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Best Affordable Business Computers For The Home Office

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By Edited Sep 21, 2016 0 0

 Affordability, durability and design, these are the most important attributes of a laptop that many agree when it comes for business use. Below is a short list of the best top 5 business laptops that I have compiled, highlighting their specs for business purposes with their pros and cons and their known price in the market today:

Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Tablet

$1,752.41

Specs:

  • CPU: 2.13-GHz Intel Core i7-640LM
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Hard Drive: 320GB 5400 RPM
  • Display: 12.1" 1280x800 LCD
  • Optical Drive: DVD+-RW
  • Graphics Card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (Core i7) 64MB
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Ports: Ethernet; Headphone; Microphone; Modem; VGA
  • USB Ports: 3
  • Card Slots: 5-1 card reader; ExpressCard/54
  • Size: 11.6 x 10.1 x 1.3-inches
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Battery Type: Lithium ion

Pros:  This machine offers a superb multi-touch display that you can swivel and top it with a fine video playback, serves as your bragging right when presenting to people. Although it may be bulky, its design is durable and lightweight at its finest. The Lenovo Thinkpad X201 Tablet is the best alternative to desktop systems

Cons: Bulkier than any other tablets, this laptop has a smaller touchpad compared to its predecessors. Tablet comes with 4-cell battery only, giving shorter battery life. With the price, hard drive should have the 7200rpm already.

HP EliteBook 8440w

$1,154.99

Specs:

  • CPU: 2.66-GHz Intel Core i7-620M
  • RAM: 16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • Hard Drive: 320GB 7200 RPM
  • Display: 14" diagonal LED-backlit HD+ anti-glare 1600x900
  • Optical Drive: DVDRW
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M graphics with 512 MB gDDR3 dedicated video memory
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: 2.1
  • Ports: DisplayPort; eSATA/USB; Ethernet; Firewire; Microphone; Modem; VGA
  • USB Ports: 3
  • Card Slots: ExpressCard/54; SD memory reader
  • Size (w x d x h): 13.2 x 9.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Built-in webcam: 2MP
  • Weight: starting at 4.9 pounds
  • Battery Type: Lithium ion

Pros: This beast is driving the latest Intel Core i7 at its best! Experience the power and speed from a notebook. Looks stylish and smart, but it also has the best durability. This portable workstation is surely powerful and tough. Show your presentation to a large group without using any external speakers; built-in speakers are loud enough to take it from there.

Cons: System may considerably have the latest processor but, the graphics card is not. Make sure to have a cooler pad as the bottom part may heat up.

ASUS U43JC-X1 14-Inch Bamboo Laptop

$899.00

Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core-i5-450M Processor 2.4GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.66GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB of DDR3 1066MHz DRAM (2 GB x 2 slots), 4 GB Max
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
  • Display: 14" Slim-Type LED-backlit HD display with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Optical Drive: Super Multi Optical Disk Drive
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia G310M Graphics Engine with 1 GB DDR3 Dedicated VRAM and Optimus Technology
  • WiFi: Intel Wireless 802.11 b/g/n + WiDi
  • USB: 3.0, 2.0
  • Ports: HDMI port, 2 Audio jack, 1 RJ-45, 1 VGA port, 2 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 3.0 port
  • Size (lwh): 13.7 inches, 9.6 inches, 1.2 inches
  • Built-in webcam: 2MP
  • Weight: 4.73 pounds
  • Battery Type: 8 cell 5600mAh battery (up to 10hrs battery life)

Pros:  Eco-friendly machine, the stylish bamboo shell-look minimizes the plastic use material by up to 15%. Has processor powerful enough for daily use. Comes with whopping 8-cell battery! The beast can go up to 10hrs without charging. Outlet? No worries… Could be the cheapest yet very powerful notebook out there. Price is very reasonable enough for a very efficient laptop.

Cons: The USB 3.0 is useless as Intel doesn’t support it on their boards, unless you use 3rd party controllers. System doesn’t come with Bluetooth, you will have to purchase it separately. Many people found the touchpad troublesome, buttons are stiff and pad is not that sensitive. Some also agrees that the design is terrible that it makes the laptop look real cheap… well, it is cheap.

Toshiba Portégé R705-P41 TruBrite LED

$1,299.99

Specs:

  • CPU: 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5-460M dual-core processor with a speed boost (2.80 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3 RAM max 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
  • Display: 13.3-inch widescreen HD TruBrite LED-Backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Optical Drive: 8x SuperMulti DVD drive with double layer support and Labelflash printing
  • Graphics Card: Mobile Intel HD Graphics with 64MB-1696MB dynamically allocated shared graphic memory
  • WiFi: Intel Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
  • Ports: 3 USB port, eSATA/USB port, HDMI, VGA, Multi card reader, Ethernet
  • Size (lwh): 8.94 inches, 12.44 inches, 0.72 inches
  • Built-in webcam: yes
  • Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Battery: 6-cell 8hrs battery life

Pros: Small but terrible, having 13.3 screen, this machine can do your daily tasks with great performance. Could be the lightest laptop among the performing machines there is. Style is simple yet seriously classy, suitable enough for business class.

Cons: Not recommend for video-editing, this laptop comes only with the basic graphics card. Many users complain about the noisy fan when system is performing at its peak. Webcam is just the basic, picture quality is not good.

HP TouchSmart tm2-2150us

$1,037.00

Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-380UM Processor (1.33GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM (expandable to 8GB)
  • Hard Drive: 500GB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA
  • Display: 12.1" diagonal High-Definition HP BrightView Touchscreen (1280 x 800). Panel rotates 180° and folds flat. Supports multi-gesture and stylus input through capacitative digitizer technology
  • Optical Drive: 8x SuperMulti DVD drive with double layer support and Labelflash printing
  • Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics with up to 1695MB total graphics memory
  • WiFi: Intel Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
  • Ports: 5-in-1 memory card reader; 3 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 VGA (15-pin); 1 RJ -45 (LAN); 1 Headphone-out/Microphone-in combo jack (compatible with 3.5mm 4-conductor jack with stereo audio and mono mic)
  • Size (lwh): 12.83 inches, 9.06 inches, 1.18 inches
  • Built-in webcam: HP TrueVision Webcam with integrated digital microphone
  • Weight: 4.17 pounds
  • Battery: 6-Cell Lithium-Ion
  • Dolby Advanced Audio with Altec Lansing speakers
  • Biometric: HP SimplePass with Integrated fingerprint reader

Pros: The screen rotates both ways, easily swivel your screen whether to your left or right audience. Touch screen is commendable and top it with the fine Pen digitizer, very sleek! Sweet Altec built-in speakers.

Cons: This convertible machine is considerably compact, doesn’t come with optical drive. Screen is reflective, your audience might have a hard time watching your presentation as they may see themselves more instead.


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