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Business Owners: Swap your Desktop with a Laptop

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Small business owners are discovering they don't need to be chained to their desk to use their computer, and are finding it much easier to be productive with the ability to take their workstation with them where ever they go. The concept isn't new, but the trend hasn't caught on for a lot of small businesses. Business owners who have ditched their desktop for a laptop have a whole world of benefits. Let's take a look at what some of those benefits are.


This one should be a no-brainer. You are no longer tethered to your desk. Yes, there are smart phones and tablets on the market that do the very same thing, but sometimes you just need something more traditional. With your work computer with you at all times, you have access to all of your software, files, settings, and can access your business network quickly and easily from anywhere.

Don't Compromise Performance

This is a benefit and a tip all rolled into one. With a good laptop, you don't compromise performance. A few years ago, working on a laptop meant less capabilities and a decrease in performance compared to a desktop. A good, fast, desktop replacement was considerably expensive. These days, the difference is much more acute. Laptops are high performers even on the low-to-mid range. With that said, you get what you pay for in most cases. You'll want a laptop that has at least as good specs as your ideal workstation. Get the same operating system you'd use at your desk. Consider plenty of RAM and a multicore processor to get more done at once (plus multicore processors can use less battery life, which leads into the next benefit).

Get Unplugged

While most powerful laptops can't run an entire workday without getting some juice, they have sufficient power for meetings, presentations, and conferences. Large capacity batteries can be purchased for most laptop models to give you that extra couple hours of life away from the plug. All laptops these days should come equipped with wireless capabilities as well, keeping you connected whenever in range of a Wi-Fi signal.


Laptops can boast some pretty hefty security features, such as fingerprint scanners that require your thumb to unlock your device, password-protected hard drives, smart card readers, and data encryption. You can also use services such as LoJack so in the event of your laptop being stolen, you have a better chance of recovering it.


Most laptops on the market these days have web cams built in, as well as microphones and speakers for VoIP and video conferencing. While laptops are still a little more expensive than comparable desktops, the gap is much more narrow than it has been over the years, and the benefits can pay for itself. Looking for a great laptop that will suite your needs? Give us a call at 607.433.2200.