A lot of efforts were made by laptop makers in order to create a clear line between their consumer- and business-oriented product lines. However, in most cases, ordinary consumers would be better off if they ignored that categorization and go with professional-oriented ones. Far from being the more expensive or the more boring of the two categories, business laptops often shine — in a good way — when you least expect. Whether it’s about sheer value-for-money, a ton of features or the amount of power under the hood, these notebooks have a lot of surprises in store.

Here are some reasons why you should consider getting a business laptop instead.

  • More Variety

Business laptops exist in far more shapes and sizes than their consumer counterparts. That’s because, they cater for a much, much wider and eclectic mix of customers: blue collar, white collar, engineers, government, artists — and are far more flexible when it comes to pricing (usually costing more).

Business laptops also often shy away from consumer trends like color, thickness, or operating system. As such, they focus more on the needs of the buyer.

  • Built to Last

If you want a notebook that can survive drops and spills, a business system is more likely to take the abuse. Lenovo, for instance, equips a number of its ThinkPads, with a roll cage that helps it survive.

  • Additional Security

Security is at the core of what business laptops are and it doesn’t come as a surprise. From fingerpoint sensor to vein reader, NFC or smart card reader and TPM (Trusted Platform Module) embedded solutions, business laptops simply leave their consumer counterparts behind.

Some even often have hard drives that offer encryption by default, which means that your data is safe even if your laptop gets lost or stolen. Others go even further by offering protection against BIOS tampering at hardware level and their own security software solution.

  • Better Warranty and Aftersales

Even cheap business laptops tend to have better warranty than the consumer ones with a one year onsite next business day warranty being fairly common. With the more expensive models, they usually provide three-year onsite warranty with extensions available to prop that up to four or even five years, with some offering it across Europe, India, the Middle East, and Africa.

Meanwhile, laptop manufacturers like HP usually operate a one-year pickup and return service for their consumer models with no options available for onsite warranty. Same goes for after sales service where business consumers usually have a dedicated team to take care of their issues.

  • Contains Lesser Bloatware

Bloatware refers to those extra, unnecessary software applications installed on your laptop. More often than not, they are loaded because they are seen as an (often dubious) added value and well, because the laptop vendors get paid for doing that and often get an extra commission for each conversion (for example, going from the free version to the full version).

Bloatware can carry significant privacy and security risks. Business laptops simply don’t have as many because their audiences are not only more savvy (keep in mind that a lot of those laptops will go through a company’s IT department for inspection and configuration first) but bloatware can also make a negative impact on future sales.

  • More Powerful

Since they don’t usually have the same design-based restrictions associated with consumer laptops (such as being the lightest or the thinnest), business laptops generally use far more powerful processors and graphics processing units, making better use of cooling solutions and bigger batteries.

Workstations are also the ones to look for if you prefer to get as much memory (up to 64GB) and storage (some can take up to four hard drives) as possible in a portable form factor. One little known fact is that workstations often share the same chassis as gamers’ laptops.

Bottom Line

A lot of major notebook vendors have built their organizations around the idea that businesses and home users have different needs and deserve different products. However, there’s no reason for you to go with that marketing flow. If you prefer a laptop as opposed to a tablet or a phone, it’s because you have work to do, whether that task is programming a website, composing a newsletter for the PTA, authoring a book report for your third-grade class, or just keeping up with the relatives on Facebook. On many instances, a business notebook makes those work a lot faster and easier.

This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 6:19:21 AM and is filed under Sweet Tech.

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