely even noticed it in my daypack (alongside food, a couple of water bottles, my camera, some batteries, and other odds and ends).

We used my Powerbook as a base station for what seemed to be a small fleet of iPods. Pair with the World Travel Adapter kit and a handful of iPod USB/FW cables, I managed to keep everyone charged and loaded and find free WiFi in a few places to pull email and other content.

I also managed to download all the pictures from everyone's digital cameras and backup the entire set to each of the iPods on the trip. Half of us went home with the complete set. It spent most of the trip in my pack, but it was a blast to have around at night for slideshows of the day's pictures and everything else.

These days, my Powerbook goes most everywhere with me. I use it at work to charge my iPod and listen to music (since we're not techhnically supposed to stash MP3s on these desktops), use it at school for notes and code development, at friends' houses for typical mobile computing, and half a dozen other places for dozens of other tasks.

Most of my driving time is accompanied by my Powerbook chirping every time it finds a new WiFi hotspot (w00t for wardriving). I just need to get a GPS box so I can log the places that I find. :)


macrumors 6502a
Jan 8, 2005
I take it everywhere!

I use it at work to assist in callouts, repairing other macs and to do all the paperwork etc.

Take it to my mums every other weekend where I used to live, while there i'll visit all my old friend with it.

Sometimes i'll even take it in the bathroom and use it whilst on the loo or if i'm taking a bath i'll put it on the loo seat and watch some news or listen to music.

Occasionally in the garden with it (when sunny)

In the car sometimes I will record short journeys, speed them up and add music with iMovie.

I carry 2x ethernet cables, one crossover, one straight through.
DVI-VGA adaptop, S-Video to Composite, modem lead, firewire cable, iSight, USB cable, power adaptor and S-Video cable. Also just found and old packet of rizla's!!!


macrumors 68020
Sep 3, 2004
London, UK
I used to take my 15 in. Powerbook with me everywhere. It was just the right size for portability. Now that I have a 17 in. I find myself taking it less places. it's a bit heavier and it just doesn't feel as portable as the 15. I may get a 12 incher to carry around when I'm not doing work related stuff...


macrumors 68020
Apr 11, 2004
alexprice said:
Also just found and old packet of rizla's!!!

Packet of rizla's now thats what I'm talkin' bout'!

My laptop normally stays home but I occasionaly take it to friends houses and every summer I take it on vacation with me. I move it around the house alot from bed to couch to kitchen to where is most comfortable :D

However I do find myself using my sawtooth more and more because I am more of a desktop person.


macrumors 68020
Apr 5, 2004
Huntsville, AL
alexprice said:
Really? I didn't know that, I suppose I may become usefull if im networking other macs.
Just to clarify -- you can plug a straight cable into your Powerbook's gigabit ethernet port and to any other "normal" ethernet port and the Powerbook will flip its send/receive hardware to "emulate" a crossover cable.



macrumors 603
Sep 3, 2003
North Carolina
Interesting that so many people carry their chargers with them. I only bring the power brick when I'm going to be gone for more than two or three days. Last weekend, for example, I went to Atlanta and brought the iBook along for checking restaurant reviews, etc from the hotel room (the room came with free wireless). Just put it to sleep when I wasn't using it, never shut down, and still had an hour and a half's worth of battery when I got home. Most of the battery loss was due to my son surfing for two hours in the room while we watched a movie.


macrumors G5
Dec 22, 2004
Chicago, Illinois
I take my 14" iBook G4 everywhere, everyday. I get tons of freelance work done on the train and bus, which is why I bought it in the first place. I don't know how I lived without it before.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 19, 2003
DC area
Just about everywhere except shopping...

12" PB goes with me to work, to my consulting assignments, to school for notes, on vacation... I love coffeeshops with WiFi -- was able to take a vacation right at payroll time, and so I went in and submitted payroll from a coffeeshop in Florida!

I generally have my power brick, an ethernet cable, a 7-in-1 media reader (that uses a mini USB cable that will fit into many cameras), my iPod and its firewire cable, a floppy drive and disk (though this may get phased out in favor of the USB flash drive I just picked up) and a mini-DVI to VGA monitor adapter for presentations. (most of the projectors I've run into have a VGA port).

Except for the iPod, it all fits into the little case I got at the Apple store when I got my PB. I generally carry my power brick with me so that if I'm stuck somewhere over 2 hours I can plug in -- the PB being a rev B, the battery doesn't hold out for near as long as it used to.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 19, 2004
Almost everywhere. I'm posting from a wireless node at work right now (varsity) and I just bought a nice new marware tote bag for it.


macrumors newbie
Feb 15, 2005
Everywhere I might need it.

During the school year, I brought my PB to all my classes; on my campus all the classrooms are wireless. And I could aslo use it in conjunction with the macs i was using in certain classes (i.e. media graphics, i'm a journalism major). I bought the DC/Incase backpack and I don't even notice the laptop in there when i'm travelling. When going to class I only brought my laptop, and iPod. When going for more than a day I bring my charger.