What to consider when choosing a laptop
Our age is often called the age of information, and there is a fair amount of truth in this. On the information you can build a business, with its help you can succeed, and you can also be defeated because of its absence. Therefore, many of us strive to make information important for ourselves accessible anywhere and anytime. To a greater extent, this applies to working materials, which previously could only be accessed from a stationary computer in the office. Today the very notion of "working computer" is a thing of the past. More and more people both in the office and at home work on one machine - a laptop or, as it is called in English manners, a laptop. But if five or seven years ago the word "laptop" was an exhaustive characteristic of any mobile computer, now the laptops are divided into categories corresponding to market segments and areas of application: budget notebooks, middle class, multimedia notebooks, corporate devices, tablet laptops, subnotebooks and netbooks . The needs and style of using devices for all are different, but in this review we will try to find the optimal set of equipment depending on the working need and personal preferences.
In the office and at home
If your usual travel is limited to travel from home to work and back, then in this situation I recommend to pay attention to enterprise-class laptops with a screen diagonal of 15.4 inches, and those who are not afraid of lifting weights, you can think about a 17-inch laptop. Such laptops provide comfortable conditions for long work indoors. The main positive moments are two - a spacious display and a comfortable keyboard. The latter is especially important if you often have to communicate by e-mail or type long texts. In addition, corporate laptops have good performance - they can perform a variety of "heavy" applications: games, complex calculations, watch movies in HD-quality, etc. When used at home and at work, this machine is self-sufficient - there is no need for a stationary PC (unless, of course, you are not a fan of new dynamic games like Crysis or Stalker).
In a small family of corporate laptops with large 17-inch screens it is worth highlighting the Hewlett-Packard Compaq 8710 model. At a small price, it is equipped with quite solid stuffing, including as many as six USB ports for connecting various peripherals. Pay attention to the keyboard: the big width allowed the developers to add an additional digital block to the right of the main part. A large display will be useful both at work and at leisure: you must agree, it's much more pleasant to watch movies on it than on standard small displays. Another argument for the organization of the mobile cinema club is the possibility of installing an optical Blu-ray drive to play discs with high-definition movies. The only drawback is the battery life of not more than two hours.
Laptops for business people from IBM have long been considered a modern classic. Even after the company sold laptops under the ThinkPad brand of the Chinese Lenovo, it continues to produce quite interesting models. The last corporate notebook in this lineup was the ThinkPad T61. It features a comfortable keyboard - according to my subjective sensations, it simply does not have equal among notebooks of all classes and quotations. The Japanese from Toshiba made their tangible contribution to the segment of productive business laptops in the form of the Tecra S5-13D model. This laptop is only half a kilogram lighter than the Compaq 8710 and differs from the latter, in particular, with a larger hard drive. Like all notebooks of this class, the Tecra S5-13D is made in a strict style with a predominance of black and gray tones. This machine shows very good results in tests and real resource-intensive applications, so it can be advised to those whose work is related to 3D graphics, as well as to fans of computer games.
When business trips are rare, but there is still a need to have a working tool at hand, it is worth considering buying a laptop of a corporate or middle class with a screen diagonal of 13-14 inches. This is the golden mean between heavy-duty full-format laptops and subnotebooks with small displays. Such devices weigh about two kilograms and, in the absence of a special case, are easily placed in a travel bag or a backpack. The positive side of a small screen is not only a reduction in the overall size and weight of the laptop, but also an increase in battery life. If this is important for you, do not forget about the possibility to buy an additional battery.
For those who are dealing with important information, a small and lightweight 13.3-inch Lifebook S6410 from Fujitsu Siemens will most certainly like it. Its capabilities make it possible to protect data from both unauthorized access and from external mechanical influences - in simple terms, from shaking and bumping. The manufacturer also provided the laptop with a 3G module, into which it is possible to insert a SIM card of any mobile operator