As more and more businesses close their doors permanently in favour of remote working, we’ve seen an unmarked increase in our reliance on technology. Our need for reliable computers that can do everything from home-schooling to video calling, offer reliable internet connection and fast-processing is high on the list of must-haves for most businesses. If you’re in need of an upgrade, we’ve got the things you should be looking for.
Best for heavy-workloads
If your work is data heavy, you’ll have to deal with lots of collecting, analysing and interpreting large amounts of data. As a result of this you’ll need a computer that works efficiently and has plenty of computation power. A laptop with high-end specifications is all that you require so that you can focus on your work more and are not caught up in fixing issues every now and then.
The data analysis software’s such as the IBM SPSS Statistics Software or the Statistix require a minimum of 4GB RAM for a smooth operation over moderate amount of data. The greater the size of the data you handle, the better hardware you need. A good laptop with proper high-end hardware helps you to deal with greater data, without hanging.
Best for creatives
Lockdown has highlighted our need for the arts. Offering escapism and inspiration, at a time when all we have is time, if you’re one of the talented individuals who work in the arts, whether it be creating graphics for websites, making personalised prints for people, or drawing the next Pixar feature film you’ll need the right tools to do the job.
The best computer will vary from designer to designer, but there are some key things to focus on. Graphic design software is processor-intensive, and it only becomes more so every year. For most programs, you’ll want a processor (or “CPU”) that runs at least 1Ghz (meaning the computer can make one billion calculations per second). Fortunately, in this day and age, the overwhelming majority of CPUs easily run over 1Ghz and the more you spend, the more powerful the CPUs become. The same applies for your monitor, ensure the resolution is at least the minimum of 1280 x 800. Again, higher resolution is better especially for creative tasks and the majority of monitors can now scale up to 1920 x 1080 from a reasonable price. When you start getting closer to 1440p and 4K is when the prices really start to rise.
Best for travelling
Whether you consider yourself a digital nomad who frequently packs their bags to work in exotic places, or you simply travel a lot for work, you’ll want a laptop like the MacBook Air. Lightweight and with excellent battery life, upgrading to the latest model will also offer you the processing speed of a much larger – and heavier model.
Thanks to their sleek design, MacBook Airs can fit neatly and safely into hand luggage and rucksacks, and if you have other Apple devices everything can sync up seamlessly.
If you’re not going to be travelling, then it could be worth selling your MacBook Air and look for a more robust laptop or MacBook that offers more for its money as you’re not having to pay for the compact, lightweight features the Air offers.