Laptops! What a minefield, RAM, APU, GPU, Intel Pentium processors. You may know what all this is about, or it may be way to techy for you. Either way, there is one thing that you know for sure when you are running a small business, that’s your budget.
So I am going to give you my recommendations of the 5 best laptops for a small business categorised into the different ‘types’ of laptops out there and cross referenced by budget. Hopefully then you can find something to suit your needs and your wallet. These have been researched to death so that you don’t have to spend hours comparing prices and specs, because unless you are into that sort of thing, can be completely overwhelming!
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Price: £150-£350 or $230 to $550
These laptops are really so affordable so could they really be a viable option for a home business? Basically they use the Chrome OS operating system instead of windows or Mac OS and many different web apps, and file storage is based in a cloud, so if you are a big Google user, this could be for you. Because of this, they are designed to be used mostly when connected to the internet, but lets face it, when aren’t we close to some sort of connection.
They’re simple and cheap as little memory is required and are really starting to take off as a Windows / Mac OS alternative.
My recommendation for a Chromebook is the Toshiba Chromebook 2. See the full review here
Price: £250-£1,000 or $390-$1550
These range hugely in price and as with everything, you get what you pay for. If you go top end, over £600 you can get some really great features and really high resolution screens. Theses laptops are the dependables, the originals and herald a permanent move away from the original desktops.
Size wise, you are looking at about 15 to 17 inch screens, so still portable but more substantial than some others.
My desktop replacement recommendation is the Acer Aspire E5-573G. See the Full review here
Laptop Tablet Hybrid
Price: £300-£1,000 or $450-$1550
As the name would suggest this is a combination laptop and tablet, where you can remove the screen to act as a tablet, great for meetings or travel. As you can see the price ranges significantly, so it depends on what you need it for.
If your focus is mainly on a laptop go bigger and more expensive. If you would get more out of a tablet, then go smaller and cheaper.
My recommendation of a hybrid is the Surface Pro 4. See the full review here
Price: £700-£1,000 or $900-$1550
The definition of an Ultrabook is thin and light. The pioneer of this category is the Macbook Air, and since then there have been Windows versions created that are really strong rivals to this laptop. Generally, Ultrabooks have a 11 or 13 inch screen, so are on the smaller side.
My recommendation for an Ultrabook is the Dell XPS 13. See the full review here
Price: £1,000-£2,000 or $1550 to $3050
As you can see by the price, these are not for the faint hearted and are great if you want to edit video and raw photo files. They have top end performance and speed and the screen resolution is second to none. Unless you have a business using really large visual files a lot of the time, then this is probably not the best use of your hard earned cash.
The multimedia Laptop that I have recommended is that MacBook Pro. See the full review here.
Any comments of questions on how I selected my top 5, please let me know below.