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It is difficult knowing where to start when looking for new devices for your business. This blog series will share some of our top tips on what to consider when making these changes. Let's start with Laptops...

Whether they are standard or hybrid, laptops are one of the cardinal devices that allow us to stay connected to our colleagues, family and most importantly, clients on a daily basis.

Choose your OS 

Picking your OS will quickly reduce the options you have. The two main platforms to consider are Windows and Mac OS X. Preferences between the two will be for completely different reasons from one business to the next so make sure you focus entirely on your own business needs.

Screen size

How much travelling do people within your company do? Obviously this willy vary depending on job role. Generally speaking, 11-13 inch models are preferred by those constantly on the go but for those who spend more time at a desk a 15 or 17-inch model might be better. It is important to make sure individuals can be productive in their job, it sounds silly but screen size is a big deal when it comes to this.

 

Now for the geeky bit...

 

The processor

As far as the processor (CPU) goes, the number of cores and GHz clock speed is the primary driver of performance. For most people, the quicker the laptop the better.

RAM

Make sure you have enough space. When memory gets full that's when you run into performance problems and productivity will slow down.

Storage

How much data do your staff need to store? The Cloud and backup services that are available to us today help reduce our reliance on local storage, but it is important for people to be able to make copies if required.

 

Other things to consider...  

 

Battery life - deal breaker depending on job role, location and amount of time spent off-site.

Reviews - read them. Don't rely on what you've heard on the grapevine, do your research.

Ports - how many accessories or external monitors need to be connected?

Budget - essential and can make all the difference as to what options you have to start with.

 

If your business is looking at updating its device infrastructure give us a call on 01604 704 014.

We can help you find a solution within budget and that meets your business objectives. Don't forget to follow us and let us know your thoughts on our blog subjects via our social media pages. #TopTip   

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