In the market, there are many types and brands of laptops. If you need a laptop to support your business computing needs, you can say everything can. Starting from a laptop the price of 3 million is enough. SME computing activities or small to medium-sized businesses that run more applications around Office, do not require too high laptop specifications.
Even so, there are some things that you have to sacrifice, or do so that the laptop you use is really optimal in its use. So, actually 3 millions of cheap laptops are less recommended to be used as the main device for running a business.
Before we proceed, now let's try to detail, laptops as needed for SMEs.
Criteria for a good laptop to run a business
- good multitasking
- power saving or long-lasting battery
- good upgrade option
- nice design
- convenient for typing documents
- long warranty
So that the meaning of the criteria of a good laptop for SMEs above is clearer, let's describe them one by one.
Security features on laptops for businesses and businesses are features that are mandatory and absolutely must have.
Security features on the laptop can be implemented in the form of a password or PIN.
As long as users do keep their passwords or PINs, it's actually relatively safe. Yes, relative … yes, because breaking passwords and Windows login PIN is not a very complicated matter.
So that the data on your laptop is safer, you should think about buying a laptop that has a fingerprint sensor and also a physical camera shutter feature – so you can actually close the laptop's camera lens physically.
The average laptop for business, usually also equipped with special security software, such as TPM 2.0 from Lenovo, or Asus Business Manager from Asus.
Laptops for businesses not only have to be fast enough and tough in terms of performance, but also physically tough.
In terms of specifications, the performance of laptops for SMEs will rely heavily on the ability of the processor, storage media, and RAM.
So that your business laptop does not force you to upgrade or even buy a new one again in the near future, it is strongly recommended to use a laptop with a processor that was released the longest a year ago.
If you like Intel, choose a laptop that uses at least Intel Core i3. If the funds are very limited, you may use Celeron or Pentium. But that was before, choose the processor that was released at the latest a year ago.
If you are an AMD fan, please choose the Ryzen series or newer.
Choose SSD instead of HDD.
Laptops for small businesses, on average do not require too much storage capacity. 500GB Hard Disk can be considered enough.
Your investment will be more beneficial if you choose a laptop with SSD as a storage medium.
SSD read and write speeds are much faster than HDD, will really help you work faster and reduce stress.
After all, if needed, you can use an external hard disk or cloud storage services that are safer, faster, and more flexible.
also read: Can SSDs really improve laptop performance?
The good and reliable performance of a laptop for your business, is also greatly influenced by the capacity of RAM and the type of RAM used.
Assuming you are using a laptop with a Windows operating system, the minimum installed RAM capacity is 4GB. It feels really annoying to work with Windows on a laptop with 2GB of RAM – otherwise it's impossible.
4GB RAM capacity for laptops with Windows 10 OS is only just a matter of fact. If you can more, please add.
Those who consider Excel a lightweight application, may have never opened, edited, added – reduced large amounts of data.
Good multitasking performance
Because it is used to manage businesses, laptops for SMEs often have to run many applications together.
The most common are Office applications – starting from Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. They are run together with a browser that opens several tabs, a separate email application, and not to miss Spotify.
Of course this is usually, not all like that. There is also a more comfortable working focus by only running one or two applications.
But basically, the multitasking ability must be good. So you can do several things at once. In fact, many administrative tasks require several concurrent applications to be more effective and faster.
And the most responsible for the multitasking performance of laptops lies in the capacity of RAM and the speed of storage media.
That is why, try to buy a laptop with at least 4GB of RAM and SSD storage.
For use as a laptop for SMEs, a large and durable battery capacity that is used for at least 6 hours for a single charge is a good thing.
Fortunately, there are currently a large selection of inexpensive laptops with a battery life of around 6 hours.
The average laptop today, using a power-efficient processor, a large enough battery capacity, and features that are designed to reduce electricity needs.
Not only that, the rapid charging feature of a laptop battery should also be considered.
For business purposes, sometimes you have to bring a laptop and prepare your work for the trip. A battery that runs out quickly will make your productivity disrupted.
Have an upgrade option
Upgrade options on laptops are limited, unlike PCs that almost all components can be replaced at any time once you have a better version.
If you want to buy a laptop for your business needs, consider choosing one that at least has:
- memory slot
- Additional slots for HDD or SSD
And although there isn't much to offer, you can choose a laptop that has an additional bay that can be used to increase the capacity of the battery.
You should not buy a laptop whose RAM module is soldered on the motherboard and does not have a memory slot.
With the option to upgrade RAM and storage media, you don't need to buy a new laptop once a year like buying a smartphone.
For SSD or HDD slots, it can still be slightly compromised, because after all you can use an external HDD or cloud storage.
Not infrequently, you must bring a laptop to meet partners or prospective customers. And quite often you also need it when attending an entrepreneurial seminar or workshop. For the latter you should have brought your own personal laptop.
Although there are many SMEs who only use one laptop, which is used to manage their business as well as a personal laptop.
In a situation like this, you need a laptop that physically looks good, thin, has class, and is also light in weight.
Laptops that are designed for business, on average, are sold in dark colors, such as black, gray, or all white. There is rarely a business laptop with a color casing shaky light up – which gives a tacky impression.
For now, laptop design trends are indeed in this direction. Thinner, lighter and stylish. So your choice should not be too difficult.
While light weight, obviously will reduce your burden when you have to travel. Strive for your business laptop weighing no more than 1.5 kg.
Comfortable to use
For Review Laptop IDThe size of the laptop's comfort is seen from 3 things. Keyboard, screen, connectivity, and of course keep the temperature cool after using it for some time.
A comfortable keyboard is absolute for a business laptop. Frankly, as far as I have experienced, laptops with comfortable keyboards for editing long documents are Lenovo. Not all series provide the same experience, but on average it's fun.
Which is now rather difficult to find is a laptop with a large arrow key or the same size as the other character keys. I am not confused why now almost all laptops use the small arrow keys.
If we work with tables or edit documents, small arrow keys that are too closely together will reduce speed significantly. So, if there is, choose a laptop that still uses normal sized arrow keys.
What I feel is also uncomfortable is the laptop that places the power button inside the keyboard layout, not the standalone button. Some of the newest laptops place the power button next to the delete button. It takes time for you to get used to not letting your laptop sleep when you want to erase a character in your document.
And also consider if you get a laptop with a backlit-equipped keyboard. That is very fun.
You don't need expensive features for business laptop screens, like color gamut close to 100% sRGB.
What should be on the screen of a business laptop is an anti-glare coating. This layer will make your eyes comfortable even if you have to work for a long time in front of a laptop.
After that, just the size, resolution and type of screen.
So that Office work can be done comfortably, I think a 14-inch screen is the most ideal. Actually, bigger is better, but because the bigger the screen, the greater the electricity demand and inevitably add weight, then 14 inches is the best. Unless you are okay with it downside-his.
If you have never worked with a laptop with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution screen, please choose the standard HD only, 1366 x 768 pixels. That is enough.
But if you have ever used a FullHD resolution screen, don't ever buy an HD screen again. Than you regret later.
At present TN screen types still dominate – because of the relatively cheap price.
But if you have more budget, try to buy a laptop with a minimum type of IPS screen.
You will not regret investing more for a more pleasant screen. This will greatly affect the comfort of your long time working in front of a laptop.
Enough port connectivity
Laptops for small businesses should also be equipped with sufficient connectivity ports.
There must be a minimum of 2 USB ports, an HDMI or VGA port, and a LAN port.
If we observe the latest laptop design trends that prioritize the fashionable appearance, it is rather difficult to find a thin laptop but has a complete port.
Which is usually sacrificed is the VGA port and RJ-45 port for LAN. It's also reasonable to be eliminated. Given that the connection is wirelessly using WiFi more supported by new devices.
If you use it later, you use a WiFi hotspot to connect to the internet, the absence of an RJ-45 port is not too much of a problem.
Meanwhile, if the laptop you choose for your business does not have a VGA port, yes … make sure you use an external monitor or LCD projector that has an HDMI port or can be connected via WiFi.
Please just adjust it to other devices that already exist or you plan to buy later.
I am sure you do not wish to be complicated looking for a converter just to connect your laptop to an external monitor or LCD projector right?
Lack of a thin laptop is the heat that easily reaches temperatures that are difficult to accept to be able to work comfortably.
The thin design of the laptop makes the space or cavity inside the casing too narrow for air to flow to cool temperatures. Especially when the laptop has to work relatively heavy for a long time.
Of course you can add a lot of laptop cooling fans for sale at that cheap price. But that is not an acceptable solution, especially for those of you who are bothered seeing laptops like riding on a stove.
The best choice is, a laptop that has a good cooling system. Or if you still want a thin and light laptop, make time every month to check if there is dust or dirt that makes the exhaust hole of your laptop can not function as it should.
Besides the possibility to upgrade, the warranty is also a material for you to consider before choosing a laptop for your business.
Not a pleasant thing when you are forced to deal with a laptop that is often problematic when your business starts to develop. It will also be very bad when your business laptop is in trouble when your business is difficult to develop.
Laptops are an important asset for your business. The money you use to buy it is an investment that should be returned, and not a hindrance to your productivity in advancing the business.
That is why, the warranty becomes very important. Look for a laptop that has a warranty of at least 1 year. If it can be more, it will be better.