Skip the Laptop
Reddit user wallplant says:
"Instead of spending $500 dollars or more on a new laptop, I bought a Bluetooth keyboard that I can use with my Android smartphone for taking notes. I really have no need for a laptop right now because I can do basically everything on my phone so this is a great money-saver. Also all I have to carry around is a keyboard and maybe some batteries.
" . . . I also have Google drive, so it syncs up to my desktop computer at home just in case I lose my phone or it breaks."