The world of work has changed thanks in large part to the rise in trends like companies allowing employees to work remotely, and the gig and sharing economy where people connect directly with others to fill their need for services and assets.
You’re no longer required to be chained to a desk from 9 to 5 during the work week, and there are an increasing number of people that are becoming digital nomads, working from an RV while they travel the country, or moving somewhere else entirely while maintaining their job or business.
So, if you’re going to be a successful digital nomad or work remotely, you need a few things to make it go smoothly, perhaps none of which is more important than the laptop you choose. Your laptop, along with a good WiFi connection, will ultimately become your office wherever you are in the world, so below are some tips to help you choose the right one for your remote work lifestyle.
Of course, if you work remotely and you’re looking for a laptop, one of the biggest considerations is going to be portability. In this respect, you’re in luck because ultrabooks, which are lightweight and highly portable, are also widely available right now.
There are options like the Dell XPS 13 that pack a lot of power and storage into a small package, and they’re thin and can easily be slipped into your bag when you’re on the go.
You also get a lot of screen size relative to the overall size with most of today’s best ultrabooks.
In general, when you’re thinking about size and portability, you’ll probably want something with a 13-inch or smaller screen that weighs less than three pounds.
When you work remotely and you’re in the market for a new laptop, you should also think about processing power, since speed and the ability to do a lot at one time are probably going to be important to you. If you’re a photographer or architect, as an example, you’re going to need to be particularly focused on processing power.
At the same time, if you’re a freelance writer or something similar to that, you may be able to get by with less power because you’ll probably be using your web browser and Word most of the time.
When you work remotely, you’re probably going to be storing pretty much everything related to your work on your laptop. There are two drive options which are the SSD and HDD, but the SSD is generally better in pretty much every way, which is reflected in the higher cost.
If you just need something basic, however, something like a 250 GB SSD will probably be sufficient. If your work requires you have a lot of storage space, you may want something like an additional 1000-2000 GB HDD availability.
As a final note, if you’re going to be out and about working remotely, such as in coffee shops or even outdoors, it’s best to think about choosing a laptop with at least seven hours of battery life.