So you found yourself in need of a new laptop for work. You may be slightly overwhelmed by the vast array of options you have to consider; however, not every laptop on the market is made to serve the same purpose.
In order to find the laptop that best suits your needs and budget, you should consider the main functions you need for your business, and decide based on some key factors to get the maximum utility out of your new device.
Let’s go through the most important issues to take into consideration.
Depending on the nature of your work, the operating system is a very important criterion. For example, if you’re a designer or in the music business, Apple’s macOS could be an appropriate suit. However, if you’re set on getting a PC, Windows 10 offers similar functionality and is the most popular choice for business use.
You may choose between the editions of Windows Home and Windows Professional, but you may be interested in the operating system of Linux, as well. However, keep in mind that choosing a laptop running Linux would narrow your choices.
After you’ve figured out what you’re looking for, choosing the right brand is an important step. Design, price range and value, service, technical support are all vital in what makes a brand worth your money.
Should you get an HP or a Dell laptop? Apart from searching for specific characteristics, going through brand reviews and user forums can help you decide what brand best suits your business.
Size, Portability and Battery Life
Will you be set in an office, or will you carry your laptop around and work on your lap? If you are regularly on the move while working, you’ll definitely need a light laptop, with a smaller screen; lighter than 3 pounds and with a screen of 12 to 14 inches would be ideal to carry around in business travels, or just different workspaces, while laptops with 15 to 16 inch screens, around 5 pounds, are a better fit for office use.
The battery life of a laptop is relative to its size as well. If you’re buying a large computer you’re mostly going to use near an outlet, you don’t have to worry about battery life. But if you’re on the move, you better opt for an endurant device that will get you 8+ hours of use.
Processor, Memory, Storage
For doing work online, writing and emailing etc, you don’t need a lot of processing power, but if your heavier tasks like video editing, or designing, you’ll need a stronger processor.
Memory and storage affect productivity and utility as well. Modern solid-state disks are faster and more reliable than old-school hard disks, but they are slightly more expensive ―however, investing in modern equipment for your business in order to achieve professional results faster should be a priority.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Good ergonomics are vital for working. If you’re going to do a lot of keyboard work, make sure the laptop you choose offers good key travel, tactile feedback and spacing between the keys, so that your hands don’t get tired too easily.
Plus, a steady cursor and an accurate, multitouch touchpad are very important for your productivity ―and nerves.
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