The Best Laptops for Working at Home 2020

May 4, 2020
Chris L. | Author
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Working from home?

Due to the unprecedented events that have taken place in 2020, a lot of people have had to adapt to working at home, while others – such as freelancers – may be more settled into a home office set-up. Either way, a reliable laptop is essential for ensuring productivity and making working life run smoothly.

When it comes to choosing the best laptop for working at home, there’s a lot to consider. You’re looking for a laptop brand that’s reliable, robust, fast and - perhaps not top of everyone’s list - but you may be hoping it doesn’t mirror an Osborne 1 (the first laptop launched in 1981 - think a typewriter mixed with an old TV box)!

The non-negotiable specifications to keep in mind when purchasing a laptop for remote working are:

  • Long battery life (you don’t want to be running back to the plug because you swapped rooms for a video call and your laptop battery died).

  • 4 GB of RAM, or more. Laptop memory is crucial.

  • A solid hard drive. Crashing laptops can stall a good day’s work.

  • Good screen resolution.

  • The right laptop ports for your specific needs – such as USB and HDMI.

Hear from our experts on which laptops tick all of the above boxes and are worth your time and money.

The four best laptops for working at home

  • Apple 13-inch MacBook Air - Apple has inspired a huge amount of brand affinity in consumers and rightly so; its products are modern and highly efficient. This 13-inch MacBook Air boasts 8GB of installed memory, a hard drive capacity of 512GB and a truly immersive experience. It’s a more lightweight option from Apple, so extremely easy to move around should you need to. It has Touch ID too, in case any pesky little fingers happen upon your laptop and accidently delete yesterday’s spreadsheet.
  • Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro w/Touch Bar - Another Apple entry, this MacBook Pro be a formidable contender in your search for the best business laptop. If you use a lot of programmes and need to have your laptop switched on for a long time, this laptop is perfect. It features large impellers with improved fan blades and more heat-dispersing fins for effective cooling, allowing for a truly powerful and long-lasting laptop. If you enjoy a larger screen and have to handle a lot of visual work, then this MacBook, with its 16-inch display and 16GB of memory, may be the one for you.
  • HP 15.6-inch 250 Notebook PC - A truly reliable option, the HP 250 Notebook PC, will help you confidently complete any projects you have on your list with the latest technology, including powerful Intel® Core™ processors, fast memory, and storage. With a thinner and lighter design, the durable chassis protects the notebook to keep it looking professional. Another plus, PCs from HP make the most of Windows 10 Pro to protect you from security threats.
  • Lenovo Ideapad D330 10.1-inch - With Intel Pentium processing, the Ideapad D330 Windows 10 2-in-1 combines laptop performance with tablet freedom perfectly. Feature-rich yet small in size, it gives you lightning-quick connectivity and seamless processing on the go. Packed with ports, it has two cameras and an all-day battery. You can sketch or write directly onto this detachable 2-in-1 too, perfect for collaboration and portability.

So, there you have it, some of 2020’s best and most powerful laptops for working from home. If you’d like to browse our entire range of laptops, take a look here.

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