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PC just keeps restarting and will not even boot bios

VaMoose Mar 8, 2014, 6:38 AM

I have a custom built PC, it was working perfectly fine last night, then I put it to sleep and went to bed. I woke up this morning and try to put it on, and it just keeps restarting, about 5 seconds into booting, it will stop, and start again. I have tried unplugging all cables, I have unplugged all hard drives, but nothing seems to work.

What could the issue be?

Thanks in advance

11 answers Last reply Dec 1, 2015 Best Answer Mar 8, 2014

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The first thing I would suggest is to re-seat the RAM.

Already tried this, it didn’t work. So I tried using the RAM modules separately and it worked! thanks! but that is now 2 RAM modules that have failed (I had 12GB – 3 x 4GB) and now I am only on 1 x 4GB RAM module. why would the others die?

I had the exact same problem, I tried for 5 days to fix this problem, but my motherboard and CPU where only two month old, I checked the ram, one at a time, and the gfx card in another comp, even applied new thermal grease to the CPU and gfx card, I mean I really stripped down the CPU and heat sink and the gfx card right down to the bare boards and washed the heat sinks on both, making sure no water residue was left, I even tried applying one ram stick at a time, by now this was pissing me off, I even washed the CPU cooler to make sure there was no dust at ALL, I managed to re-flash my BIOS, even though it would reset in the BIOS, but managed to get a flash successful, I was so frustrated, after all I am 56 and been building pc’s for 30 years, I stripped down the PC again and again.

Then just when I had given up and used my tablet for four days instead of my PC, and asked my beautiful partner to purchase a power supply for me as well as other part, I was willing to buy the most expensive UPS, I decided to search the net again for problem solving, I knew I had purchased all the best parts for my PC when I built it just a couple of months ago, and just hours before spending a shit load of cash to have my PC working again, I read on the net that a load of guys where having this same problem, then some one suggested that I eject the cmos battery and clean it and replace it immediately, I though you got to be bloody kidding, remember I have been building PC’s for a very long time, never in the past have I ever had to clean the battery on a motherboard that was only two month old. MB and CPU where purchased at the same time, the bastards that sold me the mother board, had used it in the shop, god knows how long, anyway, I ejected the battery wiped it with my dirty T-shirt, replaced it, and hallelujah, it revived my PC, it is now running better than ever for the last couple of days, my PC is as follows:

CPU 4790k, still cant overclock the bloody thing.
gfx card amd HD6950, yea I know old but plays everything, overclocked.
Mem G-skill Sniper 16 gig
HDD 10TB, yes that’s a lot as I am a designer
CPU cooler Thermaltake frio, excellent cooler
Power supply thermaltake toughpower 775w
motherboard MSI gaming 7 Z97
case Antec dark knight DF-85, seven fans for god sake, plus extra fans to keep gfx card cool.

I am so happy, my comp is ok, but hell I have spent hours and hours, no wait, it was days and days, of frustration, and to think all it was, just a bloody battery that needed cleaning with a bleeding dirty T-Shirt hahahahahahah

Now I am a happy chappy once again, just goes to show, never over look the simplest of things.

I had the exact same problem, I tried for 5 days to fix this problem, but my motherboard and CPU where only two month old, I checked the ram, one at a time, and the gfx card in another comp, even applied new thermal grease to the CPU and gfx card, I mean I really stripped down the CPU and heat sink and the gfx card right down to the bare boards and washed the heat sinks on both, making sure no water residue was left, I even tried applying one ram stick at a time, by now this was pissing me off, I even washed the CPU cooler to make sure there was no dust at ALL, I managed to re-flash my BIOS, even though it would reset in the BIOS, but managed to get a flash successful, I was so frustrated, after all I am 56 and been building pc’s for 30 years, I stripped down the PC again and again.

Then just when I had given up and used my tablet for four days instead of my PC, and asked my beautiful partner to purchase a power supply for me as well as other part, I was willing to buy the most expensive UPS, I decided to search the net again for problem solving, I knew I had purchased all the best parts for my PC when I built it just a couple of months ago, and just hours before spending a shit load of cash to have my PC working again, I read on the net that a load of guys where having this same problem, then some one suggested that I eject the cmos battery and clean it and replace it immediately, I though you got to be bloody kidding, remember I have been building PC’s for a very long time, never in the past have I ever had to clean the battery on a motherboard that was only two month old. MB and CPU where purchased at the same time, the bastards that sold me the mother board, had used it in the shop, god knows how long, anyway, I ejected the battery wiped it with my dirty T-shirt, replaced it, and hallelujah, it revived my PC, it is now running better than ever for the last couple of days, my PC is as follows:

CPU 4790k, still cant overclock the bloody thing.
gfx card amd HD6950, yea I know old but plays everything, overclocked.
Mem G-skill Sniper 16 gig
HDD 10TB, yes that’s a lot as I am a designer
CPU cooler Thermaltake frio, excellent cooler
Power supply thermaltake toughpower 775w
motherboard MSI gaming 7 Z97
case Antec dark knight DF-85, seven fans for god sake, plus extra fans to keep gfx card cool.

I am so happy, my comp is ok, but hell I have spent hours and hours, no wait, it was days and days, of frustration, and to think all it was, just a bloody battery that needed cleaning with a bleeding dirty T-Shirt hahahahahahah

Now I am a happy chappy once again, just goes to show, never over look the simplest of things.

Its very good that you get your PC Working.
I am having the same problem and i have tried all the things including changing the battery, but still i am having the same problem. The funniest thing is that sometimes my pc starts for radom time (may be few minutes or may be some hours) and then it go to the grave again.
You said that you have a lots of experiance in all this stuff, then what would you suggest me?

I am a student and having the problem for more than 1 month.

Have you tried to reset the CMOS?

This post is over a year old. So I would assume that he solved it one way or the other.

I still have have no answer other than a faulty power supply that could destroy RAM as he described. Apart from that issue, resetting the BIOS to the defaults, clearing the CMOS, updating the BIOS to the latest version are all good troubleshooting steps.

But I would guess that replacing the power supply (and maybe the motherboard) would probably necessary to correct the problem.

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Surface Laptop vs. MacBook Air vs. Dell XPS 13 vs. HP Spectre x360 13t: A specs comparison

Microsoft has called its new Surface Laptop the one to “reset the category.”

That’s a lofty ambition for a PC that is essentially wading into a gladiator pit. Unlike the Surface Pro and the Surface Book, which can stay above the fray with ultra-expensive, unique features, the Surface Laptop is just another thin-and-light clamshell, territory well-trod by proven contenders including Dell’s XPS 13. HP’s Spectre x360 13t. and of course, Apple’s MacBook Air.

While I haven’t actually touched a Surface Laptop to see whether its luxurious Alcantara fabric changes my expectations, I do know no computer ever escapes the scrutiny of bang for buck. I decided to see just what you get out of the Surface Laptop and comparable Apple, Dell and HP laptops at the four popular price points of $1,000, $1,300, $1,500 and $2,000.

Be warned: Some things just can’t be measured in numbers, such as keyboard feel, screen quality, build quality, and OS preference. Microsoft also hasn’t released which exact parts are going into the Surface Laptop, so to some degree this is an educated guess.

One Surface Laptop mystery, until independently verified, is battery life. At 14.5 hours per Microsoft, it’ll likely set the bar for run time. At the same time, most of the other laptops here aren’t slouches either.

What does the Surface Laptop offer when compared to a MacBook Pro 13?

What you get for $1,000

A thousand bucks is the entry level price for a “luxury” laptop, the point where you can wriggle free of thick, ugly plastic and enjoy plusher materials like aluminum and carbon fiber. For a luxury laptop, however, it’s also almost too cheap. You can’t get fancy materials and features unless corners are cut.

You can easily see what Microsoft did to hit the $999 price. Of the four laptops here, the Surface Laptop’s the only one with 4GB of RAM. For general use such as browsing and running Office, you can get by if you have a fast drive behind it. It’s still not optimal, though, and if you like to run a ton of apps and spawn dozens and dozens of browser windows, you’ll want more RAM.

On the performance front, the slowest is likely to be the MacBook Air. It is running a two-generation retrograde CPU at this point, and it has the lowest maximum clock speed. On paper, the Surface Laptop’s performance could be easily 20 percent faster than the MacBook Air on CPU-intensive tasks. I know this because I’ve tested three generations of these CPUs. The Dell XPS 13 should be among the fastest here (and likely as fast as the Surface Laptop), while the Spectre x360 will be the slowest of the Kaby Lake laptops.

The Surface Laptop has a fancy Alcantara cloth keyboard.

That’s by design, though. The Spectre x360 is the only product here that converts into a tablet. Because tablets get held against your body, HP’s understandably trying to keep them from producing more heat. A consequence is dialed-down performance.

The best value here (although it is $70 pricier) is the Spectre x360 13t, which gives you Windows Hello, an active digital pen and an SSD that is twice the size of the others. The worst value is probably a tie between the MacBook Air and the Surface Laptop. In addition to its older CPU, the MacBook Air 13’s TN display has a resolution that’s downright atrocious in 2017.

I strongly suspect that the one with the best screen (a very important feature for many) is the Surface Laptop. It has a markedly higher resolution than the others and a very pleasant 3:2 aspect ratio. What pushes the Surface Laptop into the not-good-value range is that RAM, which seems pretty chintzy for $1,000.

At $1,000, the Surface Laptop is a clamshell full of compromise.

What you get for $1,300

The sweet spot (especially for a laptop you expect to use for four years or more) is really about $1,300. At this price, RAM and storage pretty much doubles across the board.

At this price, the Surface Laptop also really moves into a comfort zone. In storage and RAM it’s on a par with the slightly cheaper MacBook Air 13 while still giving you a much better screen and a faster CPU, as well as Windows Hello, pen support (although the pen itself is optional), and 10-point touch.

Unfortunately for the Surface Laptop, the PC OEMs pack in the features, too. While the MacBook Air and Surface Laptop give you Core i5 performance, Dell’s XPS 13 features a much faster Core i7-7560U. Besides a higher boost speed of 3.8GHz, the XPS 13 also features the much faster Intel Iris Plus 640 graphics core. This means the XPS 13 is almost certainly the fastest laptop at this price.

HP doesn’t just give up, though, and it again gives you the most value with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Don’t forget its convertible capability and included active pen.

At $1,300, all of the laptops involved really hit their tipping point of usability and features but the Dell has the fastest CPU and the HP gives you double the amount of RAM and storage.

What you get for $1,500

As we move into the $1,500 price range, it’s now rich enough that Apple has two entrants. The first is a seriously hopped-up MacBook Air 13. With a Core i7-5650U CPU and a 512GB SSD, it’s the most expensive MacBook Air 13 you can get. It’s also a configuration that probably doesn’t make much sense, because even though you get a beefier SSD, you’re still stuck with that horrid low-resolution screen.

A better choice that actually feels a lot more modern is Apple’s cheapest MacBook Pro 13. It has a high-resolution screen, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a faster 6th-gen Skylake CPU with Iris 540 graphics. It is basically a much better $1,500 laptop on paper and in use (if you can stand the Butterfly keyboard).

You can also see how much Microsoft wants the Surface Laptop to compete. For about the same $1,600, the Surface Laptop one-ups the MacBook Pro 13 with a 7th-gen Kaby Lake CPU and faster Iris Plus 640 graphics. Microsoft touts the performance of the Surface Laptop as being “faster” than the MacBook Pro 13, and it likely is—just not by much, so I wouldn’t get too hung up over it.

As we’ve seen before, though, there’s little bang for the buck from Microsoft or Apple. For that we look to Dell and HP.

At $1,500, Dell gives you a faster Kaby Lake CPU with Iris Plus 640 graphics, and twice the SSD capacity of both the MacBook Pro 13 and the Surface Laptop. In performance, you can expect the Surface Laptop and the XPS 13 to be in front.

Although slightly more expensive at $1,679, HP really punches out the specs with a giant 1TB SSD and twice the amount of RAM as the others. This in addition to the included active pen, the convertible feature, and Windows Hello.

Where the Spectre can’t compete though is on performance. The Spectre does have a faster Core i7 at this price, but the processor is likely to fall behind the Surface Laptop, MacBook Pro 13 and the XPS 13 in CPU-intensive chores. Graphics will lag, too.

The Spectre x360 certainly looks like the “value” contender, but if you want that CPU and GPU performance, the XPS 13 just might eclipse it.

At $1,500, Apple gets to enter the MacBook Pro 13 as well as a hopped-up MacBook Air 13 to go up against the Surface Laptop.

What you get for $2,000

Once you pass the $1,500 mark, it almost feels like you’re just looking for ways to burn money rather than buying on specs. Looking at the contenders, Apple’s budget MacBook Air drops out because it’s not expensive enough. The remaining MacBook Pro picks up the fancy-pants OLED touchbar. You also get double the RAM and storage of the entry-level MacBook Pro 13.

The Surface Laptop stays lock-step with the MacBook Pro, with the same 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. Even with a price pushing $2,200, Microsoft still doesn’t toss the Surface Pen into the box, which is a shame.

At more than $2,200, we’ve also eliminated the HP Spectre x360 13t, whose fully loaded configuration stops at $1,600.

The laptop with the most “value” would probably be the Dell XPS 13, which gives you a fat 1TB SSD and a touchscreen with the highest pixel density. You will give up battery life, though: Previous iterations of the XPS 13 with the high-resolution panel and Iris graphics have not impressed us.

In fact, I wouldn’t ascribe any of the laptops you see here with much value at all. Maybe at $2,000, you look at Microsoft’s Surface Book instead, or a more powerful and more capable 15-inch laptop.

Spending more than $2,000 on a dual-core laptop feels excessive.

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What s the Better Buy: a Consumer or a Business Laptop?

Laptop makers such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo carefully label and target their laptops for either “business users” or “home users,” which implies that they’ve done their homework for you and selected the best models for your type of usage.

But even if you’ll be using the laptop in your living room rather than during board meetings, should you skip shopping in the business laptop department altogether? The answer is, well, it depends.

I compared similarly configured consumer and business laptop offerings from several major laptop vendors, and found several good reasons for home users to consider business laptops–including more configuration options and better warranties.

But it isn’t always a cut-and-dried decision. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when selecting your next laptop.

Six Reasons to Consider a Business Laptop

Lenovo’s ThinkPad T420 business laptop. Better durability and build quality: Business laptops are designed to take a beating, literally in some cases. Lenovo’s ThinkPad line of business laptops are military-spec-tested to endure heat, humidity, pressure, shock, and other extremes so that the laptops can survive anything business travelers and outdoor workers toss at them. (Seriously, Lenovo testers even throw laptops out of airplanes .)

The company’s IdeaPad consumer laptops don’t get that same extreme treatment, because regular laptop users supposedly don’t torture their laptops as much.

Even if you don’t plan on working in severe conditions, a business laptop’s more rugged design may help you get more long-lasting value out of your laptop, thanks to the use of premium materials. The HP ProBook 4530s laptop for professionals, for example, might look quite similar to the silver HP Pavilion dv6t in the consumer line, but the ProBook 4530s is constructed of “high-strength precision-formed aluminum” while the dv6 simply has a metallic finish. The ProBook’s aluminum is deeply anodized to be scratch-, smudge-, and wear-resistant.

The Asus U36S, a high-end consumer laptop. However, high-end materials have started to show up in premium consumer ultraportable laptops, such as the Asus U36S. which has a magnesium-aluminum alloy cover. But business laptops generally are still constructed and tested to be tougher.

For instance, Asus reinforces its business-oriented B23E laptop with metal hinges and metal brackets to cushion the hard drive, and tests both the hinges and the panels beyond consumer standards. Here’s some information on how Asus tests .

And the Dell E6520 not only has a spill-resistant keyboard (a protective seal guards against everyday spills), it also comes with a 360-degree bumper around the LCD panel, and even its latch is made of a zinc alloy for durability.

More build-to-order options: You’ll find many preconfigured laptop models to choose from in the home/consumer site of any major laptop manufacturer, but if you want to fine-tune a laptop’s specifications to a greater extent, head to the business side.

For example, with the entertainment-focused Lenovo IdeaPad Y470. you can select from consumer models with Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processors and different memory and hard-drive capacities. But your customization options for those models are limited to adding on more years to the warranty or selecting laptop accessories.

Select the business-oriented Lenovo ThinkPad T420 model, on the other hand, and you can opt for a higher-resolution display, swap in a discrete graphics card, upgrade the hard drive, add a fingerprint reader, and much more–at additional cost, of course.

Longer warranties and better support: If you want more protection for your laptop, business laptop warranties typically trump consumer ones. The Toshiba, Dell, and Asus business laptops I looked at, for example, came with standard three-year warranties, versus a one-year warranty on the consumer models.

The ThinkPad was configurable for up to a four-year warranty, while the IdeaPad warranty only went up to three years. Each year of additional protection and support is worth between $50 and $100 dollars, and gives you more peace of mind should your laptop break down beyond a one-year period.

Priority service is also sometimes available to owners of business laptops, whether or not you use it for business purposes. HP EliteBook buyers, for example, will soon be getting their own dedicated tech support person to talk to.

Additional security built in: Because lost business laptops are a huge liability and concern for business owners and IT departments, security features that consumer laptops don’t get are practically standard here. All of the business laptops I looked at offer at least the option to add a fingerprint reader, and many come with TPM (Trusted Platform Module) Embedded Security chips to encrypt your laptop’s data. HP touts its own suite of security tools (“ProtectTools”) that promises to wipe your drive remotely, shred files, check credentials on boot-up, and more.

More expansion and connectivity options: Want to quickly plug in or unplug your laptop from an external monitor and the many peripherals you own? A business laptop is more likely to have a matching docking station or port replicator, perhaps because business users are more likely to want a setup both at the office and at home, or because they need quick connectivity if they travel often.

Matte screens: Finally, consumer laptops tend to come with glossy displays that may show vibrant colors but also are subject to terrible glare. Business laptops generally have antiglare displays or at least antiglare options. These screens are easier on the eyes, easier to view outdoors, and have better viewing angles.

Next: Four Reasons to Buy a Consumer Laptop

What s the Better Buy: a Consumer or a.





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What s the Better Buy: a Consumer or a Business Laptop? #small #business #owners

#business laptops

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What s the Better Buy: a Consumer or a Business Laptop?

Laptop makers such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo carefully label and target their laptops for either “business users” or “home users,” which implies that they’ve done their homework for you and selected the best models for your type of usage.

But even if you’ll be using the laptop in your living room rather than during board meetings, should you skip shopping in the business laptop department altogether? The answer is, well, it depends.

I compared similarly configured consumer and business laptop offerings from several major laptop vendors, and found several good reasons for home users to consider business laptops–including more configuration options and better warranties.

But it isn’t always a cut-and-dried decision. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when selecting your next laptop.

Six Reasons to Consider a Business Laptop

Lenovo’s ThinkPad T420 business laptop. Better durability and build quality: Business laptops are designed to take a beating, literally in some cases. Lenovo’s ThinkPad line of business laptops are military-spec-tested to endure heat, humidity, pressure, shock, and other extremes so that the laptops can survive anything business travelers and outdoor workers toss at them. (Seriously, Lenovo testers even throw laptops out of airplanes .)

The company’s IdeaPad consumer laptops don’t get that same extreme treatment, because regular laptop users supposedly don’t torture their laptops as much.

Even if you don’t plan on working in severe conditions, a business laptop’s more rugged design may help you get more long-lasting value out of your laptop, thanks to the use of premium materials. The HP ProBook 4530s laptop for professionals, for example, might look quite similar to the silver HP Pavilion dv6t in the consumer line, but the ProBook 4530s is constructed of “high-strength precision-formed aluminum” while the dv6 simply has a metallic finish. The ProBook’s aluminum is deeply anodized to be scratch-, smudge-, and wear-resistant.

The Asus U36S, a high-end consumer laptop. However, high-end materials have started to show up in premium consumer ultraportable laptops, such as the Asus U36S. which has a magnesium-aluminum alloy cover. But business laptops generally are still constructed and tested to be tougher.

For instance, Asus reinforces its business-oriented B23E laptop with metal hinges and metal brackets to cushion the hard drive, and tests both the hinges and the panels beyond consumer standards. Here’s some information on how Asus tests .

And the Dell E6520 not only has a spill-resistant keyboard (a protective seal guards against everyday spills), it also comes with a 360-degree bumper around the LCD panel, and even its latch is made of a zinc alloy for durability.

More build-to-order options: You’ll find many preconfigured laptop models to choose from in the home/consumer site of any major laptop manufacturer, but if you want to fine-tune a laptop’s specifications to a greater extent, head to the business side.

For example, with the entertainment-focused Lenovo IdeaPad Y470. you can select from consumer models with Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processors and different memory and hard-drive capacities. But your customization options for those models are limited to adding on more years to the warranty or selecting laptop accessories.

Select the business-oriented Lenovo ThinkPad T420 model, on the other hand, and you can opt for a higher-resolution display, swap in a discrete graphics card, upgrade the hard drive, add a fingerprint reader, and much more–at additional cost, of course.

Longer warranties and better support: If you want more protection for your laptop, business laptop warranties typically trump consumer ones. The Toshiba, Dell, and Asus business laptops I looked at, for example, came with standard three-year warranties, versus a one-year warranty on the consumer models.

The ThinkPad was configurable for up to a four-year warranty, while the IdeaPad warranty only went up to three years. Each year of additional protection and support is worth between $50 and $100 dollars, and gives you more peace of mind should your laptop break down beyond a one-year period.

Priority service is also sometimes available to owners of business laptops, whether or not you use it for business purposes. HP EliteBook buyers, for example, will soon be getting their own dedicated tech support person to talk to.

Additional security built in: Because lost business laptops are a huge liability and concern for business owners and IT departments, security features that consumer laptops don’t get are practically standard here. All of the business laptops I looked at offer at least the option to add a fingerprint reader, and many come with TPM (Trusted Platform Module) Embedded Security chips to encrypt your laptop’s data. HP touts its own suite of security tools (“ProtectTools”) that promises to wipe your drive remotely, shred files, check credentials on boot-up, and more.

More expansion and connectivity options: Want to quickly plug in or unplug your laptop from an external monitor and the many peripherals you own? A business laptop is more likely to have a matching docking station or port replicator, perhaps because business users are more likely to want a setup both at the office and at home, or because they need quick connectivity if they travel often.

Matte screens: Finally, consumer laptops tend to come with glossy displays that may show vibrant colors but also are subject to terrible glare. Business laptops generally have antiglare displays or at least antiglare options. These screens are easier on the eyes, easier to view outdoors, and have better viewing angles.

Next: Four Reasons to Buy a Consumer Laptop

What s the Better Buy: a Consumer or a.





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Best laptops for business 2016: Best laptops for UK business, choosing from Windows laptops vs Macbooks vs Chromebooks vs tablets

What is the best laptop for business? We find the best laptops for business 2016. Best laptops from Windows laptops vs Macbooks vs Chromebooks vs tablets. Advice on buying laptops for your business. (See also: 8 best powerful laptops for business .)

1. Best laptops for business: Budget Windows laptop

Almost every business will plump for a budget Windows lappy. and almost every business is right to do so. For a little over 200 you can pick up a perfectly serviceable, no frills notebook that will run all Windows software and connect to the web. Basically, it will do what you need it to do, without looking sexy. Potential down sides include weight and heft, life away from the mains. Cheap laptops don’t tend to have great battery life. Also you will need security software, and beware a cheap display that reflects the strip lights of your local Starbucks.

2. Best laptop for business: Ultrabook

Like a budget laptop, only better. And more expensive. Ultrabook is an Intel term for a thin-and-light Windows laptop that offers powerful performance and true portability. Other features might include a touchscreen, or tablet functionality. Ultrabooks offer all of the advantages of any Windows laptops, and more. But they are not cheap. In fact, at this price you may as well plump for a Macbook.

3. Best laptops for business: Macbook

Macbooks are what Ultrabooks are templated on. Sleek, portable, powerful. expensive. But generally great. There is no nicer laptop to use than a Macbook Pro. No more portable laptop than a Macbook Air. And running OS X means you have less to worry about on the security front. Down sides? Well price is one. Lack of Windows compatibility the other. But if you must have a Windows laptop, and price is not a major consideration, you can always run Windows on your Macbook.

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4. Best laptops for business: Chromebook

The joker in the pack. Chromebooks are laptops that run Google’s Chrome OS. In essence, they use Google Docs, Gmail and other Google tools instead of Windows or Mac software. You can use them when offline, but really they need a regular connection to the web to work. But Chromebooks are super cheap, as well as stylish and powerful. And there are no real security worries. Just don’t use a Chromebook if you need to use Windows, Office or any other Microsoft software. (Or games.) (For more, see: Review: Dell Chromebook 13 .)

5. Best laptops for business: Linux laptop

Another option if you can escape the world of Windows or OS X is Linux. A quick Google Shopping search throws up multiple laptops from the likes of Lenovo, HP and Acer that run on a Linux OS. Linux OSes vary, but in general the open source software is similar to Windows in look, feel and functionality. And being open source it can be tweaked to suit your business’ needs. There is no software licence fee, so the same hardware is often cheaper running Linux that it is Windows or OS X. And you don’t have the same security needs as you do in Windows. But compatiblity is an issue, with both software and other devices. Choice is limited. And you will get funny looks off your colleagues.

6. Best laptops for business: tablet

Microsoft would have you believe that the Surface Pro is the tablet that can replace your laptop. Apple makes similar claims about the iPad Pro. And there are myriad Windows tablets trying to squeeze in to the space. The truth is that if your major concern is portability, the Surface Pro in particular is a stunning device. Just expect to get what you pay for, and understand that the best laptop for using on your lap will always be. a laptop. (See also: iPad Pro vs Surface Pro for business .)

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12 In-Home Business Opportunities You Can Start From Your Laptop

Think you need a lot of complicated equipment to start a business from your home? Think again. There are actually plenty of opportunities out there for entrepreneurs to start businesses with just a laptop and maybe a couple of other simple items .

If you want to start a business from your home, but you only have a laptop to work with, here are some work from home ideas for businesses you can start right away.

Work From Home Ideas You Can Start on Your Laptop

Virtual Assistant

A huge variety of business owners and professionals need help organizing and managing their day-to-day tasks. That’s why they hire virtual assistants. You can start a virtual assistant business just by setting up a website and outlining your services and prices to potential clients. Then you can help them manage things like scheduling, email, social media and more communicating with your clients via chat, Skype, email or other means.

Social Media Manager

If you want to get more specific, you can start an online business just to help various businesses start and manage their social media accounts. You can work remotely and communicate with clients about their social media activity. And you can enact specialized social media campaigns and promotions to help them grow their networks on those sites.

Copywriter

Skilled writers, you can offer your services to clients as a freelance copywriter. You can provide a variety of different writing services, from blog posts and product descriptions to short ad copy.

Blogger

Or you can start your own blog about business or a variety of other topics. Then you can earn revenue through PPC advertising, sponsored content, affiliate promotions or even selling informational products related to your topic.

Website Manager

Web developers and tech savvy business owners can also offer services as a website manager. In this capacity, you’d be responsible for maintaining websites for different businesses and clients. You might also be able to help businesses set up and develop different features of their websites. You can do all the work yourself or outsource some of the day-to-day operations with services like Go Daddy Pro .

eBay or Etsy Seller

If you have physical or even digital products to sell, you can set up an eCommerce store on a number of different platforms from your laptop. eBay is one of the most popular platforms for home businesses. But you could also sign up for an account with Etsy, Amazon, or a number of other options.

Translator

Things like books, transcripts and reports all need to be translated into different languages from time to time. If you are fluent in multiple languages, you can offer your services as a translator to make content available in languages other than the one in which it was originally created.

Proofreader

Offering your services as an editor or proofreader is another option for a home-based business. You can have clients send you pieces of writing that you can check for errors. You can even provide suggestions for overall content improvement.

Ebook Author

Writers who have a more long-form story or subject in mind could opt for book authorship rather than short blogs or articles. And you can even become an author from your home with just a laptop thanks to the growing popularity of ebooks. Platforms like Amazon offer the opportunity for writers to upload entire books and offer them for sale to an eager community of online readers.

Logo Designer

Designers who create complicated pieces may require desktop computers or complicated equipment. But you can offer some simple branding packages like logo design to clients right from your laptop. You’ll need to create a website and outline your services. Then work with clients to develop designs for their brands.

Marketing Consultant

If you have some expertise in any area of marketing, you can offer your skills to businesses as a consultant. You can choose a specific niche or just work with businesses in a variety of different areas of marketing. Then communicate with your clients through email, phone calls or other online communications.

Online Teacher

Or you can share your knowledge with online consumers in another format. Whether your expertise is in business, marketing or another discipline entirely like French, history or creative writing you can create online courses within your niche and then sell them on your website or other online platforms. This option allows you to share your knowledge with more people in a shorter amount of time than if you were to just work with clients one on one.

Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found on her personal blog Wattlebird. and exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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12 In-Home Business Opportunities You Can Start From Your Laptop

Think you need a lot of complicated equipment to start a business from your home? Think again. There are actually plenty of opportunities out there for entrepreneurs to start businesses with just a laptop and maybe a couple of other simple items .

If you want to start a business from your home, but you only have a laptop to work with, here are some work from home ideas for businesses you can start right away.

Work From Home Ideas You Can Start on Your Laptop

Virtual Assistant

A huge variety of business owners and professionals need help organizing and managing their day-to-day tasks. That’s why they hire virtual assistants. You can start a virtual assistant business just by setting up a website and outlining your services and prices to potential clients. Then you can help them manage things like scheduling, email, social media and more communicating with your clients via chat, Skype, email or other means.

Social Media Manager

If you want to get more specific, you can start an online business just to help various businesses start and manage their social media accounts. You can work remotely and communicate with clients about their social media activity. And you can enact specialized social media campaigns and promotions to help them grow their networks on those sites.

Copywriter

Skilled writers, you can offer your services to clients as a freelance copywriter. You can provide a variety of different writing services, from blog posts and product descriptions to short ad copy.

Blogger

Or you can start your own blog about business or a variety of other topics. Then you can earn revenue through PPC advertising, sponsored content, affiliate promotions or even selling informational products related to your topic.

Website Manager

Web developers and tech savvy business owners can also offer services as a website manager. In this capacity, you’d be responsible for maintaining websites for different businesses and clients. You might also be able to help businesses set up and develop different features of their websites. You can do all the work yourself or outsource some of the day-to-day operations with services like Go Daddy Pro .

eBay or Etsy Seller

If you have physical or even digital products to sell, you can set up an eCommerce store on a number of different platforms from your laptop. eBay is one of the most popular platforms for home businesses. But you could also sign up for an account with Etsy, Amazon, or a number of other options.

Translator

Things like books, transcripts and reports all need to be translated into different languages from time to time. If you are fluent in multiple languages, you can offer your services as a translator to make content available in languages other than the one in which it was originally created.

Proofreader

Offering your services as an editor or proofreader is another option for a home-based business. You can have clients send you pieces of writing that you can check for errors. You can even provide suggestions for overall content improvement.

Ebook Author

Writers who have a more long-form story or subject in mind could opt for book authorship rather than short blogs or articles. And you can even become an author from your home with just a laptop thanks to the growing popularity of ebooks. Platforms like Amazon offer the opportunity for writers to upload entire books and offer them for sale to an eager community of online readers.

Logo Designer

Designers who create complicated pieces may require desktop computers or complicated equipment. But you can offer some simple branding packages like logo design to clients right from your laptop. You’ll need to create a website and outline your services. Then work with clients to develop designs for their brands.

Marketing Consultant

If you have some expertise in any area of marketing, you can offer your skills to businesses as a consultant. You can choose a specific niche or just work with businesses in a variety of different areas of marketing. Then communicate with your clients through email, phone calls or other online communications.

Online Teacher

Or you can share your knowledge with online consumers in another format. Whether your expertise is in business, marketing or another discipline entirely like French, history or creative writing you can create online courses within your niche and then sell them on your website or other online platforms. This option allows you to share your knowledge with more people in a shorter amount of time than if you were to just work with clients one on one.

Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found on her personal blog Wattlebird. and exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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What s the Better Buy: a Consumer or a Business Laptop?

Laptop makers such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo carefully label and target their laptops for either “business users” or “home users,” which implies that they’ve done their homework for you and selected the best models for your type of usage.

But even if you’ll be using the laptop in your living room rather than during board meetings, should you skip shopping in the business laptop department altogether? The answer is, well, it depends.

I compared similarly configured consumer and business laptop offerings from several major laptop vendors, and found several good reasons for home users to consider business laptops–including more configuration options and better warranties.

But it isn’t always a cut-and-dried decision. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when selecting your next laptop.

Six Reasons to Consider a Business Laptop

Lenovo’s ThinkPad T420 business laptop. Better durability and build quality: Business laptops are designed to take a beating, literally in some cases. Lenovo’s ThinkPad line of business laptops are military-spec-tested to endure heat, humidity, pressure, shock, and other extremes so that the laptops can survive anything business travelers and outdoor workers toss at them. (Seriously, Lenovo testers even throw laptops out of airplanes .)

The company’s IdeaPad consumer laptops don’t get that same extreme treatment, because regular laptop users supposedly don’t torture their laptops as much.

Even if you don’t plan on working in severe conditions, a business laptop’s more rugged design may help you get more long-lasting value out of your laptop, thanks to the use of premium materials. The HP ProBook 4530s laptop for professionals, for example, might look quite similar to the silver HP Pavilion dv6t in the consumer line, but the ProBook 4530s is constructed of “high-strength precision-formed aluminum” while the dv6 simply has a metallic finish. The ProBook’s aluminum is deeply anodized to be scratch-, smudge-, and wear-resistant.

The Asus U36S, a high-end consumer laptop. However, high-end materials have started to show up in premium consumer ultraportable laptops, such as the Asus U36S. which has a magnesium-aluminum alloy cover. But business laptops generally are still constructed and tested to be tougher.

For instance, Asus reinforces its business-oriented B23E laptop with metal hinges and metal brackets to cushion the hard drive, and tests both the hinges and the panels beyond consumer standards. Here’s some information on how Asus tests .

And the Dell E6520 not only has a spill-resistant keyboard (a protective seal guards against everyday spills), it also comes with a 360-degree bumper around the LCD panel, and even its latch is made of a zinc alloy for durability.

More build-to-order options: You’ll find many preconfigured laptop models to choose from in the home/consumer site of any major laptop manufacturer, but if you want to fine-tune a laptop’s specifications to a greater extent, head to the business side.

For example, with the entertainment-focused Lenovo IdeaPad Y470. you can select from consumer models with Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processors and different memory and hard-drive capacities. But your customization options for those models are limited to adding on more years to the warranty or selecting laptop accessories.

Select the business-oriented Lenovo ThinkPad T420 model, on the other hand, and you can opt for a higher-resolution display, swap in a discrete graphics card, upgrade the hard drive, add a fingerprint reader, and much more–at additional cost, of course.

Longer warranties and better support: If you want more protection for your laptop, business laptop warranties typically trump consumer ones. The Toshiba, Dell, and Asus business laptops I looked at, for example, came with standard three-year warranties, versus a one-year warranty on the consumer models.

The ThinkPad was configurable for up to a four-year warranty, while the IdeaPad warranty only went up to three years. Each year of additional protection and support is worth between $50 and $100 dollars, and gives you more peace of mind should your laptop break down beyond a one-year period.

Priority service is also sometimes available to owners of business laptops, whether or not you use it for business purposes. HP EliteBook buyers, for example, will soon be getting their own dedicated tech support person to talk to.

Additional security built in: Because lost business laptops are a huge liability and concern for business owners and IT departments, security features that consumer laptops don’t get are practically standard here. All of the business laptops I looked at offer at least the option to add a fingerprint reader, and many come with TPM (Trusted Platform Module) Embedded Security chips to encrypt your laptop’s data. HP touts its own suite of security tools (“ProtectTools”) that promises to wipe your drive remotely, shred files, check credentials on boot-up, and more.

More expansion and connectivity options: Want to quickly plug in or unplug your laptop from an external monitor and the many peripherals you own? A business laptop is more likely to have a matching docking station or port replicator, perhaps because business users are more likely to want a setup both at the office and at home, or because they need quick connectivity if they travel often.

Matte screens: Finally, consumer laptops tend to come with glossy displays that may show vibrant colors but also are subject to terrible glare. Business laptops generally have antiglare displays or at least antiglare options. These screens are easier on the eyes, easier to view outdoors, and have better viewing angles.

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12 In-Home Business Opportunities You Can Start From Your Laptop

Think you need a lot of complicated equipment to start a business from your home? Think again. There are actually plenty of opportunities out there for entrepreneurs to start businesses with just a laptop and maybe a couple of other simple items .

If you want to start a business from your home, but you only have a laptop to work with, here are some work from home ideas for businesses you can start right away.

Work From Home Ideas You Can Start on Your Laptop

Virtual Assistant

A huge variety of business owners and professionals need help organizing and managing their day-to-day tasks. That’s why they hire virtual assistants. You can start a virtual assistant business just by setting up a website and outlining your services and prices to potential clients. Then you can help them manage things like scheduling, email, social media and more communicating with your clients via chat, Skype, email or other means.

Social Media Manager

If you want to get more specific, you can start an online business just to help various businesses start and manage their social media accounts. You can work remotely and communicate with clients about their social media activity. And you can enact specialized social media campaigns and promotions to help them grow their networks on those sites.

Copywriter

Skilled writers, you can offer your services to clients as a freelance copywriter. You can provide a variety of different writing services, from blog posts and product descriptions to short ad copy.

Blogger

Or you can start your own blog about business or a variety of other topics. Then you can earn revenue through PPC advertising, sponsored content, affiliate promotions or even selling informational products related to your topic.

Website Manager

Web developers and tech savvy business owners can also offer services as a website manager. In this capacity, you’d be responsible for maintaining websites for different businesses and clients. You might also be able to help businesses set up and develop different features of their websites. You can do all the work yourself or outsource some of the day-to-day operations with services like Go Daddy Pro .

eBay or Etsy Seller

If you have physical or even digital products to sell, you can set up an eCommerce store on a number of different platforms from your laptop. eBay is one of the most popular platforms for home businesses. But you could also sign up for an account with Etsy, Amazon, or a number of other options.

Translator

Things like books, transcripts and reports all need to be translated into different languages from time to time. If you are fluent in multiple languages, you can offer your services as a translator to make content available in languages other than the one in which it was originally created.

Proofreader

Offering your services as an editor or proofreader is another option for a home-based business. You can have clients send you pieces of writing that you can check for errors. You can even provide suggestions for overall content improvement.

Ebook Author

Writers who have a more long-form story or subject in mind could opt for book authorship rather than short blogs or articles. And you can even become an author from your home with just a laptop thanks to the growing popularity of ebooks. Platforms like Amazon offer the opportunity for writers to upload entire books and offer them for sale to an eager community of online readers.

Logo Designer

Designers who create complicated pieces may require desktop computers or complicated equipment. But you can offer some simple branding packages like logo design to clients right from your laptop. You’ll need to create a website and outline your services. Then work with clients to develop designs for their brands.

Marketing Consultant

If you have some expertise in any area of marketing, you can offer your skills to businesses as a consultant. You can choose a specific niche or just work with businesses in a variety of different areas of marketing. Then communicate with your clients through email, phone calls or other online communications.

Online Teacher

Or you can share your knowledge with online consumers in another format. Whether your expertise is in business, marketing or another discipline entirely like French, history or creative writing you can create online courses within your niche and then sell them on your website or other online platforms. This option allows you to share your knowledge with more people in a shorter amount of time than if you were to just work with clients one on one.

Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found on her personal blog Wattlebird. and exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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Best laptops for business 2016: Best laptops for UK business, choosing from Windows laptops vs Macbooks vs Chromebooks vs tablets

What is the best laptop for business? We find the best laptops for business 2016. Best laptops from Windows laptops vs Macbooks vs Chromebooks vs tablets. Advice on buying laptops for your business. (See also: 8 best powerful laptops for business .)

1. Best laptops for business: Budget Windows laptop

Almost every business will plump for a budget Windows lappy. and almost every business is right to do so. For a little over 200 you can pick up a perfectly serviceable, no frills notebook that will run all Windows software and connect to the web. Basically, it will do what you need it to do, without looking sexy. Potential down sides include weight and heft, life away from the mains. Cheap laptops don’t tend to have great battery life. Also you will need security software, and beware a cheap display that reflects the strip lights of your local Starbucks.

2. Best laptop for business: Ultrabook

Like a budget laptop, only better. And more expensive. Ultrabook is an Intel term for a thin-and-light Windows laptop that offers powerful performance and true portability. Other features might include a touchscreen, or tablet functionality. Ultrabooks offer all of the advantages of any Windows laptops, and more. But they are not cheap. In fact, at this price you may as well plump for a Macbook.

3. Best laptops for business: Macbook

Macbooks are what Ultrabooks are templated on. Sleek, portable, powerful. expensive. But generally great. There is no nicer laptop to use than a Macbook Pro. No more portable laptop than a Macbook Air. And running OS X means you have less to worry about on the security front. Down sides? Well price is one. Lack of Windows compatibility the other. But if you must have a Windows laptop, and price is not a major consideration, you can always run Windows on your Macbook.

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4. Best laptops for business: Chromebook

The joker in the pack. Chromebooks are laptops that run Google’s Chrome OS. In essence, they use Google Docs, Gmail and other Google tools instead of Windows or Mac software. You can use them when offline, but really they need a regular connection to the web to work. But Chromebooks are super cheap, as well as stylish and powerful. And there are no real security worries. Just don’t use a Chromebook if you need to use Windows, Office or any other Microsoft software. (Or games.) (For more, see: Review: Dell Chromebook 13 .)

5. Best laptops for business: Linux laptop

Another option if you can escape the world of Windows or OS X is Linux. A quick Google Shopping search throws up multiple laptops from the likes of Lenovo, HP and Acer that run on a Linux OS. Linux OSes vary, but in general the open source software is similar to Windows in look, feel and functionality. And being open source it can be tweaked to suit your business’ needs. There is no software licence fee, so the same hardware is often cheaper running Linux that it is Windows or OS X. And you don’t have the same security needs as you do in Windows. But compatiblity is an issue, with both software and other devices. Choice is limited. And you will get funny looks off your colleagues.

6. Best laptops for business: tablet

Microsoft would have you believe that the Surface Pro is the tablet that can replace your laptop. Apple makes similar claims about the iPad Pro. And there are myriad Windows tablets trying to squeeze in to the space. The truth is that if your major concern is portability, the Surface Pro in particular is a stunning device. Just expect to get what you pay for, and understand that the best laptop for using on your lap will always be. a laptop. (See also: iPad Pro vs Surface Pro for business .)

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