7 Things to Look for In a New Laptop for Remote Work

Helpdesk SupportWe posted a still-fairly-popular article a while back about things you should look when buying a new computer. What we haven’t done is specifically focus on things you should look for in a laptop – specifically, things you should look for if you’re looking to do remote work with your laptop. Here are seven things to keep in mind when shopping for a new laptop:

  1. Performance and Processing Power: Whether you’re working at home or on the road, the brains of any laptop lies in its processor. When considering a new laptop for remote work, opt for models equipped with the latest-generation processors from reputable brands like Intel or AMD. With Intel processors, a Core i5 or Core Ultra 5 is the minimum recommended, while we recommend a Ryzen 6000+ with AMD chips. These processors ensure smooth multitasking, fast application loading times, and seamless video conferencing experiences.
  2. Battery Life: When you’re working remotely, you never know where you’ll end up working, meaning you need to plan for flexibility. Look for laptops that strike a balance between performance and portability, with lightweight designs and long-lasting battery life. Take a look at the “Whr” (Watt-hour) rating of the battery – the higher the number, the longer the battery will last (assuming all other specs being equal).
  3. Display Quality and Size: Your laptop’s display is your window to the digital world. Consider factors such as screen size, resolution, and panel type when making your selection. Opt for laptops with vibrant, high-resolution displays, preferably in the range of 13 to 15 inches, offering a perfect blend of portability and immersive viewing experiences. 13-inch screens will make the laptop lighter and smaller (see note about the weight below) but it will be a lot harder to read a 13-inch screen, so we typically recommend a 14-inch screen as a good compromise. We also recommend a full-HD screen (1920×1080). While higher-resolution (2.5K or 4K) screens are nice and sharp, they do get a bit hard to read and some older apps just don’t work well on higher-resolution screens.
  4. Weight: If you’re going to be traveling a lot with your laptop, you’ll want to look into a thinner and lighter machine (sometimes referred to as an Ultrabook). Dell’s Latitude 7000 and 9000 series of laptops are built with portability in mind, and are thinner and lighter than your typical business laptop.
  5. Connectivity Options: Seamless connectivity is vital for remote work, enabling you to stay connected with colleagues, access cloud services, and collaborate effectively. Prioritize laptops with a diverse range of connectivity options, including multiple USB ports (preferably Type-C), HDMI, Thunderbolt, and robust Wi-Fi capabilities, ensuring compatibility with various peripherals and networking setups.
  6. Storage and Memory: Storage and memory are the backbone of your laptop’s performance. Look into models with ample storage capacity — at least 256GB of solid-state storage, but preferably 512GB if you’re roaming a lot and need to keep more local copies of files. Additionally make sure you have sufficient RAM (Random Access Memory) to handle multitasking effortlessly, with 16GB being the minimum we recommend for most remote work tasks.
  7. Ergonomics and Comfort: Last but certainly not least, consider ergonomics and comfort to support long hours of remote work. Choose laptops with comfortable keyboards, responsive trackpads, and ergonomic designs that promote proper posture and reduce strain on your wrists and eyes. Additionally, consider investing in accessories such as ergonomic laptop stands and external keyboards when you’re at your desk for added comfort and productivity. Or consider getting a small mouse and keyboard that you can carry with you, as an external keyboard and mouse is always going to be more comfortable than one built-in to the laptop.

Need further help on laptop shopping? Clients who have a support agreement with us can contact our sales team and we can assist and get you a quote.

Editor’s Note: We used ChatGPT to help write and come up with some of this article. Then we had to rewrite most of it because it sounded funky. So we’d say about 10% of this is AI-written, 90% human-written.

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  • Trevor

    “Editor’s Note: We used ChatGPT to help write and come up with some of this article. Then we had to rewrite most of it because it sounded funky. So we’d say about 10% of this is AI-written, 90% human-written.”

    Too funny! Been there and all I can say is…the struggle is real!

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