Owning a business laptop lets you take your business with you wherever you go. Your laptop is only as good as its specifications. While your business laptop may not need high-end specifications, you’ll want enough power to quickly and easily perform your tasks. Certain laptop specifications matter more for business users than they may for casual users or media lovers. Knowing which specs to pay attention to ensures you get what you need without paying extra for unnecessary features.
CPU The central processing unit is like the brain of your laptop, where all the information and data is actually processed. Cisco Cheng, writing for PCMag.com, asserts that a dual-core processor is enough for many business tasks. Things like opening and editing documents, creating presentations, and using the Internet go smoothly under dual-core CPUs. If you’re working with graphics software or other large applications, consider something more powerful, like a quad-core CPU.
RAM Having plenty of random-access memory helps Windows and other programs boot faster and run smoother. RAM upgrades boost performance for little investment, and they’re relatively easy to install. Look for a laptop that has at least 4GB of RAM, but also consider one with space available to add more. The specification may read “4GB installed/8GB maximum” or something similar. Laptops with space for additional RAM provide flexibility; if you end up needing more you can upgrade the RAM without breaking your budget.
Networking Business laptops regularly come with the ability to connect to the Internet and your office network with or without wires. For wireless connectivity, look for a Wi-Fi specification with “802.11” and a letter. The letter denotes the generation of the technology used in the Wi-Fi adapter, with “n” being the latest as of June 2012. If you want the option to use wired Internet or network connections at least some of the time for the extra connection speed, for example, look for a model with an Ethernet port as well.