As we are all once more advised to work from home if possible, many of us will be reviewing our computer apps and hardware in 2022. It is predicted that up to 80% of companies will be operating on a hybrid system of home and office-based working in the future, so it’s worth investing in the best kit.
One of the most basic questions is of course: desktop or laptop? Broadly speaking, desktops are cheaper, and last longer than laptops. If possible, look for a (SSD) which are faster and more efficient than hard disk drives (HDD). SSDs may be more expensive, but if you are going to be using your computer daily, the investment is worth it.
The portability of laptops is a huge advantage over desktops, and for those who attend a lot of in-person meetings, or just like to work in the garden, this will be the preferred choice. However, if you spend many hours at a time working, it’s advisable to keep an eye on your posture, as laptops encourage hunching and have small keyboards.
For those whose work is document or spreadsheet based, there’s no need to spend a fortune on software. Most of the major tech companies, such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple, offer some degree of free online tools, which you can use in a browser window. If you need more advanced features, it may be worth paying to a subscription service.
Home working will require some sort of from time to time. There’s plenty of choice, from Zoom, to Skype, and Google Chat. For remote working collaborations, employers often prefer Microsoft Teams, because is integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft Office apps, such as Outlook, which are widely used in many workplaces.
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