Business Laptop Buying Guide

Smile 🙂 It's your laptop

Use this business laptop buying guide as a starting point to select a computer that brings a smile to your face. You need to get things done and don’t want to wait around for your computer to catch up. Computing technology has finally advanced enough that a fast and efficient laptop computer can be obtained for very reasonable prices. Focusing on the following key features and specifications in a laptop will pay dividends in time saved and productivity boosts. Let’s get started!

Processor - Don't sweat it

2 to 4 Cores

For most business computing needs, office productivity and most software, the processor won’t be your primary limiting factor. So, don’t sweat it. You should get better battery life if your laptop has a 2 core processor instead of 4 cores, due to the reduced energy consumption (more cores, more consumption). However, I lean toward 4 cores due to the extra responsiveness you will feel when running a few applications at once. 

Once you have made your way through the rest of the key features in this guide and have narrowed our search to a few models, chose the one with the faster processor. This will be the one with the highest GHz, but don’t get carried away. 

Memory - RAM

8GB

This one is simple, 8GB, really.

You can pay significantly more to cram 16GB in your laptop, but you usually don’t need it. Exercise best computing best practices by close some browser windows and applications every once and a while and you will be fine. Fast and fine. 

Storage - Solid State Drive (SSD)

256GB

A solid state drive in a laptop computer is a must. It makes computing so much quicker. This said, choose how much storage you will need carefully. 256GB is a sweet spot, not too much, not too little.

SSD drives can reach crazy storage limits these days. However, the benefit of an SSD is faster access speeds for your operating system and installed applications. Strongly consider storing large amounts of photos, videos, and data files on other storage solutions: an external hard drive, network attached storage, cloud storage, or data server. 

The rest is up to you

That’s right. The rest is up to you. Keep the above 3 items in mind and the other features and specifications are personal preference. If you are looking for a laptop for video editing or 3D modeling (design or animation) then more powerful components will be needed. However, you should seriously consider a desktop computer if you have a regular work-load consisting of video editing or 3D design. 

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