<![CDATA[According to Statistica online, the forecasted sale of business laptops within the next year will increase greatly in comparison to the sales of desktop computers and tablets. Causing this trend is a highly mobile business environment where employees, clients, vendors, and business travelers alike want to be able to bring their work with them wherever they roam. Not all people who are mobile need the same requirements out of their business laptop, however. Let’s examine both factors that you will want to consider when buying a laptop and the top laptops as evaluated by Consumer Reports and PC Magazine.
When clients ask us which laptop is the best, we often counter with a multitude of questions involving usage, data requirements and the list can go on and on. There is no one right answer, but there are some factors to consider including:
Battery Life - How much do you travel or work remotely and therefore need an extended battery life? If you commonly visit clients but have access to a plug-in, then battery life may not be at the top of your list. But if you often work out of your car or at airports where outlets are at a premium, then battery life is a top concern for you when picking out a laptop.
Weight/Size - Again, if you travel often for business and are looking for something highly portable, you will want to look for something lightweight and slim to fit into a carry on bag. However, if mobility is not an issue you may want to invest in a larger screen and thus a heftier laptop.
Keyboard Preference - Face it, finding a keyboard you like that is not too overcrowded or has smaller keys is a personal preference. Trying out a keyboard is paramount to finding one that is not too big and not too small, after all you probably will be typing often so find one that fits you!
Memory - How much RAM do you need? Consider how many applications you use and how many you run at the same time. Evaluate how much storage you will need to do your job and still have some left over.
Screen Quality - What kind of screen do you want, traditional or touchscreen? Remember that, while it might be fun to have a touchscreen, they tend to be glossy and have a reflection that can wear on your eyes after hours staring at the screen.
Platforms - Choosing between platforms can be tricky, especially if you are not all that sure of the differences. Most laptops come with one of three operating systems: Windows, Chrome OS, or MacOS (for MacBooks only).