Professional Notebook: The choice of a computer in the business environment is closely linked to the type of operations that will be performed with it and must be evaluated in advance from the point of view of the budget, machine characteristics, applications included, and special functions. In this article, we will focus on professional notebooks, i.e., portable devices by their nature, and we will see which aspects to keep.
The choice of a computer in the business environment is closely linked to the type of operations that will be performed with it and must be evaluated in advance from the point of view of the budget, machine characteristics, applications included, and special functions.
In this article, we will focus on professional notebooks, i.e., devices that are portable by nature, and we will see what aspects to consider when choosing a laptop for use in the company/office.
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The size of the external case and the screen is one of the first factors to evaluate during the selection phase. Even more than tablets, notebooks exist in many forms and internal configurations dedicated to the most varied activities. Let’s see the main categories into which laptops can be divided.
These are the lightest and most easily transportable laptops; they usually have ten or 11-inch screens and are indicated as communication supports when working off-site. Similar dimensions involve a sacrifice of performance in calculation and internal storage capacity. Therefore, they could be more usable in the business environment, especially for activities beyond simple checking of emails and internet browsing.
Suppose the main problem to solve is weight. Going up a little in screen size, all ultraportables usually have displays between 11 and 13 inches. In that case, an ultraportable is the best solution: performance and storage remain good even though they are not suitable for use as a primary PC.
With screens between 13 and 14 inches, these laptops usually offer the best balance between performance and portability. The keyboard is also comfortable for long typing sessions, and the screen allows for extended use without eye strain. Plus, there’s room for higher-end performance components while keeping weight within limits.
The next step is represented by mainstream laptops, with 15 or 16-inch screens, therefore large enough to allow almost all types of activities, such as a photo or video editing. They can use processors and peripherals comparable to those of a desktop computer, and being the best-selling segment, they usually have an advantageous price/performance ratio.
Not a real category, this label includes all laptops built for particular purposes, for example, use on construction sites or other “hostile” environments. They can be impervious to dust and water or integrate peripherals for particular uses: however, they are usually bulky and heavy and should, therefore, only be considered in case of real need.
Processor, volatile memory, and physical memory are classically the three components that determine the computing capacity of a laptop: there are many possible combinations, and the advice is to buy the best components currently on the market that your budget allows. Whatever the particular use of a computer, system updates and increasingly demanding applications will make the machine progressively obsolete: it is better to consider this aspect in the investment phase.
In the case of specific applications requiring particular hardware, selecting the machines that already include the necessary peripherals or that are easily expandable is necessary. An example is videoconferencing, for which a good HD webcam is a fundamental requirement.
Laptops designed for the business market should include pre-installed applications at the time of purchase aimed at professional use: from the operating system (advanced versions of Windows, ad hoc Linux distributions, macOS Server, etc.) to third-party software (suite office, business-level antivirus, and firewall, recursive backup software..). Anything missing from this point of view will have to be purchased separately later, so evaluating its impact on the final price is good.
The choice of a machine intended for business use, whatever its level of complexity, should be accompanied by ad hoc IT assistance that ensures business continuity and minimizes the risk of production stoppages due to problems related to the machine itself or to particular software. Evaluating the costs and services included is essential during the purchase phase: immediate savings could lead to higher losses in the event of problems.
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