If you've made the decision to purchase a laptop for your home office, there are a lot of options available. By examining the type of work that you do and how your manage your workflow; you can narrow your options.
One factor to keep in mind is the potential for upgrading either the hard drive or RAM in your laptop. There are some models of laptops which ship with the maximum RAM already installed while others have only the minimum. Another feature that you should consider is the overall size of the laptop - you may find that having a slightly smaller laptop will be more useful especially if you meet clients or go to the corporate office.
If you select a laptop for your home office with a smaller display you can always use an external monitor in your home office to provide a larger workspace or use dual monitors for even larger work space.
The Satellite U845-S406 has 14-inch display and weighs just over 4 pounds. It has an Intel Core I5 processor and has 6 GB of RAM and the maximum RAM is 8 GB. It has the standard connections including HDMI, Ethernet and 3 USB ports. One of the USB is USB 3. An interesting feature of this laptop is that has a standard 500 GB hard drive and a Solid State hard drive
. If you install the operating system on the solid state drive and store all your data on the standard hard drive you’ll find that it starts a lot faster. The approximate battery life is just over 7 hours which of course is when you are not using the wireless. You can use a variety of memory cards with this laptop which makes it easy to transfer files. It is important to know that this laptop does not have an optical drive, so you if you need to use CD or DVD media you will have to purchase an external DVD drive. This laptop comes with a 1 year limited manufacturer’s warranty.
The Samsung laptop has an Intel Core i7 processor and 15.6 inch display. It has 6 GB of installed RAM and the maximum installable RAM is 8 GB. It includes standard connection types including 2 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 port. It does have an optical drive. It is well suited to working from a home office and will also travel easily when you need to go out coming in at just slightly over 5 pounds. The approximate battery life is just over 7 hours.
For those who prefer the Apple line of computers there is the MacBook Pro notebooks. This MacBook Pro has a 15 inch display and the Intel Core i7 processor. It comes with 4 GB installed RAM but can be upraded to a maximum of 8 GB. It has 3 USB 3.0 ports, Firewire, Ethernet and Thunderbolt. It has an optical drive and 500 GB hard drive. The approximate run time is 7 hours and it weighs over 5 pounds.
The HP Elitebook has the Intel Core i7 processor and comes with 4 GB of RAM installed. It can be upgraded to a maximum of 16 GB which is higher than many other laptops. It also has 5 USB ports – 3 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0. It also has includes an RJ-11 modem in addition to Ethernet and Firewire. It provides plenty of connection options for when you need to leave your home office or if you do not have high speed Internet access available. It has a Solid State hard drive with 160 GB capacity and an optical drive. While it weighs a little more than some of the others at 6 pounds it still can provide just over 7 hours of operating time.
Weighing in at 3 pounds the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 provides you with an Intel Core i7 processor, 4 GB of installed RAM which can be upgraded to 8 GB and a 256 GB Solid State hard drive. It has just 2 USB ports – 1 each of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. It has built-in wireless and a fingerprint reader. Approximate battery life is just over 6 hours and Lenovo provides a 3 year warranty.