Laptops have competed with desktops at many companies in Sweden.
As more and more people choose to place more of their work at home, the choice of laptop has also taken on several new dimensions. As a user, you want a product that is easy to deal with, from installation to daily work. Companies, on the other hand, want a high-quality product that they can easily connect to remotely when the need arises.
Here we take a closer look at them functions you need to take a closer look when it’s time to choose a laptop that fits as we work more and more remotely.
1. Screen quality
When it comes to choosing a laptop to use at work, screen size is often mentioned as an important variable. For many, it must be large enough to comfortably replace an external monitor, while at the same time it must be small enough to be easy to carry. Portable screens typically have a 13.3- to 14.1-inch screen, as this size provides the best compromise. However, the size of a screen is not the only thing you should think about. Also take a closer look at the resolution, the number of pixels and if you can comfortably see all the information you need to read. Flexibility is also important, so choose a screen with a bright reflective screen because you can then work anywhere – even out in the garden in the summer.
2. Performance and speed
Buying a business laptop earlier in practice meant that you had to choose between processing power or battery life. Fortunately, that time is over. As we increasingly work from home, we must ensure that the amount of processing power is sufficient, not only to perform daily tasks but also for things that happen in the background such as cloud storage, VPN and similar forms of remote access. When thinking about performance, you should also consider the build quality of your laptop. Feel free to choose a laptop with a magnesium alloy chassis, as it is super light, flexible and durable.
3. Laptop keyboard
For many, a business laptop is no better than the data entry it allows. For this purpose, a built-in keyboard and mouse pad of good quality is important, especially if you have limited work space at home. The keys on the portable keyboard should be well placed and offer good response. A game-safe keyboard will surely make it easier for you to work from home – not least if you have children in the family. All users who have had to travel in the evenings and nights know how important a backlit keyboard can be, so that you can work in all situations with low light. This feature can be incredibly convenient for homework, as it allows you to work in the living room in the evening, for example, while other things are going on around you.
4. Connections and connections
Working remotely means working from different places, from the kitchen table to sitting on the couch. For this purpose, while your laptop offers everything you may need, you may also need to look at how you can quickly set up or put away your work environment. Your laptop should start quickly after being in sleep mode. Biometric authentication with either your face or finger for fast and secure login may well be an option you want to consider. In addition, if you work at a table with a larger screen, external keyboard, mouse and other accessories, a docking station with a Thunderbolt or USB Type-C connection can be a good complement.
5. Multimedia features
One area that is often overlooked when choosing a business laptop is the device’s multimedia functionality. But when it comes to working from home, the latest COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important functions as good quality speakers, microphone and webcam are. By choosing a laptop with good audio and video features, you can better interact with colleagues and customers. You should also consider how easy it should be to add more functions, such as wired or wireless headsets, without having to contact IT support.
/ Kenni Ramsell, Nordic Manager Dynabook