Working from home (WFH) has become more common than ever. Thanks to modern technology, many employees can be just as productive from their home as they are in the office. Usually, it’s for a few days or a week—when a kid is sick and someone has to watch them, for example—and sometimes it can be for a longer period.
With the right computer, working from home can be a breeze. Pick the wrong one, and it can turn into a nightmare that finds you spending way too much time with your company’s IT staff as they try to find workarounds …
Types of Computers for Home
There are 3 main types of computers that you should consider when working from home. All -in-Ones, Desktops and Laptops. We will go over the merits and demerits of each to help you decide which one will work best for you.
- Cost – Desktops will typically be the most economical option
- Performance – If you are looking for top end performance a desktop is going to be your best option
- Noise Level– Unlike laptops, desktop computers have space for larger fans and better airflow. This almost always results in quieter operation
- Connectivity – A desktop computer will typically have more ports and connectors
- Upgradability – Standard desktop computers offer easy upgrade paths if you need more power or storage in the future
- Size & Portability – Unless you are going with an ultra compact Mini ITX PC, your desktop will most likely be rather large. Desktop computers are designed to sit on or under a desk. Users looking for portability will want to turn elsewhere. Monitor/Peripherals: When you purchase a desktop you will also have to buy a monitor, keyboard/mouse, webcam, and any other missing peripherals.
There has been a huge rise in the popularity of laptops over the last two decades. Many companies favor laptops because they are easier to set up and work with. And with every passing year, they seem to get not only more powerful but smaller and lighter too. If you are planning to buy one for home office use, here are some important things to consider.
- Size & Portability – Users looking for the greatest level of flexibility will want to go with a laptop as most can be unplugged and thrown into a bag or moved anywhere in your home. Monitor/Peripherals: Laptops come with everything you need – computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers – all in one nice compact box.
- Cost – Laptops typically will be a little more expensive than desktops.
- Performance – While you can get desktop-like performance in some laptops, desktop computers with similar specifications will outperform the laptop counterpart.
- Noise Level – Laptops cram a lot of components into tight packages. Fast spinning fans are used to cool these components which can create a lot of noise depending on the model and workload.
- Connectivity – While some laptops do feature a healthy selection of ports and connectors, they will typically lag behind desktops. There simply isn’t enough space for a ton of ports.
- Upgradability – Outside of RAM and storage, you most likely won’t be able to upgrade the core components of your laptop. Whatever CPU/GPU came with the system is what you are stuck with.
- Size – While not exactly portable, all-in-one computers take up the footprint of a big monitor, eliminating the need for a big box sitting on or under your desk. If you do need to move the system you just have to unplug it.
- Monitor/Peripherals – Just like a laptop an all-in-ones contains everything you need to get going. By building the computer behind a monitor you can have a full desktop experience without some of the headaches
- Performance – All-in-ones offer performance that falls in between a desktop and a laptop, depending on your configuration. While they have more room for cooling than a laptop, they are still more compact than a full size desktop.
- Connectivity – You will find a desktop level selection of ports and connectors