2020 will always be remembered as the year the world went remote. Workers worldwide witnessed a historic shift in the 2020 job market due to the global shutdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies that usually have offices full of workers have sent their employees home to work remotely — and there is no end to this trend in view.
While Forbes called 2020 a “banner year for remote work,” 2021 is on track to be even bigger and better for those who enjoy working from home. The number of workers permanently working from home is expected to double in 2021, according to a survey from Enterprise Technology Research (ETR).
While many expect vaccines to bring the pandemic under control in 2021, remote work isn’t predicted to slow down anytime soon. As the global remote workforce has increased from around 3.4% of the population to 72% as offices were closed, most companies saw an increase in productivity — further cementing remote work as a mainstay of companies worldwide. (Data from Reuters)
But we don’t recommend working from home unless fully equipped to handle the same resource-intensive obstacles your job requires when working in an office. That’s why you’ll need to consider your setup and, more importantly, the tech you’re using to complete your daily work tasks.
When it comes to working from home, you’re probably looking for a laptop with just the right combination of power and portability for completing all of your tasks comfortably and efficiently — that’s where we come in. Let’s talk about finding the right laptop for a remote working environment, covering work routine, budget, system requirements, our top picks, and more.
What about System Requirements? (CPU, RAM, Storage, Display, GPU, Battery)
Depending on the type of work you do, your requirements for resources such as CPU, RAM, GPU, Battery, and Display may differ — but let’s talk about the minimum requirements for completing any job as well as our recommended system requirements for any laptop used for working at home.
After considering these factors, you can make an informed decision when selecting a laptop, ensuring you’ll get a system that doesn’t face random program crashes, system freezes, instability issues, system lag, heating issues, or other hardships when completing your daily office work remotely.
Don’t forget to consider hardware, too. If you spend a lot of time talking with your superiors, you can expect to be on video calls quite often while you’re working from home.
Do you need to connect additional displays to your laptop? You’ll need to make sure you have the appropriate HDMI ports.
If you need to add peripherals, make sure you’ve enough up-to-date USB ports to run your wireless mouse, keyboard, phone system, and other peripherals.
Are you still having trouble making a decision? After all, there are so many options and technical terms designed to confuse the customer into spending money. Let’s talk about the laptops that can get the job done — devices designed for remote work.
Best Laptops for Remote Work
No matter whether you’re performing CPU-intensive tasks, memory-intensive assignments, or a job that requires high-end graphics — this list includes the best-suited laptops that come highly recommended for a remote working environment.
- Apple MacBook Pro (Best Power)
- Premium Laptops by Dell (Best for Windows-users)
- Apple MacBook Air (Best Overall)
- Microsoft Surface Book 3 (Best 2-in-1)
- iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard (Best of both worlds)
Help. The laptop I need is out of stock.
Due to the massive shift to remote work to combat the coronavirus, laptops are flying off online retailer websites and local store shelves. Is the computer you’re looking for out of stock or on backorder? Many companies and workers worldwide are considering laptop rentals, as technology rental providers are more likely to have the necessary devices in stock and can ship them out without any delay.
But the novelty of using a laptop rental doesn’t stop there. With a rental application, you can have your device preloaded with any application requirements you need (like Microsoft Office, company programs, other programs, and settings) on any number of laptops. Cloning devices saves you time, money, hassle, frustration, and endless internal video calls.
Rentals even come with spare laptops. If the unthinkable occurs or an employee damages one of your rental devices, you’ll have a pre-configured spare laptop already ready to go.
The best part about renting laptops is flexibility and affordability. If you need to equip your entire staff to work from home, it just makes sense to rent a laptop instead of buying it. Rentals save you money in the short run because it costs significantly less to rent a laptop than own one, AND in the long run because you’ll never have to worry about upgrading your devices — just rent the newer one!
Laptop Rentals for Remote Work
Are you looking for a laptop computer capable of handling projects from home? Check out our short term computer rentals for your home office for more information on rental applications for remote work.
If you’re looking for a high-powered laptop rental, look no further than our trusted rental partner, Rentacomputer.com. Rentacomputer.com’s experienced ‘Tech Travel Agents’ will help you handle any temporary technology equipment rental, in any capacity, wherever you need it whenever you need it. Rentacomputer.com has a large stock of equipment ready to deliver, including laptops, HD and 4K monitors, iPads, tablets, iPhones, WiFi hotspots, video conferencing equipment, and more. Not only will they supply your rental equipment, but they also offer custom configuration and setup — so you know everything is in working order.
Tech Travel Agents like Randy can answer any questions you have about office equipment rentals–in any capacity, for any office. Contact Randy today at 1-800-736-8772 ext. 225 or fill out a quick, easy online quote form. You can also connect with Randy on LinkedIn!
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About the Author
Robert Beagle is a technology enthusiast, author, blogger, and social media guru. In addition to contributing to blog.rentourlaptops.com, Robert has also provided articles for blog.rentacomputer.com, applethis.com, applethat.com, blog.camerasecuritynow.com, smbnow.com, and various other technology, business, and event manager blogs. Robert has vast knowledge and experience in technology applications for businesses small and large.
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