How to choose the perfect laptop for work
It’s coming to that time of year again when our clients start looking at their technology, not only in the business but in the home as well.
I can guarantee there will be someone asking me within the next few weeks, what type of laptop should I get? Do you have any recommendations?
In this article, you’ll learn how to choose the best laptop. If in doubt, of course, come speak with us and we can help you buy specifically for the business.
Touch and feel
Unlike desktop computers that sit under or on the desk, the laptop is a more tactile beast.
Everything from the weight, texture, and thickness of a laptop has to be taken into consideration. It’s not just about the geeky specification.
As such, I always recommend popping into a local retail shop and having a physical look at the laptops on offer. It’s a cheeky move as you can get a much better deal through ourselves with better spec but having a look at what’s on offer and being able to hold a laptop counts for a lot.
This is very much a matter of personal preference. What is the main physical use of the laptop going to be? Are you always on the move? If so, something lighter may apply.
Always over spec if you can. As a rule of thumb, laptops usually run a little slower than most desktop computers. This is because their CPU is throttled to help with battery life and heat dissipation.
At the time of writing, you really should be looking for a system with at least 8GB of RAM minimum.
When it comes to the CPU, you’ll want at least an Intel i5 or the bigger brother which is an Intel i7. This will help running more demanding applications and give you the power when you need it.
The other benefit to an over spec’d laptop is that it will last longer and you will be future-proofing.
The final word on specification is choose a laptop with a solid-state drive if you can, these are referred to as SSD’s. The main bottleneck in most modern-day computers is a standard hard disc drive and many manufacturers still use these in their laptops.
The Operating System
Finally, the operating system. This is when you should speak if you intend to use your laptop for business purposes.
Microsoft Windows comes in a few editions and it is quite common when purchasing a “consumer laptop” to have a copy of the Windows 10 Home edition installed.
Whilst this will be satisfactory for most purposes if you plan to use in an office environment, you may have to spend extra money time and effort getting Microsoft Windows Professional. This has many benefits for the workplace which we’ll detail in another article.