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How To Choose The Best Business Laptop

On the go from meeting to meeting with your old 15” Acer CES from 2011? You might want to consider upgrading to a laptop that is better suited to the business world. The good news is that you have a lot of options! For the last 10 years, laptop brands like Dell, Acer, Asus, Apple, and many others have been competing for the spot of a laptop with the most compact, powerful and productive design. 

Factors to consider when choosing a business laptop

When you choose a business laptop, there are a few non-negotiables that you don’t want to compromise on. Aside from features, these are some of them:

1.   Performance

The level of performance you need on your PC will largely depend on what line of work you’re in. For instance, traders and developers need laptops that can handle multi-tasking well, while an administrative individual might only need a laptop that can manage the basics.

We prefer to always aim just a little higher than what you’d need the laptop for. Basically, if you need a laptop just to do presentations, then get one that can handle more intense processes just to be safe. This makes the laptop more versatile and future-proof.

2.   Durability

Business laptops are generally very well-used, especially if the business does most of its work online. For this reason, the laptop needs to be durable. Have you ever noticed how older laptop screens tend to become looser the older it gets? This is because the hinges wear down and can’t support the screen either. These are the kinds of issues you want to avoid.

3.   Portability

As a professional who’s on the move, you don’t want to lug around a heavy backpack all day. That’s why getting a laptop that’s designed to be compact and portable is a must. We’re not being biased here, but a great example is the Apple Macbook M series. These laptops have a robust frame but are also light and compact, making them easy to carry around and use.

4.   Privacy and security

Cybercrime is a real threat to businesses and organisations, especially those that use the private credentials of their customers. Choosing a laptop with robust security measures isn’t necessary, but it’s always better to be prepared for the worst, wouldn’t you say?

5.   Connectivity

In today’s digital era, almost every business is online. Whether you’re doing conference calls or you have an online store, the reality is that you need to have a connection to the internet to successfully conduct business. So find a laptop that’s able to connect over wifi or ethernet. Remember though, laptops that have an ethernet connection will be bulkier because of the ethernet plug.

Features to look for in a business laptop

Now that we’ve covered the non-negotiables for the laptop let’s look at some of the specific features that you’re going to want to get:

1.   Battery life and charging speed

First up, we have battery capacity and charging speed. If you’re going to be out all day visiting clients and in meetings,  you need a laptop that will last the day or at least until you can get back to a charger. Luckily, many laptops these days get at least 10-14 hours of battery life or more. Charging speed is also important, though. If you manage to get back to the office to charge your laptop, the faster it charges, the better.

2.   The processor

Processors are an important hardware feature of your laptop to consider. This will link to the performance section above, but you want a laptop that has an above-average processor. These days, there’s a decent selection of quality processors, like Intel or Apple Silicon.

When you consider what processor you should get, we’d suggest going no lower than i5. Ideally, choosing a higher or newer processor would be better because it would last longer.

3.   RAM

RAM also adds to the performance of your laptop. These days laptops usually come standard with at least 8GB of RAM. While this would have been amazing 10 years ago, its just above average now. This is because newer, more resource-intensive apps are coming out that utilise the RAM more. But you’ll still be able to get away with a laptop that has 8GB of RAM quite easily.

4.   Storage

Choosing a business laptop will most likely give you a Solid State Drive. These storage devices are slim and fast, making them suitable for compact laptop designs. Usually, the storage capacity of these devices starts at 128GB. However, you’ll notice that this gets filled up pretty fast if you store files on your laptop. So, we’d suggest going for a 256GB or 512GB.

5.   Operating System (OS)

Now, we get down to the meaty topic: the operating system. There’s an ongoing dispute among techies about which OS is better, but in the end, it all comes down to what you prefer. Windows is the most common and widely used operating system in the world. It offers its users a lot of customisable options and works efficiently with most software.

Then there’s MacO,S which is a favouriteamongr developers and designers. Apple’s OS aims for a streamlined system to improve productivity. These two operating systems are the most common, but there are also ChromeOS and Linux. ChromeOS revolves around the Chrome ecosystem, which is great for students or educators. Linux offers a completely customisable OS, making it a paradise for coders and developers.

6.   Display and screen size

Having a decent amount of screen real estate is helpful if you like multitasking on your laptop. As a rule of thumb, the larger the screen, the more applications you should be able to fit on it. However, having a bigger screen also means a bigger, heavier laptop. If you’re after a lightweight and compact laptop, then try to get a 13”.

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget about style. You want a laptop that you’ll feel happy to walk around with or pull out in a meeting. There’s no need to carry around old, updated, and bulky laptops anymore. Get out there, apply these tips and get yourself a business laptop perfectly suited to your needs!