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The Top 4 Considerations for Choosing New Business Technology

Are you looking for the right technology to run your small business but aren’t sure where to start? In a recent Google+ Hangout, Digital Lifestyle Expert™, media personality and Emmy Award–winning TV host Mario Armstrong talked about the latest tech, from laptops to tablets, with insights to help you get work done.

“There are a few things you need to consider when buying a laptop,” said Armstrong. “There are so many options on the market today.” Start by reflecting on what you want and need to guide your decision.

Take Inventory

What programs do you currently use on your device? What programs would you like to grow into? The technology you select for basic office tasks will not likely be the same device you’d want for editing video and photos. Identify how you will primarily use the new machine you’re buying. This will help you make decisions on processor speeds, RAM, hard drive size and other key variables.

Operating Systems

The market now offers more platforms than ever. Windows 8 is very different from other operating systems, because some Windows 8 devices allow you to take advantage of touch screens while others present a more typical mouse and keyboard setup.

On the Go or Stay Put?

Will you be traveling with your device or do you prefer to set up shop at a more permanent location? If your technology will be racking up the frequent flier miles by your side, you’ll need to consider the size, weight and screen size. Armstrong suggested heading to your local store to get a feel for the devices: “Go into the store, give them a test drive — touch it, feel it, see if it’s right for you.”

Budget

Regardless of your finances, there is a device on the market for you. A fair budget can get you a laptop with all the bells and whistles you need. The market has changed in recent years, allowing you to find the right tablet or laptop for your wallet.

Additional Considerations

Considering a Chromebook? Be aware that “it’s not Windows,” Armstrong advised. The Google browser is your entire operating system, and you use Google to collaborate in real time across the application. If you are looking for a device for emailing, Web browsing and light document use, then a Chromebook is an affordable option.

Need a device that can process credit card payments for your small business? Don’t overlook a tablet. Many tablets on the market are compatible with credit card readers, allowing businesses to process payments anywhere.

With so many technology options available today, you can definitely find the right device to meet your needs. With a little research, you’ll be able to narrow down the myriad options.

Still have questions? Read more from Mario Armstrong on buying tablets and buying laptops.

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