If your employees complain about their laptops having frozen keys and the processing time of a sloth or they bring their laptops to the office white elephant gift exchange, it’s time. The time of year for budgeting for or gifting new laptops.
You need to be specific in your requirements; otherwise, the new laptops will be as sluggish as the old ones. Here are a few things to consider. An Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 are the standard business CPUs.
The i9 is for heavy-duty number crunchers. Stay away from the Y series as its a lightweight. The U series is the workhorse, and the H or K series is the processing champion.
4GB of RAM is the minimum, but you’ll get more from the laptop at 8 or 16GB. A 1TB drive is spacious for the cost. If you’ve got road warriors, a solid state drive reduces damage risk while traveling. Excellent wireless connectivity demands a dual-band (2.4GHz or 5 GHz) Wi-Fi.
Here’s a rundown of the best business laptops on the market now, The Best Business Laptops for 2018. The Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch is extremely expensive but with an i9 is a processing wizard. The Huawei Matebook X Pro sports a superb display and audio but a weak webcam. The Dell Precision 5530 is a tad expensive but possesses impressive processing speed.
The HP Chromebook X2 sports excellent battery life but not so great camera. The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 lacks an Ethernet port but carries good battery life. The Microsoft Surface Book 2 maxes out at 16GB RAM but has super battery life.
Author: Kris Keppeler, writer for Crossing Genres on Medium.com, and Does This Happen to You? on Channillo. Award winning podcast producer. Follow her @KrisKKAria on Twitter or on LinkedIn.