The choice of a laptop for executives or leaders is not always obvious. Beyond technical performance, it is also a representation tool. Still, security, comfort, and productivity in nomadism must also be at the rendezvous.
At first glance, the procedure for choosing this type of laptop is no different from that applied to all employees. Except that this very specific public can sometimes express particular “requirements”. At a certain level of responsibility, the desire for customization may exist, not to mention the statutory message expressed by the machine. However, we must not forget the need for security, performance and especially after-sales. And having to go without a computer for more than 24 hours can become a disaster for the company. Knowing the good criteria of a computer is not easy, as choosing the PC that suits you. Here are 9 points to help you.
1. The design and image of the company
If the design of a laptop does not seem essential in business, it is underestimating the importance of the image in our society. Difficult to appear dynamic and innovative with an old laptop black more than 3 kg. If the look is a matter of taste, it must also be in line with the image of the company.
A model “too design” will perhaps be poorly perceived in the world of consulting and quite adequate in that of communication. The user must always be the first question. A framework that performs mostly missions of representation will find interesting a machine whose screen rotates 360. Those who do only the office will be able to opt for a very light machine even if the power is limited.
2. The power and the question of balance
Most premium configurations include an 8th generation Core i5 processor. With 8 GB of RAM, we generally have the winning formula for office automation and a bit of graphic design. Feel free to upgrade to 16 GB if you work with a lot of software in parallel or open many windows. Multitasking becomes much more fluid.
Those with higher power requirements will need to focus on the 8th generation Intel Core i7 and 16GB of RAM; has 8 GB of RAM, the configuration will be much too unbalanced. The question of the 3D graphics card arises for some companies in the field of creation.
3. The hard drive, SSD
Forget the classic hard drives and definitely opt for an SSD. This support is more reliable in time and supports much better falls. In addition, it allows for much faster access to data and comfort.
4. The screen, 11 “minimum
In the case of typical office business, an 11 ” screen is a minimum. If the needs of the user are more important (large Excel files, many windows open simultaneously), do not opt for a screen at least 14 ” is simply criminal for the eyes and the mental load. Favor a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and more if you can. Finally, some models incorporate anti-blue light filters.
5. Connectivity, with a dock
The more a notebook is thin and light, the less connectivity it has. Many premium laptops offer only one or two USB3-C ports. you have to use a mini dock to complete them. Which means a “bidule” more to carry, and lose, in addition to the loader. Think about your current connectivity needs before choosing a computer.
6. Security, with dedicated chips?
Security is an aspect that is too often overlooked. But the data carried by the computer of a senior executive is strategic. Windows password access is a start. It can be completed by a fingerprint reader or facial recognition via Windows Hello and an infrared webcam. But we must not forget that these are “gadgets” that accelerate access to the machine. In all cases, the reference is the password of the operating system, so it is the latter that must be healed.
Note that some manufacturers like Lenovo or HP integrate chips dedicated to security directly on the motherboard. They can encrypt the hard drive, protect the BIOS, the aggression OS, and as at HP, be part of a secure chain for software or system image deployment. Finally, many manufacturers offer “security” packages, including antivirus, backup in the cloud. An ideal solution for very small companies that do not have teams dedicated to IT. For larger SMEs, it is necessary to calculate the gain compared to a direct offer made by the ISD.
7. SAV, super important
A manager can not afford to see his machine immobilized too long. HP, Acer, Microsoft, Apple offer premium service to never stay without a machine for a long time. A system restores via the cloud (if you have taken this type of services) later and everything is back up and running. Learn about remote support offerings (troubleshooting, software deployments, or systems).
8. The 4G modem, certainly not for the TPE
In the context of mobility, having a 4G modem built into your laptop is a real plus that prevents us from being dependent on Wifi networks not always very secure. You have to anticipate and budget a data subscription with your operator. However, the extra cost can be important for small businesses, were sharing an Internet connection via a smartphone is often just as effective.
9. The prices, 1000 € minimum
The premium market usually starts at over 1,000 euros. And interesting things, it’s a very strong market segment +34% over the past year. This is due to the need for quality products and especially versatile.
In addition, a laptop is a tool for work and everyday life, the boundary between the professional world and staff being more and more cloudy. End-users generally have more and more important requirements, and even more senior executives.