• Reza Nilofer

Laptops by vocation: Our recommendation on laptops that are perfect for your job or work.

Updated: Nov 18, 2019

Have you ever wondered to yourself, if there is a laptop out there designed specifically for your job? Or by its design, it is actually perfect for the work you need to do. Sometimes even the people who make these laptops fail to realize their machine is actually optimized for certain vocations. And with typical IT Block style, we don't shy away or provide disclaimers for our recommendations. This is our truth and we sincerely believe that these laptops are perfectly suited for the list of vocations we will go through with you below. Here we go.

Office, administration and human resources.

We are talking about your accountants, general manager, secretary, hr executives. admin assistants and what have you. These are vocations that perform the crucial task of running the company's crucial back-end from within the office itself. We have seen many offices always providing the wrong laptops (for companies that prefer laptops) for these vocations. What they need is something robust, something reliable and a really large screen. Our recommendation: Lenovo Ideapad with a 17-inch screen. Coupled with 3 years of on-site warranty.

It's Lenovo, it's reliable and most of all it works. They are also able to provide on-site service and support, so even if your IT team is on holiday, just call them and they will come down to your office location to help out with any IT hardware issues. But the best thing is the 17-inch screen and the low amount of power consumption. A desktop would consume much more power, not very efficient. But with a laptop with a large screen and a very comfortable keyboard, it would make a nine to five work experience much more pleasant and bearable. You do not want tired eyes and neck aches. These will drive productivity down.

Marketing, sales and business development

You are constantly on the move. From going to a networking event, scouting locations, meeting with clients and attending business overseas. You cannot be expected to lug around something heavy, not saying that you can't do it. It is way better for you that you do not. No one is getting any younger and carrying around a large weight is not good for anyone no matter how tone and fit you keep yourself. Since the weight is not natural, it is just not good. At the same time, you want something that shows how professional you are.

Our recommendation: Apple's MacBook 2017 12-inch

At less than a kilogram of weight (almost exactly 2 pounds) and with apple having spent millions, yes millions on the design and style of this laptop. This computer oozes professionalism, as do most Apple products. And realistically, you are only using this machine to work with documents, presentations, and videos. With many solutions running off the cloud these days, you will be accessing them via your browser, so having a computer with a very strong processor is no longer needed. It is a burden.

And a small screen is great for catching up on work in small and tight spaces, like on the airplane, in a business meeting and doing a presentation.

You may not be able to see it. But you will feel it when you use it and wonder why you never thought about using a lightweight laptop from the start.

Engineers, interior designers, and architects

AutoCAD, Autodesk or Civil 3D. When you are designing parts, materials, the internals of a building or the design of the building itself. It is funny how we have seen many such vocation workers opt for a gaming computer to serve their needs. It is not the wrong choice. That is not what we are saying. There are better and more professional choices out there. Gaming laptops are optimized for gaming and this does not only mean a fast graphics card, processor and ram. This also means a better networking card, faster WiFi adapter for lower ping rate and many other features you may not necessarily need and are paying an arm and a leg for. Our recommendation: Lenovo Thinkpad P51

This is in no way the cheapest option in the market but we believe it may be one of the best. Specifically designed around the needs of engineers and optimized for 3D and 2D drawing applications. We think this is the obvious choice. It is made for this specific purpose. Cad drawings need a high definition screen, in this case, the screen is 4K ultra-high definition. That will allow you to track every little pixel on the screen and we know how important that can be sometimes. You want to be able to put your nose to the screen and still see detail. And on top of that, it has plenty of ram and processing power to maintain many windows of 3D drawings. We want to avoid using the word perfect but we just can't. It's perfect.

Data analysis and data science

Our data is growing, and by our, I mean every person on this planet. Data has become a new form of gold since you can use this data to target the people you wish to reach. But this is a science and requires a certain type of talent. Data analysts and scientists alike and the software, they employ for their work. Maybe even a custom made or specialized software. Setting the algorithms before to process an enormous chunk of data.

Our recommendation: Any gaming laptop

Finally, a blanket recommendation. But that is right, gaming is after not very dissimilar to data analytics, from the standpoint of the processor of course. In games, one of the things that are worked the most is the processor. And most gaming laptops are able to provide really good processors for a very reasonable price. And a lot of rams to process all of that information. People assume that games require rendering the most, however, in reality, most of your gameplay is processing and ram. Yes, the graphics card can run the rendering program packaged with your game and make everything crisp and clean. But the running of the entire game's programming is not managed by the GPU.

That being said, yes you can get any other laptop with a very strong processor and a lot of rams. But these laptops are really rare and quite expensive for some reason. Gaming laptops are expensive too, but there are options out there that are reasonably priced with an amazing processor and its on-site support coupled with it. Go shop around.

Designers, GFX, video editors and illustrators

We think it is really cool that many companies see the advantage of having designers and GFX people in the office. Times have changed and you need to do a lot of marketing and publishing online. The reality is, most schools that teach design, graphics, video editing, and illustration will almost always use an Apple computer. So buying a Windows computer would be unfair to them, they need the best tool to do the best job they can.

Our recommendation: 15-inch MacBook Pro 2019

This is absolutely the latest and in terms of a mobile solution, Apple claims this to literally be the best in the market. Apple has always had a stronghold on designing computers for the creative mind. This MacBook is no slouch either. With a touch screen navigation bar that most people would only use to scroll through a YouTube video, in the right hands it can allow for greater design and editing capability. And their Retina screen display also makes sure whatever they see is accurate and their work is as accurate as possible. We really cannot think of a better solution out there.

Interns and temporary hires

We are being harsh but a company may not necessarily want to invest or allocate an expensive resource or machine for a vocation it is not invested in the first place. Be it interns or temporary staff who are only around from weeks to a few months. Giving them a workstation that a new full-time hire would need is a waste of time. It really is. Let's say you have a new hire and your only computer he can use is being allocated to a temporary staff at the moment. Yes, it is a convenient option, but we think there is a much better way. Our recommendation: Lenovo Ideapad S130 11-inch (less than 500 dollars)

You read that correctly. An actual working laptop for less than five hundred dollars. We have even seen some offers where they go for as little as three hundred dollars! Now for something that is around as a spare system, that is really worth the money right? Why allocate an expensive machine that is not being used by any staff to a temp or an intern. Give them this machine to use. You never know if a machine breaks down and you have to allocate that spare machine to a staff that can really use it. And as an investment, the cost is so low that if it does break down, buying another one does not even make a dent to your company account. It is an absolute win, we think so.

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