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Tips from an IT Consultant in New York City: Things to Consider When Buying a Laptop

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If your company is shifting to a laptop environment and you need help deciding what type of devices to get, an IT consultant in New York City can help you assess your needs and determine solutions. Here are some key features to consider when deciding on purchasing one or more laptops:

Weight

The difference between 2.5 lbs. and 6 lbs. may not sound like that much, but it can make a tremendous difference in the cost and usability of the machine. Lighter machines generally compromise on features, screen size, and power. That’s ok if you are going to be carrying the machine around a lot and don’t need to do anything that requires a lot of power. If you need a laptop that is really light but also powerful, be prepared to pay more. On the other hand, if you don’t need to focus so much on the weight, you can get more features and power— often at a lower price.

Screen Size

Screens range in size from 11” to 17”. 13” – 15.56” are generally the mid-range of usability that are not too expensive or heavy. If your work is graphics heavy, uses complex layouts or requires multiple windows, consider a 17” screen. However, the largest screens are going to weigh in at the high end of the range and tend to be expensive.

Docking Stations

If a laptop is your primary computer, even a 17” screen may not be large enough. On the other hand, you may find that it’s just not practical to carry a large laptop. According to an IT consultant in New York City, a good way to deal with this kind of issue is to get a small and light laptop which you plug into a docking station when you are at your primary workplace. A full-sized monitor (or even 2), plus a proper keyboard and possibly a mouse, stay plugged into the docking station, and all you need to do when you come to your desk is to plug in your laptop. This gives you the portability of the small laptop and the ergonomic comfort and convenience of a large screen.

Other Hardware Issues

The hard drive you choose for your laptop can make a real difference. Old style hard drives tend to be less expensive and larger than SSD, but they are heavier and slower. If the laptop is using a drive that matches better desktop drives, that’s not so bad. But laptop makers often put slower drives into their laptops. Check before you make a decision.

If these laptops are “desktop replacement” computers, becoming the primary computer your staff uses, you need to make sure that you are using the same processors, memory, and hard drives as in the machines you are replacing. Don’t try to save money by purchasing equipment that is significantly more constrained than the old machines. It’s a false economy.

The more options you give employees, especially for convenient travel, the more you raise the potential of increased productivity. Working with an experienced IT consultant in New York City and allowing employees to bring their own notebooks will bring your company enormous savings. Contact us at HOCS Consulting to learn more about implementing and managing a mobile environment in the workplace.

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