How to choose a laptop
for working on the move

Top three things to consider

  1. Paying extra for higher performance
  2. Longer battery life for less power hunting
  3. Newer devices are lighter and easier to carry
Pick Your Best laptop

If you often work on a computer away from your desk – assuming you even have a desk – you will appreciate a smaller lighter laptop that doesn’t compromise on performance. You may well be working in a coffee shop but that doesn’t mean you can miss your deadlines!

If you select ‘Working on the move’ in our Product Chooser your matches will include three laptops with smaller screen sizes (13” or less) that deliver what Pick Your Best classifies as medium to high performance. That means it will be great for using typical office software and online services, you should even find it’s pretty good for multi-tasking – whether that’s just having way too many web pages open at once, or listening to music while you work on that masterpiece (even if that’s just quarterly PowerPoint report). If your job really is more creative – you will appreciate even higher performance, so we suggest you choose the ‘Creativity and coding’ scenario in our Product Chooser.

Take note of the operating system your matched laptops use before buying. If you are used to Microsoft Office products - like Word, Excel and PowerPoint you will probably want to stick to Microsoft Windows. However, if you are an ‘Apple person’ then it will be Mac OS you need to look for, but this only comes on Apple devices, so you pay a premium for this. A Google Chrome laptop works just as well for going online and messaging, but they are designed to be used connected to the internet all the time – so that is something to keep in mind if your WiFi will be patchy.

If the operating system is different to your last laptop it may take a couple of days to get to use to the new one. They are all good, but some of the settings work slightly differently which might take you a bit of time to fathom. Remember a different operating system also needs different versions of software, so don’t assume you can just transfer your old software – because that might not be the case at all! Often older software doesn’t work so well on new laptops, so you might need to factor the cost of new software into the price of your new laptop too.