• Top tips for buyers purchasing a Business Laptop

Why a business laptop?

Packed with power and performance this computing device could be viewed as the ideal desktop replacement. They are suitable for the occasional mobile user who may take their laptop to a meeting room or occasionally visit a customer off-site. Specifically designed to be a great all-rounder, they should be able to cope with whatever the user throws at it. It should take connectivity issues in its stride and accommodate projectors, printer and other peripherals.

Tip 1- Portability

How much moving around is needed? If this is more than occasional it might be worth looking at a lightweight alternative. Depending on the display size, hardware and other factors a notebook typically weighs less than five pounds and three inches or less in thickness. So are small enough to easily fit into a bag.

Tip 2 - Storage

Don’t overestimate how much storage is needed, especially if your company uses cloud storage services. If you are looking for a cheaper option and you do not need a lot of internal storage, it is best to get a notebook with a solid state drive (SSD) rather than a hard drive, as this will ensure that your notebook runs at a fast speed.

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Tip 3 - Power

Don’t underestimate computing power requirements. Upgrading later may be costly or even impossible. Different processors can have a large effect on the power consumption. Less muscular CPUs can deliver a long lasting battery. Another aspect to consider is the display- the more pixels you have the more power you will consume. For example there are now some higherend notebooks with screens that are 2560 x 1600, 3200 x 1800 or even 3840 x 2160, which are although sharp they will massively  consume power.

Tip 4 - Optical Drives

Optical drives are increasingly being removed from these devices, so if burning or reading files on disc is necessary, make sure the notebook has this capability. However, another thing to consider is that external drives that connect via USB can be bought for under £10.

Tip 5 - Connectivity

Make certain the notebooks can easily connect to other devices. If the end user is always on the move you’ll need to ensure suitable Wi-Fi connectivity. Some notebooks come with integrated cellular modems working at up to 4G speeds. However, if you are wanting to choose a 4G notebook there isn’t that much choice out there - manufacturers avoid making too many 4G notebook due to complicated contracts with specific data providers.

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