With so many amazing new laptops available to buy including convertibles that switch seamlessly from a laptop to a tablet and those developed for specific professions such as design and gaming; choosing the right laptop for you can be an incredibly difficult process.
Each manufacturer is looking to develop the best laptop that money can buy but when it all comes down to it laptops can be categorised as either business laptops or consumer laptops, and in this article we’ll look at the differences between the two and how you can determine which laptop is best for you.
What to look for in a laptop
In terms of what to look for in a laptop you need to look at a number of factors, helping to whittle your choices down to either a few specific models or manufacturers. You may already know that you’re looking for HP laptops, for example, but what separates one from another? Alternatively you may not have a clue what you’re looking for other than a cheap laptop that helps you get the job done.
Essentially you’re looking at five key areas: price, specification (including both hardware and software), styling, storage and battery life. We’ll break down each of these elements to help make choosing a new laptop easier.
Which laptop is cheaper?
When you’re looking for business laptops you tend to find that the prices are higher than the consumer alternatives. Why is this, though? Well, many of these laptops have been designed and built with productivity and efficiency in mind. That means that you have some of the best spec available, along with longer warranty periods, remote management capabilities, replacement parts and even 24/7 tech support.
Consumer laptops are often far cheaper and even though two models may be almost identical to look at, business laptops are designed to stand the test of time and to help you produce the very best for your customers or clients so when you think about it it’s certainly worth the extra investment.
Which laptops have the best specifications?
As we’ve just touched on, business laptops have better specifications than their consumer alternatives. Consumer laptops are great for kids or students doing their homework, online shopping, checking your emails and the odd document here or there; but when it comes to professional output you need much more from your laptop.
Business laptops have far greater specifications and tend to have greater storage offerings, faster processors, clear graphics and larger screens which help make the transition from desktop PCs to laptops almost seamless. That’s perfect for those who spend a lot of their working week travelling or finishing tasks at home!
They also have far greater offerings in terms of components with docking ports, Ethernet connectivity and additional ports for you to connect a mouse, keyboard or your PC peripherals should you need another screen or access to a printer.
Which laptops are more stylish?
Consumer laptops are undoubtedly more stylish. That’s predominantly down to their sleek design. If you compare business laptops versus consumer laptops the latter are often far smaller and significantly lighter, and that’s often down to them having fewer features.
With less spec packed into the laptop, consumer models can be built to appeal aesthetically to customers to help them stand out in an increasingly saturated market where price and looks are key.
Which laptops have the best storage?
Business laptops have much more built-in storage, but both options provide users with the ability to connect external hard drives via the additional ports. More storage enables you to keep more of your larger files on the machine and is often combined with faster processors, capable of speeding up processes.
One of the main reasons why consumer laptops start to slow over time is because they don’t have the capacity to hold and process the various text, image, video and music files on the internal hard drive.
Which laptops have the best battery life?
There’s nothing more infuriating than your battery dying, whatever device you’re using. When you’ve got a tight deadline to hit and you’re finally making progress on your presentation the greater battery life in business laptops can prove to be vital; especially if you’re working on a train with no access to a plug socket.
So which laptop is right for me?
While it may seem as though business laptops offer far more to users than consumer laptops, it all comes down to what YOU need from YOUR laptop. If you’re looking for a machine that will last, that will help you to work from anywhere and that offers the best security offerings then a business laptop is the ideal choice.
If you’re simply looking for a stylish new laptop that fits your budget then a consumer laptop is far better suited to you and your needs.
To choose your new laptop browse the full range of laptops and tablets available at Business Direct today, or call one of our IT Specialists on 0870 429 3010.