Working from home has become easier thanks to the laptops suitable. During the pandemic, thousands of workers have found the ideal solution in these machines. Although the job market is headed towards a return to the office, many professionals still enjoy the flexibility of telecommuting and look for laptops that fit their needs. Not all laptops are the same, and depending on your budget, you can find the most suitable option for your work activities.
“There are three critical factors that should determine the purchasing criteria for laptops: productivity, portability and flexibility”says Ana Aquino, representative of Acer. “It should be light but powerful enough to keep up with your digital workload. It should be compact enough to fit in a backpack, but not so small that working with it becomes a chore.”.
So, let’s see what are the key aspects that Acer recommended when choosing a laptop for teleworking.
Your work needs
Not all teams are the same. Requirements will vary if you are a travel blogger, remote worker, or programmer. The demand for high performance for video editing differs from the simplicity of Google Workspace. It should be compact enough to travel with and powerful enough to run your software – a blend of power and portability. Pick one that suits your professional requirements and won’t let you down in a pinch.
Among the questions you should ask yourself are: Does my job require specific software? What are the recommended laptop specs for my software?
Size and weight: the perfect travel companion
Portability is important for travel. Take into account how much the equipment weighs and whether it will be able to pass through airport security without any problems. Think ultrabooks, easy to slip into a backpack and transport.
Fortunately, most airlines care about your digital needs. They don’t count the laptop bag toward your carry-on allowance, allowing you to bring it along with an additional briefcase or backpack.
Screen: the bigger picture
The screen is the window to your working world. Price doesn’t matter if you can’t comfortably see the screen when you work or play.
The more pixels the screen has, the more content will fit on it and the sharper it will look. A higher resolution gives you more digital space to use. Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) should be the starting point; Ultra HD or 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), is ideal for content creators who edit photos or videos.
A larger 15-inch screen may be your best option if your laptop is your mobile workstation. 4K displays have four times the pixels of a Full HD display and four times the resolution, which means more stuff can fit. The drawback is the possible reduction in battery life.
Processor: the brain of the laptop
The “brain” of the computer, the CPU, greatly influences performance and dictates its speed and efficiency. Multitasking between apps is the norm for digital nomads, so a fast processor is essential. Still, the cheapest model may suffice, depending on your needs.
Here’s a quick breakdown:
- Intel Core i7 and i5: strike a balance between performance and power consumption. It drives mid-level laptops for image editing, gaming, and other entertainment.
- Intel Core i3: Entry level chip that offers significant value for less cost. Ideal for light tasks such as web browsing, video calls, streaming, photo editing, working with Microsoft Office and some games.
RAM and Storage: The Performance Capability
Here’s the gist:
RAM: A laptop with at least 8 GB is recommended for smooth multitasking. The most demanding activities, such as video editing or gaming, may require 16 GB or more.
Storage: SSD drives have higher read and write speeds than HDDs. Opt for a laptop with at least a 512 GB SSD for adequate storage. Consider a larger SSD or a dual drive system with SSD and HDD for large files or extensive media libraries.
built to last
Your travel laptop should be ready to withstand the rigors of your nomadic lifestyle. Look for one with a robust construction, made of high-quality metal or plastic to withstand shocks while you move from one place to another; PACKED WITH DURABLE FEATURES: Spill-resistant keyboard and shockproof design give you added peace of mind and warranty check; In addition, does the guarantee cover international repairs? This can be essential if you frequently cross borders on your travels.
Consider a rugged laptop if your trip takes you off the beaten path. These types of machines are designed to function reliably in harsh environments, withstanding extreme temperatures, dust and humidity. They may be bulkier, but their stamina may be worth it.
Power for the long journey
As a digital nomad, plugs are as elusive as an oasis in the desert. Choose a laptop with at least 8-10 hours of battery life on a single charge. That’s a whole day of work, without interruptions.
Keep in mind that screen brightness, running apps, and WiFi usage can affect battery life. Laptops with low-power processors and SSD drives typically offer better battery performance.
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