Buying a New Business Laptop, Part Two.
In part one of this series we looked at the top priorities for small business when purchasing a new laptop. In this, the second instalment, we are going to examine some of the less pressing but nonetheless important features of today’s generation of laptops. Ultimately, business was most concerned with balancing processor power with portability. Beyond those concerns, other priorities include responsiveness, battery life and performance. Features deemed important to business are seamless synching with other devices and high-resolution display to effectively facilitate teleconferencing.
Responsiveness is a key feature of current generation laptops. Fast start up time is important to small business and was the fourth most pressing concern in our online survey. Many of today’s new range of PCs, know as Ultrabooks, are able to start up or shutdown in less than seven seconds. The benefits of this are two-fold. Firstly, the PC consumes less power, which means longer battery life. Secondly, it saves the business time, certainly a priority when on the go.
Another important thing to consider when purchasing a new business PC is performance. A new generation of PCs have similar storage capacities to traditional hard drives. Ordinarily, this would mean compromising on speed or squandering battery life. No longer. High performance can be achieved without compromising on battery life or speed. Not only that, today’s intelligent mobile PCs can recognise and store your most frequently used applications and files so you can access them faster and increase your business’s productivity.
Performance and responsiveness are broad considerations for business. More specific features should have their place in the decision making process also. Security is an ever-present concern for business in today’s world. A hardware-based security system like Intel’s Anti-Theft technology is tamper-resistant and is effective even without internet access. It detects suspicious behaviour, locks down fast and is easily restores full functionality upon recovery.
High screen resolution to facilitate teleconferencing is worth considering, especially as virtual meetings become more common. Seamless synching with other devices – mobile phones or tablets is also a handy feature for any business looking to operate outside the office.
Ultimately, today’s generation of mobile PCs are able to meet small businesses’ needs like never before. Our online survey showed that businesses want a thin and light device that performs with the power of a desktop. They also want longer battery life and more efficient power usage. Security, screen resolution and seamless synching to other devices are also considerations.
We’ve found that the Intel inspired range of Ultrabooks accommodates all these desires. Every small business is different, so it’s important to clearly establish your needs and then find a laptop that meets them.
Tip! Top Five Features of an Ultrabook for Business.
1. Sleek, slim and lightweight design, generally less than 18mm thick.
2. High performance featuring 3rd generation Intel core processors.
3. Fast start up and shutdown time – less than seven seconds.
4. Extended battery life with a minimum of five hours.
5. Unprecedented security levels with Intel’s Anti Theft technology.
Published on: Wednesday, September 05, 2012