A Business Laptop for Every Need

Find the right laptop for how and where employees work, from the office to the road to telecommuting.1 2

Find valuable guidance in choosing the right business laptop for your mobile work needs, from standard laptops and 2 in 1s to ultraportable laptops, mobile workstations, and Chromebooks*. Compare the advantages of each form factor, as well as the processor (CPU), storage, power, security, and portability. Finally, learn what you should consider when it comes to telecommuting.

Choosing a Business Laptop

More than ever, today’s workforce is a mobile one. Be it on the sales floor, in the field, on the road, or at home telecommuting, the workplace has grown beyond the traditional office or cubicle.

But not all business laptops are created equal. Are your employees’ remote work demands best served by a standard laptop, a 2-in-1, an ultraportable laptop, a mobile workstation, or a Chromebook*? Answering that question will make all the difference for your workforce and their mobile experience.

As you evaluate the different options, consider the following features and how well they align with your employees’ needs.

Processor (CPU)
A processor, or central processing unit (CPU), is the chip that executes instructions and moves data in every business laptop. It is commonly called the brains of the system. The latest generation Intel® Core™ vPro® processors give you the performance you need for the business demands of today, including multitasking, videoconferencing, and security.

Memory and Storage
Your system’s main memory is provided by its random access memory (RAM). The data stored in RAM can be reached almost instantly by calling on the CPU. RAM works as short-term memory; data is cleared when the computer is turned off.

Storage is your system’s nonvolatile long-term memory. This data remains even when the computer is turned off. It’s where your applications, operating system, and other important files are stored. Storage can be a hard disk drive (HDD) or a solid state drive (SSD). Intel® Solid State Drives provide high performance while keeping up with ever-increasing infrastructure demands.

Battery Life

Battery life is critical in a business laptop. Once the province of smaller, less powerful options, extended battery life is increasingly a feature of all kinds of laptops. The latest laptops, such as those built on the Intel vPro® platform, provide long battery life for a productive workday.

Typically, the higher performing the system, the more power it will demand, accelerating the drawdown of the battery. But how you use the device also matters. For example, opt for your system’s 4K display with 500 nits of brightness and you will see power availability drop. The number of applications you are using simultaneously is another variable.

Size and Weight
What is the optimal size and weight for a business laptop? The answer must be driven by how your employees use their devices. Each choice comes with a tradeoff. Choose smaller and you sacrifice screen size. Opt for higher performance and you likely increase the weight.

Systems with 13 to 14 inch screens commonly offer the best balance between usability and portability, usually coming in under four pounds. Screens of 15 to 16 inches are the most popular, but typically weigh closer to five pounds or more. Finding that right mix of mobility, screen size, and performance starts with your employees.

Connectivity
A business laptop’s portability only matters if it comes with reliable connectivity. Wi-Fi connects your workforce to customers and customer information, corporate networks and resources, and ready internet availability—all fundamental requirements for remote work.

Integrated Wi-Fi 6 standards are built to ensure quality connectivity in locations with hundreds or thousands of connected devices working with time-sensitive, high-bandwidth applications. Intel vPro® platform-based laptops with integrated Wi-Fi 6-enabled PCs provide nearly 3x faster speeds6 and responsive performance. They also support next generation WPA3 Wi-Fi security features7 and up to 4x greater capability for more stable connections, especially in dense environments.

Today’s business laptops come equipped with a variety of other connectivity options as well. These can include USB, HDMI, Ethernet, and Thunderbolt™ 3 ports.

What to Consider When Telecommuting

Telecommuting is an ever more common working scenario across a range of industries. The needs of the modern telecommuter share much in common with other remote workers when it comes to their mobile device. As noted earlier, features like screen size, weight, and battery life are key considerations, especially for those people whose telecommuting life demands portability.

IT Support
Being mostly or completely remote, telecommuting workers need a device that remains accessible to IT support and repair, even if their OS or VPN crashes. That means looking for systems that offer remote management capabilities such as Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT), included as part of the Intel vPro® platform.

Bandwidth
Bandwidth represents another potential challenge when telecommuting. With demands such as videoconferencing and the growing number of in-home devices, users must expect their systems to reliably perform with little latency and fast upload and download speeds. Intel® Wi-Fi 6-enabled PCs, such as those built on the Intel vPro® platform, offer higher capacity8, faster downloads6, and lower latency.9 Meanwhile, the latest Intel® Core™ vPro® processors provide integrated graphics and capabilities for an improved audio experience.

Multitasking
Working from home also requires a certain level of multitasking. Telecommuters will want to know their business laptop brings the requisite performance muscle to support the use of many applications at once, including bandwidth-hungry video and streaming.

Security
Finally, security should be top of mind when telecommuting. A critical concern for any device, it is especially important for business laptops relied on for remote work, as use of public or guest networks comes with greater risks to system and data safety.

Intel vPro® Platform

Laptops based on the Intel vPro® platform are built for business and an excellent fit for remote work and telecommuting. These systems deliver the business-class performance to power busy workloads, maximize employee productivity, simplify connectivity, and get the most out of battery life no matter where an employee is working.

The platform is also designed with hardware-based security features. It includes Intel® Hardware Shield, which provides enhanced protections against attacks below the OS and advanced threat detection capabilities to protect against damaging firmware-level attacks. The robust security is vital for remote workers who require portability and on-the-go connectivity.

But business laptops are only as useful as they are reliable. The Intel vPro® platform provides crucial remote manageability capabilities via Intel® Active Management Technology. The result is better system management and repair—even when the device is powered off or the OS is unresponsive. With laptops on the Intel vPro® platform, businesses can save on deskside support, reduce truck rolls, improve user experiences, and reduce downtime—all with the confidence of exceptional support for telecommuting employees.

By bringing together the latest technologies in one integrated, validated platform, the Intel vPro® platform gives you the peace of mind that you have a built-for-business solution. From processor and memory to storage, battery life, and security, you know you have the latest technologies, all validated to work together in the most optimized way for business.

The Intel® Evo™ vPro® Platform. Built for What IT Needs and What Users Want

The Intel vPro® platform delivers the latest technologies in one validated solution built to provide what IT needs. It brings together business-class performance, hardware-enhanced security features, superior remote manageability, and PC fleet stability. It’s all the things you need your PC fleet to deliver.

And now, the Intel® Evo™ vPro® platform is the premium thin and light laptop experience for highly mobile business users. Stylish, thin and light laptops with an amazing visual experience with beautiful, immersive displays are designed to deliver the remarkable responsiveness, instant wake and long real-world battery life.

Laptops based on the Intel vPro® platform are built for business and an excellent fit for telecommuting, offering high performance and remote management capabilities.

Types of Laptops

When it comes to business laptops, one size does not fit all. Ultraportable laptops, 2-in-1s, mobile workstations, and Chromebooks* differ in key features and strengths, inviting you to choose the form factor best suited to your employees and their needs.

Standard Laptops

Standard laptops deliver all the basic tools, features, and capabilities one expects from a reliable work laptop. Employees stay productive, protected, and connected whether working on the road or simply looking to get some work done at home.

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Ultraportable Laptops

These thin and light laptops offer premium power to today’s mobility-minded worker. Employees who amass the most miles will appreciate the responsiveness, long battery life, and connectivity they get from ultraportable laptops.

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2-in-1 Laptops

First in versatility, 2-in-1s combine the performance of a laptop with the ultramobility of a tablet. This makes them the perfect option for those in sales or retail who work sitting and standing and may need to swivel the screen around to present, work the floor to record customer information, and do work at a desk.

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Mobile Workstations

Performance is the distinguishing feature of mobile workstations. Engineers, content creators, and financial analysts will appreciate the power, larger screens, and full keyboards they need for their design, analytics, and other high-performance applications whether used in the office or on the go.

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Chromebooks*

Chromebooks* equip users to take advantage of long battery life, fast access to online applications, and smooth multitasking. With everything managed out of the cloud, they are also thin and light, ideal for education and mobile business use.

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Información sobre productos y desempeño

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Las características y los beneficios de las tecnologías Intel® dependen de la configuración del sistema y podrían requerir hardware y software habilitados o la activación del servicio. El desempeño varía según la configuración del sistema. Ningún producto o componente puede proporcionar una seguridad absoluta. Consulte con el fabricante del sistema o el distribuidor minorista. O bien puede encontrar más información en https://www.intel.la.

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Intel no controla ni audita los datos de terceros. Debe revisar este contenido, consultar otras fuentes y confirmar si los datos a los que se hacen referencia son exactos.

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Para cargas de trabajo y configuraciones, visite www.Intel.la/PerformanceIndex. Los resultados pueden variar.

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Según mediciones del flujo de trabajo de Microsoft Office 365. Procesador Intel® Core™ vPro® i7-1185G7 de 11ᵃ Generación en comparación con AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U.

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Según mediciones de flujo de trabajo de productividad y colaboración. Procesador Intel® Core™ vPro® i7-1185G7 de 11ᵃ Generación en comparación con AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U.

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Casi 3 veces más rápido: el estándar 802.11ax 2x2 de 160 MHz permite frecuencias de datos teóricas máximas de 2402 Mbps, 3 veces (2.8 veces exactamente) más rápidas que el estándar 802.11ac 2x2 de 80 MHz (867 Mbps) según lo documentado en las especificaciones estándar inalámbricas IEEE 802.11, y requiere el uso de enrutadores de red inalámbrica 802.11ax configurados de forma similar.

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Funciones de seguridad Wi-Fi WPA3: el consorcio industrial Wi-Fi Alliance certificará que los productos Wi-Fi 6 cumplen con el estándar IEEE 802.11ax y se requerirá la certificación de seguridad WPA3 como requisito previo para garantizar lo último en funciones de seguridad Wi-Fi. Contraseñas simplificadas WPA3: WPA3 utiliza Autenticación simultánea de iguales (SAE) para reemplazar el protocolo de intercambio de claves compartidas previamente (PSK) que se utiliza en WPA2. SAE maneja el intercambio inicial de claves de forma más segura y utiliza discreción a futuro, lo cual lo vuelve más resistente a los ataques de descifrado sin conexión y proporciona una autenticación basada en contraseña más sólida. Protección mejorada WPA3: su protección adicional de red proviene del equivalente de resistencia criptográfica de 192 bits en una red 802.11ax y es superior al cifrado AES de 128 bits que se utiliza con WPA2.

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Cuatro veces más capacidad/escalabilidad: esta afirmación se basa en una comparación de la capacidad general de la red realizada entre redes 802.11ax y 802.11ac de tamaño similar. En la enmienda de la especificación IEEE 802.11-14/0165r1 802.11ax, se definen modificaciones estandarizadas a las capas físicas (PHY) de IEEE 802.11 y a la capa de control de acceso al medio (MAC) de IEEE 802.11, lo que permite al menos un modo de funcionamiento capaz de admitir como mínimo una mejora cuatro veces superior en la capacidad de procesamiento promedio por estación (medida en el punto de acceso del servicio de datos de MAC), en una situación de implementación densa, mientras se mantiene o mejora la eficacia energética por estación. Para consultar información adicional, visite: https://mentor.ieee.org/802.11/dcn/14/11-14-0165-01-0hew-802-11-hew-sg-proposed-par.docx.

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Reducción de latencia del 75 %: se basa en datos de simulación de Intel (79 %) de 802.11ax con y sin OFDMA utilizando 9 clientes. La latencia promedio sin OFDM es de 36 ms, con OFDMA la latencia promedio se reduce a 7,6 ms. La mejora en latencia requiere que el router 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) y todos los clientes admitan OFDMA. Para obtener más información, visite intel.la/wifi6disclaimers.

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Según mediciones de la puntuación general de las aplicaciones de PC Mark 10 con el procesador Intel® Core™ vPro® i7-1185G7 de 11ᵃ Generación en comparación con el procesador Intel® Core™ vPro® i7-8650U de 8ª Generación.