How to choose the right computer or laptop
These days there are many ways to get the job done, and an overabundance of choices on which device to do it with. I see executives working on MacBook Pros, salespeople with Microsoft Surfaces and engineers using mobile workstations (large, powerful laptops).
With cloud services like Office 365, QuickBooks Online and SalesForce it is a lot easier to allow employees to choose the device they prefer. A salesperson can connect to Office 365 to create and show presentations, update client information, and send emails using only their iPhone. All of this is possible because Office 365 and other services support Windows, MacOS and Android.
Traditionally, companies find one computer model they like that fits within their budget, and offer it to every employee, regardless of job function. While we still see this today, it’s not uncommon to find a mix of devices within a business. What will work for your company? The answer is really “it depends”. That’s where us expert IT providers come in. We analyze what systems or services employees need to do their jobs and work efficiently, then recommend the technologies that offer the best solutions.
For example, older business software packages will likely require a Windows computer, but this doesn’t mean you’re tied to a clunky laptop. Windows offers a wide range of choices that are reliable as well as lightweight and portable for traveling.
Choose the device that works best with your role and responsibilities. If you travel often, you’ll likely want something easy to transport. Others may prefer a traditional stationary computer tower at their desk. I personally prefer to use a Windows laptop because that is how I work the most efficiently. I know all the shortcuts and how to fix most problems, but that isn’t true for everyone.
You might be an engineer on the road that needs a powerful computer to do your job. That is where desktop replacement workstations come in. They’re mobile, powerful and perfect for employees that need to do productivity tasks.
HawkPoint’s President, Scott Tornio, uses a MacBook Pro. Some may find it odd that he uses a Mac instead of a Windows computer, but it is a solid machine that is an ideal mix of design and function. It’s reliable and connects to reporting dashboards, spreadsheets, and cloud services.
Modern applications have afforded businesses a great deal of flexibility with how they would prefer to work. The days of a closed Windows-only ecosystem are long gone.
What about you? What device do you work with best? Leave a comment below to let us know!
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