While smartphones aren’t far behind, the notebook PC remains the go-to solution for workers who spend their time on the road, or simply want to create more workspace in their office. But with so many options and styles to choose from, how do you know which notebook is best for your business?
With notebook prices reaching all-time lows, it’s easy for businesses to take the cheaper option by purchasing a number of streamlined, consumer notebooks, rather than notebooks that are built for business. Choosing the right notebook for your business could mean the difference between success and failure. Here are some of the essential features to look for—and questions you should ask—when purchasing a business notebook.
Spend your money wisely
Cost is always an issue when purchasing new technology, and that’s especially true with notebooks and their variety of features and add-ons. While the final cost of your new notebook should always be a deciding factor, it’s important to first take the time to see what you’re getting for your money. Because there isn’t a specific price range that ensures you’re getting the right notebook for your business, know what features you need and what features you can live without.
Don’t strain yourself
Depending on the size of the screen, notebooks can become quite heavy and cumbersome to carry around. If you’re using your notebook as a desktop replacement in your office, size and weight probably won’t matter, but it’s a different story if you’re a business traveler. As notebooks become thinner and lighter—without sacrificing quality, screen size or performance—road warriors now have choices that won’t break your back.
Have the power
Most notebooks have the capability to handle everyday business tasks like document creation and email, but what about more intensive tasks like audio and video presentations? Notebooks like the HP EliteBook Folio 9470m can handle all of these tasks and more. Powered by dual-core processors, you’re sure to stay productive from the airport to the office. When it comes to RAM, the right amount of memory will determine how many programs you can work on at once without slowing down your computer. As a general rule, 4 GB of RAM is most likely all you’ll need to handle multiple programs simultaneously.
Keep on running
When working for long periods of time without downtime is important, it all comes down to battery life. Most business notebooks come with a variety of battery options, so the more “cells” (4-cell, 6-cell, etc.) you buy, the longer your battery will last. But keep in mind: the bigger the battery, the more weight that’s added to your notebook. However, being able to run your notebook for a long period of time without a power cord could be worth the added weight. HP EliteBook Folio comes with a secondary battery that, when paired with its standard battery, provides double the run time.
You’ll be surprised by how quickly your hard drive fills up with videos, multimedia presentations, and photos, so a spacious hard drive is always a good idea. You typically have two types of storage to choose from: Solid State Drives (SSDs) and optical drives. SSDs don’t have any moving parts, making them more durable and better suited for the road, but their storage capacities aren’t as large as optical drives, and they’re more expensive. A 250 GB hard drive should be enough for most people, but you can certainly buy more for a minimal cost.
Don’t forget about the other options
Do you do a lot of work in spreadsheets or work with a lot of numbers? Many notebooks come with a 10-key number pad feature than can save you a lot of time, but keep in mind that it does make the rest of the keyboard a little smaller. Another good feature to look for or add is an HDMI output. This allows for greater video quality over the standard VGA port, making your presentations look even better.
Businesses are expected to keep up with the increasing demand to be able to work—quickly and efficiently—no matter where your “office” may be. Choosing the right notebook and features will help you meet those demands.