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The tools of the trade are a key component to success. Unfortunately, in 2018, people are so software-obsessed that they completely forget about the hardware necessary to run it properly. The issue of desktop vs. laptop is an old topic that is already, more or less, resolved in favor of the latter. So, in order to properly equip your office, you need to learn how to choose the right laptops for your business. Here are several factors you need to consider before making the purchase.

  1. Define your budget

The first thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that the entire process of picking the right laptop depends on the price. Sure, with an unlimited budget you wouldn’t even have to ponder on this topic, seeing as how you would be able to just pick the device that offers the best features. Still, we do not live in an ideal world, which means that some sacrifices have to be made.

First, you need to answer the easiest question there is – how many devices do you need? Then, you set the range for a single device and go from there. There is one more thing you need to keep in mind – not all the laptops you get have to be of the same quality. Equipping your developers and IT guys with laptops that are of higher quality than those distributed to people in sales is not insensitive or unfair. It’s logical, efficient and, obviously, the right to do. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t complicate your calculation too much.

Finally, keep in mind that low-end CPUs tend to malfunction, break and underperform, which might directly impact the cost of maintenance, as well as diminish your productivity. Depending on your industry, some of the essential digital tools might lag so hard on these devices, that you might be forced to switch to inferior alternatives when it comes to the choice of software

The design is more than just visuals

Some people may assume that when it comes to the design of the laptop, you are actually only choosing the logo on the back when this is not necessarily true. You see, every laptop has a slightly different keyboard, which could mean that some people at the office will suffer from a decrease in efficiency.

Therefore, it might be a good idea to make a poll, asking people around the office what laptop brands and models they use at home. In that case, if the majority goes with an HP laptop, you can opt for this brand as well. Keep in mind that this is purely a subjective matter, seeing as how most brands offer devices at various price-ranges. In other words, this will not affect the decisions you’ve made in the budget section.

Another thing that is crucial here is the size of the laptop. The bigger the screen the more convenient it is for work in general, however, it diminishes portability. Will your employees leave their laptops at work or carry them around when they go home or on a vacation? In the latter case, you might want to opt for a bit more compact option.

Choosing the right OS

When it comes to the issue of choosing an OS, the two most popular choices are Apple OS and Windows. Needless to say, when it comes to the office standard, more people go for Windows. This is partially due to the fact that Windows (and the devices it runs on) are substantially cheaper than those for Apple OS. This also means that you will have a broader choice of devices. Nowadays, Chrome OS is also gaining momentum, yet, in the business world, not a lot of people are willing to experiment with a system they, frankly, don’t know what to expect from. Finally, Linux also has a loyal fan base due to the fact that it is an open source and, therefore, the most frugal option out there.

The issue of storage

Finally, the simplest issues that you will have to resolve here are the ones of storage and battery. RAM memory as well as HDD and SDD storage are just some of the factors worth considering, especially when you take into account the fact that SDDs can be purchased later on as well. This leaves you with an option to get SDDs only for those employees who need them the most while scheduling the rest of your staff for later on. Here, you also might want to take into consideration the issue of cloud storage and the degree to which your company is going to utilize this trend.

Conclusion

As we stated above, the first issue you have to tackle is the budget. Knowing what an ideal laptop for your company would be is completely useless if you can’t afford it. Still, not being able to go for your top-pick doesn’t mean that you can settle for just about anything. Instead of creating a definitive choice, try to compile a list and then strive towards the very top. The second best option often ends up being the one yielding the best ROI.

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