Choosing a laptop computer is not a simple task. There are models in a wide price range and the consumer may be confused by the many technical specifications that need to be observed. In addition, buying an electronic for the company is different from buying a product for you. In this case, it is necessary to define the sector’s usage profile and not just its preferences. Therefore, to answer the question how to choose a notebook for the company, it is necessary to first know some available configurations.
The most expensive and most modern computer is not always the best choice. In many cases, simpler machines are perfectly capable of running accounting and finance systems, for example, without letting the user down. Machines with many years of use still get the job done, a sign that the laptop you buy is likely to last a long time.
1. Screen size: one for each profile
Basically, today we find notebooks with three screen sizes: 13 inches, 14 inches and 15 inches. Choosing one of them is not just a matter of preference: remember, the notebook is not for you, but for common use in a company. In this case, each size has a more appropriate usage profile.
The 13-inch screens are more interesting for those who need mobility. Carrying a smaller, lighter notebook is more interesting. Those with 14 inches are the middle ground: they can be used very well “fixed” in the office, as well as being transported to eventual meetings.
Finally, models with 15 inches or more are recommended for those who do visual work – video editors or designers – and do not usually take the equipment out of the office.
2. Storage space: a relative specification
What is the predominant use of the machine? Unless the focus is on editing images, videos or using heavy files or a colossal volume, there is no reason to worry about having a notebook with a storage capacity of 1 TB. With less space – 500 GB or even a 256 GB SSD – you can easily store text files, for example.
If you choose a model with SSD, you will have a faster computer in hand, capable of opening applications more easily. If you choose a model with a robust HD, keep in mind that the focus is on storing large files. Thus, you do not need to spend on the maximum configuration in this regard if it will not be used by the user in question.
3. RAM memory: speed in the right measure
The third item to note is the amount of RAM. And, from the beginning, we leave a tip: we do not recommend notebooks with less than 2 GB of RAM. RAM memory is a determinant of the speed at which tasks are performed and the ability to perform more than one task at a time. Machines with 2 GB of RAM or less, even in the simplest of tasks, may find it more difficult to do a good job. In summary: don’t skimp on that item.
If you are looking for a simpler machine, choose those with at least 4 GB of RAM. For intermediate machines, with a good expectation of use in the medium and long term, 8 GB is more than enough. Finally, if you are going to use the notebook to work with heavy applications, such as video editing, the more RAM the better. Here, 16 GB can be considered a satisfactory amount of RAM.
4. Processor: your machine’s brain
Most notebooks available on the national market today have Intel processors. Although AMD is also in the fray, we will focus here on Intel models for the simple fact that they are the overwhelming majority, especially in the notebook segment for the company.
You need to note two items: the processor level and the generation of it. In the most current generations of Intel, there are three power levels: Intel Core i3 (basic), Intel Core i5 (intermediate) and Intel Core i7 (advanced). Also, watch the generation. We are currently in the eighth generation, but models from the sixth and seventh generation are still widely marketed.
To find out which generation the processor is from, look at the numerical code that follows. An Intel Core i5-6500, for example, is a sixth generation while an Intel Core i5-7500 is a seventh generation. The first number in the numerical sequence is the main indicative.
Which to choose from, the rule is simple: the Intel Core i3 is only for simpler tasks. The Intel Core i5 is for more advanced jobs and is the most cost-effective. Those who need a more powerful machine should use the Intel Core i7. As for the generation of the processor, if you can, choose from the seventh, but there is nothing wrong with buying a sixth generation model.
5. Battery life: what do you need?
Again, how you use your notebook is a determining factor when choosing this item. For example, if you are going to leave your computer practically all the time in the office, then battery life is a secondary item, since you will always have access to an outlet. In contrast, those who need mobility must redouble their attention.
The number of cells in the battery or its nominal capacity in mAh are the main indicators. The greater the capacity, the longer the duration. The simplest ones have batteries that vary between 2,000 mAh and 5,200 mAh – or between 3 and 6 cells, which gives an average of 3 hours of use. The more independent models have batteries ranging from 6,000 mAh to 8,800 mAh – or from 9 to 12 cells, which results in averages of up to seven hours of use away from the outlet. There are also top-of-the-line notebooks on the market that are over 10 hours long, but you will have to spend more money for them.