Laptop or desktop: which is right for you?
Many people working from home are provided with a computer (often laptop) by their employer, leaving them no choice on which device to use to work from home.
For those who do have a choice, selecting the right device for you can make all the difference. We've summarised below the types of factors you should consider when deciding between a laptop and a desktop computer:
Once you've decided which device, we recommend considering the following key factors when deciding which specific product to buy:
CPU - Think of the CPU as the brains of your computer. Be on the lookout for CPUs in Intel's i3 or i5 range or AMD's Ryzen 3 or Ryzen 5 range.
(If you'd like to use your same device for hobbies such as playing video games then feel free to consider Intel's i7 or AMD's Ryzen 7 for better performance!)
- RAM - This is the computers 'memory' and helps you run multiple applications at a time without slowing down. While 8gb of RAM is suitable for basic tasks, we suggest aiming for 16gb of RAM if your budget allows.
- SSD - This new hard drive technology allows your files and applications to load and transfer much faster than older hard-drives. This means your computer will start-up much faster from a powered-off state too!
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