Tips&Tricks: How to Choose a New Work Laptop

So your laptop is getting slower, isn’t doing what it’s supposed to, and it seems like its days are numbered? It’s time to start thinking about buying a replacement because being an entrepreneur without a laptop, in this day and age, is difficult and impractical. But how do you find the right laptop in a time where technology is advancing quickly and new models saturating the market daily? Here are some tips and pointers that will serve you well before you purchase a new laptop.

Size

If you’re regularly on the go and in meetings, an ultrabook may be the most practical solution for you. These thin and light devices usually come with a 13-inch screen, an SSD drive, and strong battery life. Yes, their price tags are usually noticeably high, especially if you’re looking at a new model from Apple, but consequently you’ll be getting a high-quality and practical gadget which is easy to carry anywhere. However, if your laptop will spend most of its time on a work desk, a standard-sized model with a monitor of 15+ inches is a better choice, as it will allow for more ergonomic typing and less strain on the eyes.

Operating system

In the case of operating systems, it all comes down to what you’re used to and which “camp” you belong to – Windows or MacOS. Apple’s operating system is considered the best (and fastest) alternative to the everpresent Microsoft solution, but Windows has made significant steps forward in recent years when it comes to user experience and interface. Laptops today often come with pre-installed operating systems so you will (generally speaking) not have to spend lots of time setting them up. Of course, you must have legal software and you should definitely make sure to regularly update your software.

Specifications

If you primarily use your laptop for professional purposes, you won’t need the strongest performing models on the market – but that doesn’t mean that the most basic models will be enough. Work laptops should have 6-8 GB of RAM, so as to ensure smooth functioning when multitasking, while a hard drive of a minimum of 500 GB has long been the standard (although, laptops with SSD drives usually come with less memory for data – but are faster). Compare the features of different processors (eg. Intel and AMD), ensure that the battery has as many mAh as possible, and keep an eye on which ports and slots you need. If you’re unsure about specifications, seek advice from colleagues and sales advisors.

Prices

“You get what you pay for” is a cliche phrase at this point, but in most cases it’s completely true. A cheap, usable laptop can usually be found for about 2000 kuna, but you’ll quickly come to see its limits, especially when it comes to speed, battery life, and build quality. In the price range of 4000 kuna onwards, you’re looking at higher quality devices that should last and satisfy the professional needs of most entrepreneurs. Of course, if you choose to go with an Apple product, expect the price to be 2-3 times higher.



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