There are hundreds of laptops and notebooks on the market, so many that it’s confusing to know which one will suit your business needs best. Here’s our list of what you should look for and some recommendations.
1. What are your needs?
Think about what you or your staff need in a laptop, does it need to be ultralight or portable for sales staff who are out on the road? Does it need to be powerful and durable? Once you’ve established the use for the laptop then you can begin thinking about other aspects.
2. Which platform is better for you?
Mac, Windows or Chrome OS? Here’s a quick rundown of what each offers for you.
This is the most flexible operating system and appears on more makes and models of laptops than the other two platforms. You can switch between tablet and desktop modes and use Cortana the digital assistant.
Similar functionality to Windows but with an interface with apps on the bottom of the screen. Siri is your digital assistant here and you can perform transactions with Apple Pay, make calls or text from phones and unlock laptops with an Apple Watch. No touch screen though so if this is important to you, you may want to look elsewhere.
The Chrome platform is found on Chromebooks and is simple and secure however, limited in its operation. A similar interface to Windows but not as functional with many web apps not working offline. Chromebooks are great for schools and parents and have a good battery life.
3. 2-in-1 or not?
2 in 1’s are devices that can switch between the traditional clamshell mode and tablet mode. These devices usually come with detachable screens or flexible laptops with hinges that bend back, such as the Lenovo Yoga. Think about whether this kind of functionality is right for your business needs and if it isn’t necessary, you might get more for your money without it.
4. Size Matters
For the most portable laptop, a thin 11″-12″ laptop is the most suitable weighing only a couple of kilos. The 13″-14″ laptops are best for being portable and usable and are incredibly popular. The most popular size though is the 15″ laptop, good for those who don’t carry a laptop around a lot but still need portability. If your laptop stays on your desk all day and rarely gets taken out, look for a 17″-18″ laptop which could provide you with more processing power.
5. Specs that Suit
You’ll need more than just a good-looking laptop for business, so check the specs to make sure you get your money’s worth. Here’s a quick list of some of the most important components:
This is the brains of the computer and has a big influence on performance. Intel Core i5 has the best combination of price and performance. Intel Core i7 is a step up with more power and performance. Intel Core i3 is just below Core i5 with a lower price but not as much power, if budget allows definitely go for the Core i5.
This is how much memory the laptop will have, you want at least 4GB or 8GB if budget allows.
Storage / Hard Drive
Try to get a laptop with a solid state drive (SSD) rather than a hard drive as it will be much faster.
For sharper images we suggest looking at 1920 x 1080 displays which are also known as full HD or 1080p. The more pixels the sharper the image but all the more power consumed, shortening the battery life.
Aim for something with 8 or more hours battery life and check reviews from what others have said about the particular model you’re interested in.
6. Finally, consider your budget.
You might only want to spend a minimal amount on a laptop, you might anticipate buying new laptops every couple of years or you might want a higher end model with all the specs. Here’s our list of laptops within different price brackets that we’d recommend:
$600 – $1200
HP ProBook 430 G5, 13.3” HD LED, i3-7100U approx. $999
Lenovo IdeaPad V310-15IK, i5-7200U, 15.6” HD approx. $1230
$1200 – $1500
Lenovo Notebook i7-7700HQ, 15.6” FHD IPS (1920×1080) approx. $1338
Asus Notebook i7-7700HQ, 16G DDR4, 256G SSD, 15.6 FHD approx. $1799
$1500 – $2000
Lenovo ThinkPad YOGA370, 13.3 FDH, TOUCH, i5-7200U, 8GB RAM approx. $1803
Lenovo ThinkPad, X1 YOGA, 2ND GEN, 14FHD, TOUCH, i5-7200U, 8GB RAM approx. $2374
If you’d like to chat further about the best laptop for your business, call or email one of our sales team for chat on [email protected] or (08) 9452 6099.