Business Laptop vs. General Consumer Laptop

    Business Laptop vs. General Consumer Laptop

    When purchasing a laptop for business purposes versus regular home use, there are broad differences in what’s available. Buyers should consider all the factors carefully. While a inexpensive laptop package may offer an attractive low buy-in appeal, in the long-term overall quality will endure the test of time.

    Business laptop features

    Companies should consider these primary features in a high-quality business laptop:

    Business laptop features

    Chassis / frame– While a general consumer laptop frame may be made of lightweight ABS, a higher-end business laptop feels stiffer as its chassis may be made of metal or carbon fiber for durability.

    Processor –Higher processor power allows for faster processing and more multitasking (multiple windows open) when coupled with enough memory. Extra processing power may also come in the form of a graphics processing unit (GPU), which allows for heavy graphics and video processing.

    Memory – Having enough working memory goes hand-in-hand with greater processor power, as memory allows quick access to multiple instances of data, such as multiple windows. Expect at least 2GB of memory, and more for faster performance with many tasks running.

    Video/graphics – All features and benefits work hand-in-hand. Having a laptop with robust video will help with a faster screen refresh. In those cases where a laptop uses an external video connection, a traveling salesperson should be able to connect with an external projector.

    Hard drive – While the affordability of an old-fashioned “spinning” hard drive drive (HDD) helps to bring down the price point down on a regular notebook, a solid-state (SSD) hard drive is a must for a business laptop. Because this is a notebook for business use, its storage capacity should generally be at least 250GB.

    Keyboard – Assuming users may wish to use a laptop for at least several years, the keyboard should be of a solid build with a solid feel. The best of keyboards have a spill-proof feature on the chance of a beverage spill.

    Ports for peripherals – Depending on the variety of devices connected, a few USB ports may suffice. For more complex peripherals demanding a faster connection, users may consider fire-wire for external storage, a serial port, or a video port to connect an external monitor for dual-monitor work.

    Security – On the chance a business laptop is lost, it immediately becomes an expensive liability. With sensitive business information on-board, a business laptop needs to come loaded with software that will help to secure business content. A solid business warranty and service offering go hand-in-hand in any company’s risk mitigation package.

    Battery – Depending on what personal needs are, a quality battery pack on a notebook will offer at least half a day of unplugged power. An end user may expect even more while running on a low monitor light setting and using a low-power consumption processor.

    Weigh the Features, Functionality, and Longevity

    Considering all the above, ASUS offers a broad offering of business laptops to meet all
    business team needs. Learn more at ASUS Business.