It is not uncommon to find businesspeople using consumer laptops for business and business laptops for personal reasons. However, before determining whether or not you should be using a consumer laptop, you need to understand the differences between the two and also consider your business needs. You may find that your business needs are not that taxing and a consumer laptop will do. You may find the specifications on a given consumer laptop will work just fine for your business.
Typically, a business laptop will take you through long work hours.
Let’s try to differentiate the two:
In terms of money
The specifications on the laptop you choose, whether it is a business laptop or a consumer laptop will generally determine the price. Business needs vary, where one needs more storage than internet usage, another needs more internet usage than storage.
In terms of sturdiness
Business laptops are made to last longer, they are generally sturdier than consumer laptops and carry longer warranties. Considering that they are made for travel, they have to be stronger and take more beating than a consumer laptop would in terms of usage. Depending on the brand, you may find a water-resistant laptop and one that is sturdy enough to resist any light knocks or drops. Compared to consumer laptops, business laptops are designed for many hours of use every week, all year long.
In terms of security
You will typically find more security features on business laptops than on consumer ones. They typically come with essential software for IT management, and they also come with optional security subscriptions.
In terms of the warranty
Business laptops tend to carry longer warranties compared to consumer laptops. The warranties take into account the fact that business laptops are designed to be used for hours on end weekly (at least 40 hours).
In terms of configurations
Business laptops are generally designed to last for years, with the occasional upgrade here and there and the occasional change in the battery if the old one is no longer viable. Other than that, there are generally no “new” features to expect, apart from additional security such as fingerprint readers(still on a few laptops for now).
As such, business laptops tend to come with more configuration options compared to consumer laptops.
In terms of appearance
Business laptops are not designed with “prettiness” in mind; they are designed for “efficiency”. Granted, there is a vast improvement from the present-day business laptop and the business laptop of old, but the differences are not major compared to consumer laptops. And with continued demand from business people for “prettier” laptops, we may see more design changes in the future.
If you need to spend at least 40 hours of work time on your laptop for your business then you should consider buying a business laptop. Otherwise, there are decent consumer laptops that could comfortably cater for your business needs. Pay attention to the specifications and configurations to determine if they are beneficial to your business.