If your computer has been on the fritz and it’s time for a new laptop, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the number of options out there. When you’re working from home, you want a laptop that offers both power and performance without being too clunky.
Fortunately, we’ve compiled a simple guide to help you navigate the computer market so you can find the best laptop for your remote work. Read on to learn more about how to find the right laptop for you.
Know how much you plan to use your laptop
It’s important to understand how you plan to use your future laptop to help guide you when looking for certain features. For instance, if you only need to use your laptop for sharing digital photos, paying bills online, social networking, and searching the web then you might only need a laptop with a few gigabytes that’s light and easy to carry. If you’ll need to demand more from your laptop such as being able to function with sophisticated graphics, photo edits, video production, and multitasking, then you’ll want to invest in a laptop that has a larger hard drive and more system memory.
Know what programs you plan to use on your laptop
Certain laptops perform better with certain programs while others may not have the capacity to download the programs you need. Chromebooks use an operating system developed by Google and are typically inexpensive. These laptops work great for those who use Google Chrome for work and store most of their files online. Storage security is imperative in the modern enterprise. However, Chromebooks aren’t compatible with digital game systems. That means if you plan to use your laptop for both personal use and work and you rely on Steam or other systems to play games like Minecraft, which has sold over 200 million copies, you’ll need a different laptop.
If you’re a graphic designer, illustrator, or storyboard artist, you might be in your best interest to use convertibles, detachables, and tablets rather than just a single laptop. Painting is the most popular media, making up 83% of collections globally, and digital painting requires software like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Clip Paint, and Procreate. These programs work best on tablets, especially the Apple iPad.
Know how much storage you need
As we mentioned above, Chromebooks work great if you’re working mostly in the Cloud. However, if you know that you’ll need to store a lot of data and information on your computer’s hard drive, you’ll need a more advanced laptop for your remote work. You can also purchase mechanical hard disk drives for additional storage. These storage drivers are inexpensive and offer larger storage capacities. They come in two speeds: 5,400 rpm and 7,200 rpm. Keep in mind, though, that these drives can add to your laptop’s thickness and weight. This may be a problem because they can increase both the heat and noise of your laptop which isn’t always ideal if you travel regularly for work.
It can be challenging to find a new laptop for work because of the number of options available to you. However, you can narrow down your option by following the tips above and keeping track of the features you need your laptop to have. As long as the laptops you’re looking at meet your work specifications, you’ll be good to go.