With laptops deals on cheap (entry-level laptops) to high-end business laptops, our range includes ultraportables from HP, Lenovo, Dell and Apple, together with mobile workstations for executives requiring a device with equivalent power and functions to those of a desktop PC.
While tablet and large-screen smartphone (phablets) have redefined the market, for anyone running business-oriented software, the comfort of buying a laptop with full-sized keyboard and battery power that - in some cases - can last nearly 12 hours on a charge, gives them the edge for productivity with business professionals.
And, with ultrabooks available that feature razor-thin bezels, sharp vibrant displays and the latest Intel 6th Generation processors with SSDs, packing a powerful punch does not mean sacrificing flexibility or lightweight options. Our guide below will help you find great laptop deals for personal / business needs - including cheap laptops for those on a budget.
The most popular and flexible operating system appears on many more home and business laptops and notebook models than Chrome OS or Mac OS X. Windows notebooks offer the widest range of features - from touch screens to fingerprint readers to dual graphics chips. Windows 10 also brought an important number of improvements including the ability to switch between tablet and desktop modes, a brand new Start menu with live tiles and the Cortana voice assistant. Windows offers tens of thousands of desktop programs, including full versions of major productivity, graphics, video and development software.
All MacBooks now come with Mac OS X El Capitan. The Apple operating system offers similar functionality to Windows 10, but with a different take on the interface that substitutes an apps dock at the bottom of the screen for Microsoft's Start menu and taskbar. iPhone or iPad users will appreciate iOS-like features such as Launch Pad for your apps, superior multitouch gestures, and the ability to take calls and text directly from your iPhone. However, OS X isn't made for touch, because no MacBook comes with a touch screen.
Notebooks or ultraportable laptops that run Google's operating system called Chrome OS deliver a low maintenance highly manageable platform with automatic software updates and virus protection built in. The user interface looks like Windows with an application menu, a desktop and the ability to drag windows around, but core to the experience is the Chrome web browser which can only run apps downloaded from the Chrome Store. Compared to Microsoft or Apple’s Operating systems the selection of apps it is quite limited. However, if your daily usage consists of surfing the Web, checking email, navigating social networks and chatting online, Chromebooks represent one of the cheapest laptop options, also being highly portable as offering excellent battery life.
Apart from specifications and pricing, Laptops are usually categorized by their screen sizes (which invariably define other features such as the overall footprint and weight of the device). Below are some of the most common sizes available:
Nowadays many PC laptops can switch between traditional clamshell mode, tablet mode and other options (such as hybrid models) which have screens that detach or fold out of the way. 2-in-1s generally come in two different styles: detachables with screens that come off the keyboard entirely and flexible laptops with hinges that bend back 360 degrees to change modes. Most of these systems are much better at serving one purpose than the other, with bend-backs being laptops first and detachables offering a superior tablet experience. However, if you don't see the need to use your notebook as a slate, you'll usually achieve a better productivity experience with the traditional clamshell variety (not to mention a wider-selection of laptop deals under £300.
Typically business owners look for devices with a high-quality display, high overall levels of computing power (both processor speed and memory) to support productivity and exceptional battery life.
Today’s enterprise level laptops and notebooks do just that, being more sophisticated and better engineered than ever. With powerful Intel i7 and Xeon processors and hard drive capacities of up to 2TB (or around 512 GB / 1TB on the slimmest, class-leading solid-state drive models) each give you the ability to multi-task with increasingly complex applications. Portable workstations typically feature from 16GB up to 32GB of DDR3 / DDR4 memory, making it easy for you to work with large multi-media documents and demanding software, such as 2D / 3D CAD applications.
In fact, even for frequent travelers, the slim footprint of an Ultrabook / lightweight laptop doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice power. The HP Zbook Series, for example, balances style and performance in a lightweight package.
Even more ultra-portable options feature processors that have been optimized for mobility, meaning they are energy efficient as well as compact. However, if even the smallest laptop footprint is not enough for your needs, you’ll want to check out our range of 2-in-1 Convertible Laptops. These can instantly be used as Tablets and are just the thing for on-the-go computing tasks, including office productivity applications.
So, how do you decide which type of laptop or notebook is right for you or your business? Here at Misco.co.uk we’ve put together a comprehensive Buyer’s Guide, comparing features, specifications and prices, meaning that you won’t be disappointed with your eventual choice.
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