Buy a Business Laptop
Businesses are more mobile than ever. Staying connected and keeping up with work when on the road or out of the office is critical. Laptops have become more powerful and more portable over the years, and can be used to keep business humming along from anywhere. Entrepreneurs have more choices than ever when it comes to buying a laptop. Options range from small and lightweight netbooks up to powerful desktop replacement laptops that can handle all the duties of a regular computer.
1. Make a list of what you need your laptop to do. This may be as simple as a mental checklist that includes extreme portability, low cost, Windows 7 and at least a 10-inch screen. Also note if you have more specific needs, such as video editing or the desire to watch HD DVD during your down time. Business needs like that will require a more powerful laptop.
2. Narrow down the category of laptop. If you need a very portable, inexpensive laptop to handle basic web surfing and word processing, then a netbook could be a good fit. If you have intensive computing requirements, such as editing media, crunching numbers on huge spreadsheets and the need for a lot of screen space, then a desktop replacement is a likely choice. There are degrees of laptops in between. You may decide that a mid-level business laptop that weighs 5 lbs. with a 14-inch screen is the right compromise for your needs.
3. Set your budget. If the sky is the limit, you can pick up a very powerful and lightweight machine. Many businesses are under budget constraints and need to compromise somewhere. Decide what is most important to you. It may be long battery life or a powerful processor. Keep this in mind when seeing what features fit into your budget as you shop.
4. Aim for a reasonable weight. Desktop replacement laptops, for example, can be large and heavy machines. If you just need to occasionally carry your laptop into the conference room or take it home once in a while, this won’t be much of a factor. If you are a business road warrior who needs to haul a laptop through endless airport corridors, look for a notebook that weighs less than 5 lbs. Some netbooks, and thin and light laptops weigh considerably less.
5. Look for long battery life. True road warriors often spend a lot of time without the convenience of an electric wall socket. A well designed business laptop may be able to reach around eight hours of battery life. This isn’t as a great a concern for users who plan to keep a laptop hooked up at a desk.
6. Read reviews. Once you have narrowed your options down to several likely models that fit your budget and needs, check into what reviewers are saying. Reviews from professional writers are a good starting point, but also read up on what actual users are saying. They are the ones that are putting these laptops to the test out in the field.
7. Purchase the laptop. You may decide to buy online or in a store. Going to a store gives you the advantage of actually getting to see the laptop in person. Start it up, lift it and try typing on it to see how comfortable the keyboard is. Online shopping gives you a lot of options for finding a good deal. Check out prices from various stores, and go with a store that has a good reputation and good prices.
- Many laptop manufacturers make notebooks that are geared specifically for business needs. This is a good place to start when shopping.