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Choosing a Business Laptop

By:Christine Fettinger

Every once and a while, you have to face the task of purchasing a new laptop. This task is arduous, and can be made increasingly complicated if you plan on using your laptop for work.

Do you need a lot of processing power, or will something light be better for your business on the go? How secure is the information you deal with? What ports and extras does your laptop need? All these questions and more can make choosing a business laptop seem overwhelming. To make the process a bit more manageable, our staff created a series of considerations and tips that will help you narrow down exactly what you need.

Initial Questions You Should Ask:

  1. Who will be using the laptop?
    Each individual will have a specific set of preferences when it comes to laptops. Sit down and brainstorm what you want and what you can do without.
  2. What will they be using the laptop for?
    Will the laptop be your mobile access to email and the web, or will it be ground zero for your graphic design innovations?
  3. What is your Tech Budget?
    There is a quality computer to match each budget, but by establishing what you want to spend you can narrow down your laptop options to a more manageable group.

Go Big or Go Far: Choosing a Display Size:

Today laptops can range from the ultra-portable style of 11-12 inch display, up to full size 17+ inch desktop replacements. When you are choosing a display size think about how much you plan on carrying your laptop around. The more often the laptop will be making a commute with you, the lighter you want to go!

Ports, Extras, and Drives, Oh My!

A couple of USB Ports are certainly standard, but what you need beyond that will depend on what type of work you are doing. Draft a list of what ports, drives, and extras you need, might want, and can do without.

The Inner Workings:

The CPU, Memory, and Hard Drive specs associated with a laptop can seem overwhelming to the non-computer savvy. When it comes down to it, it is all about balancing budget with functionality. The more powerful the Processer, the larger the memory, the more expensive the computer will be. As a general rule midrange CPU’s and Hard Drives will be more than enough for day-to-day tasks, but hard core designers and video editors might require more powerful hardware.

For a more visual summary, check out our infographic designed to walk you through the process of choosing a laptop for business (The infographic will appear best in Firefox or Chrome – if the graphic does not appear you can always see it here):

CyberStreams, Inc. is a trusted IT Consultant and Advisor. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, our clients look to us for business advice on hardware, software, and business technology trends. For more information on choosing a business laptop, or any other business IT consulting, contact CyberStreams today.