The Best Business Laptop For Your Company

The little notebook computer or laptop is tailor made for business.

It’s the perfect communication tool. It’s the perfect record keeping

tool. It’s the perfect presentation tool. And if that wasn’t enough,

all of the above is neatly packaged into a small portable machine

that can be taken anywhere and everywhere.

For any size business, small to medium to jumbo, the notebook

computer is fast becoming an essential tool for business.

Savvy business people know acquiring the right tools is an important

factor in determining the success or profitability of any company.

Therefore, along with the regular outfitting of your company or

business – equal consideration should be given to choosing your

notebook computers.

Business owners should be aware that notebook technology is changing at

a blistering pace. Every two years or so, there is a whole new generation

of notebooks and notebook technology to consider. Notebooks are getting

smaller, faster, and better connected. They are also offering performance that

is matching or almost matching their desktop rivals.

Major reasons why, for the first time in history, notebook computers

are outselling their bigger cousins, desktop computers. Business

buying, no doubt, plays a significant role in all those sales. Large

corporate organizations are buying notebooks for their companies, sales

people and employees. It makes for a more competitive company in a very

competitive world.

But how do you pick a good business notebook computer? What’s the criteria

for judging a good machine? What’s the right laptop or notebook for your

company or sales staff?

Here are some important factors any business should consider when buying

a notebook computer or laptop for their company. General factors that

determine a good business notebook. Consider these…


Perhaps, the most significant factor and the main reason you’re buying

a notebook computer is portability. You can take it anywhere. You can

take your records, reports, presentations or products where ever they

need to be. For the business traveler or ‘road warrior’, the notebook

computer is an essential tool for their business.

When buying their notebook of choice, these ‘road warriors’ look

at the portability of their notebook. Size and weight are very

important. They want something that’s light and small, yet powerful

enough to do the job. They will probably look in the Ultra-Portable and

Thin and Light classes of notebooks to make their choice.

Notebooks in those categories are usually well under 5 pounds, around

10 by 14 inches in size and approximately an inch thick. Small enough

to throw in a briefcase or tuck comfortably under your arm. They won’t

drain your energy even if you have to lug it around all day!

Battery Life

You also have to look for a notebook computer that will last long

enough to get the job done. You want sufficient battery life for those

long plane trips. Fortunately, battery life is increasing, you can now get

up to 5 or more hours on high quality notebooks. Buy the highest

numbered cell battery, and buy any optional built-in battery extras

that will increase battery life.


You want something that’s easy to connect to the Internet

so connectivity is another important factor. Being in constant

contact with all your employees can be a determining factor in your

choice of notebooks. Communication is vital. Most high quality

notebooks come with Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) connections,

many have a tri-mode 802.11a/b/g wireless system.

Some newer models, like the Sony’s New Ultra-Portable VAIO VGN-T350P,

are raising the bar, it has the world’s first ‘Built-in Cellular

Modem’. You can use your cell phone to connect to the Internet. This may

be a great advantage since finding a ‘Hot Spot’ in some parts of the world

can still be difficult.


You need to consider the performance level of your business computer.

Can it handle all your company’s demands, can it handle heavy graphics,

charts, diagrams, spreadsheets, etc. Check out the RAM — higher RAM will be

better for graphics and video. It’s generally agreed that you need at least

256MB for Windows XP and Mac OS X. You will only need 128MB for other

operating systems in Windows or Mac.

Most notebooks come with plenty of storage space, 60-80 GIG hard drives

are common. External drives are also available if you need extra


Other tasks may be important to your line of business. For example, if

you need to take notes in the field, i.e. real estate agents, engineers,

doctors or medical personnel — then a slate or a convertible tablet

may be a better choice for your company.


This is important if you want a notebook for a lot of road work or

business traveling. Your notebook should be sturdy or ruggerized to

be able to take a good pounding. Many notebooks have some novel

sturdiness features such as IBM’s Active Protection System which is

designed to protect the hard drive from falls and spills for those

accident prone notebook users in your company.


Living in today’s world we need safeguards and security measures

in place to protect your company records and files. Not to

mention, to guard against the theft of your notebook computer itself.

Along those same lines your notebook computer should have advanced

security features. Many notebooks such as the IBM/Sonoma ThinkPad

series include an integrated fingerprint scanner for biometric

authentication that uses an Embedded Security Subsystem and Password



At first glance this may seem like a superficial buying point, but

not really. In today’s business world, image or style does count and

contribute to your button line. Sad but true! You want a notebook

computer that matches the image of your company.

There is one to fit your needs, you have a whole range of styles

of notebooks to choose from, whether it be conservative black or

blazing race car red. Most businesses are ultra-conservative (nature

of the beast) and should pick a notebook along those conservative lines, other businesses may want to promote a sharper or cooler image

such as in fashion, creative arts, music industry…


Economy or Deluxe. Similar to the style, another major buying

factor is price. You can go from inexpensive notebooks

to luxury models. It all depends on your company’s resources

and the image you want to project.

You can choose from the relatively inexpensive but very capable

DELL notebooks…all the way up to notebook manufacturers like the

UK based Rockdirect notebooks which offers upper end products that

can be custom made to your specs. You can even choose your own color!

Like any company purchase, especially if you’re buying in bulk,

getting a good special volume price may play a role in your choice

of notebook. Always check with these notebook companies for a

group or company order — you may be pleasantly surprised at the


However, don’t sacrifice performance for a special price, make sure

the notebook computer you’re buying has all the desired qualities:

portability, performance, battery life, connectivity, security and style,

— all the features you want in your company’s notebook computer.

If you consider all these factors, your next business notebook computer

purchase should just be a little bit easier.

There’s no reason why you can’t put this little modern workhorse to work

for your business or company. Used properly, the business laptop can

make for a well organized and cohesive work force that will pay big

dividends down the road, delivering a great return on your initial



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