Do you want to know which are the best laptops to work as a freelancer at home? Are you teleworking at home and need a laptop to video conference?
The number of freelancers or people who work on their own in Spain is quite high, and many of them work directly from home, turning a room into an office and their office. And many people are telecommuting from home.
Today we are going to start a series of articles in which we are going to recommend the best technological devices to set up your home office. Are they only suitable for Freelancers? No, obviously they are some of the best technological products of the moment, perfectly valid for everyone.
We will see laptops, speakers, headphones, hard drives, routers, cameras, monitors, printers, scanners, mice, or keyboards over the next two weeks. Today we will start with the best laptops.
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What do these laptops need to work at home comfortably? A good screen
You will need to add an extra screen to your equipment to be able to carry out your daily work in the most comfortable way possible when you are at home. We have recommended a few options in:
The best laptops for working from home as a freelancer
1.-14 or 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro Chip – The best option for security and operation of the operating system
- Chip M1 Pro
- 10-core CPU
- 16-core GPU
- 16GB unified memory
- 1 TB SSD storage
- 16-core neural engine
- 14-inch Liquid Retina XDR display
- Three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, and MagSafe 3 port
- Teclado Magic Keyboard con Touch ID
- Trackpad Force Touch
- 96W USB-C Power Adapter
- Can be purchased in silver or space gray
If you want to build your own home office, there is no better laptop than a 14 “or 14” Macbook Pro with Liquid Retina XDR display. The M1 Pro Chip is a real beast (and the M1 Max Chip much more, but it is more expensive).
It has the best balance between power and mobility, as well as having a fantastic screen, keyboard and trackpad… At home you can always buy a monitor to connect it to your Mac. And macOS, an operating system infinitely more secure than Windows.
It is perfect the 14-inch model with a Chip M1 Pro processor, 1 TB of storage and 16 GB of RAM, more than enough for most people, but if you regularly work with complex spreadsheets, large blocks of code, or edit photos and video, you may want the model with 32 GB of RAM and a 16 ″ screen.
Its 1080p camera is perfect for video conferencing.
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The 2021 Mackbook Pro has three Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, an SDXC card slot, and a MagSafe 3 port. It also has fingerprint identification and even 2 external 4K monitors.
If you need something more powerful or with a bigger screen, the 16 ″ is perfect, but keep in mind that it weighs more. You currently have all the software you need on macOS, such as Word or Excel.
2.-Lenovo ThinkPad E15: 15.6 ″ Full HD Small Business Laptop
- Pantalla de 15.6″ Full HD (1920x1080px) con 250 nits Anti-glare
- Procesador Intel Core i5-10210U
- 8 GB RAM DDR4-2666 SO-DIMM RAM
- 256GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe NVMe 3.0 × 2 storage
- Integrated graphics card Intel UHD Graphics
- Windows 10 Pro 64 operating system
This computer has an unbeatable price quality at the moment. It’s cheap, you have 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD hard drive, and Intel processor.
It weighs less than 1.85 KG, a good design and finish, and good hardware to be able to use office applications or editors like GIMP without much problem and in a fluid way. The keyboard is really comfortable to use and the screen is sharp.
Depending on your needs, you have to consider going for the 16 GB of RAM so that everything goes smoothly. Or change the processor for a higher one.
It is the perfect computer model in case you want to install Linux on it together with the Dell XPS.
3.-Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – 12.3 ″ 2-in-1 laptop
- 12.3-inch touchscreen (2736 × 1824 pixels)
- Procesador Intel 10ª Gen. Core i5-1035G4, 1.1 GHz
- 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 128GB solid hard drive
- Intel Graphics graphics card
- Windows 10 Home Operating System
- Does not include Type Cover (keyboard cover)
The new generation of this Microsoft tablet is excellent for professional use with Windows 10. It has a 12.3 ″ screen with a 2736 x 1824 px resolution, giving it a 3: 2 aspect ratio and making it perfect for reading PDF documents or magazines, and of course for taking notes. The most affordable model has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD hard drive. Its battery lasts longer and its performance is higher than the previous generation.
The new technology that Microsoft has included in its “Surface Pro Pen” makes taking notes on this tablet a joy (not a cheap accessory). Clicking a button on the Pen immediately launches OneNote, which allows you to capture drawings, sketches, and notes. The pencil has a rubber which allows you to interact with the tablet in a different way. The PixelSense display supports Surface Pen and touch.
The downside to writing with a digital pen on a tablet is that you don’t feel like it’s real – it’s a lot more slippery and lacks the friction of writing on paper. This also happens on the Surface Pro.
OneNote software comes with a great handwriting-to-text transcription feature. And if we add the keyboard, this tablet can perfectly replace your laptop. The battery could improve somewhat and there are few apps in tablet mode.
You have many versions of hardware: you can choose to use Intel Core i5, Core i7 and various storage capacities up to 1 TB of SSD hard drive. You can buy the Surface without or with the Type cover. The pen is purchased separately. In the end you can leave yourself a good amount of money if you add all the functionalities, far exceeding 2000 euros.
- Need something cheaper from Microsoft? You are interested in the Microsoft Surface Go 2 with a 10.5-inch touchscreen and Full HD 1920 x 1080 px resolution, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.
4.-Dell XPS 15-9510 – Laptop 15.6 ″ FullHD – The ultrabook you were looking for with Windows
- 15.6 ″ Full HD screen with 1920 × 1080 pixel resolution
- Procesador Intel Core i7-11800H
- 16GB RAM
- 512GB SSD storage
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card with 4GB GDDR6
- Windows 10 Home Operating System
If you prefer Windows, this Dell Ultrabook is a great option. It’s thin, light, with great battery life, a good trackpad, and a good screen with Full HD resolution. The housing is made of aluminum.
The screen is InfinityEdge, has no touch functionality, is anti-glare and offers 500 nits.
The XPS has 16GB of RAM, a 512GB solid state drive, Windows 10, an Intel Core i7 processor, more than enough to carry out daily work with ease.
It has 2 Thunderbolt 4 type C connectors, USB-C 3.2, Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2 × 2) and Bluetooth 5.1 and SD card reader, so connectivity is assured.
The only thing that fails is the camera, which is only 720p and runs Windows… but you can easily install Linux on these laptops (the Dell XPS are always recommended because they are Linux friendly).
5.-Lenovo Legion 7 – The business and gaming laptop
- Pantalla de 15.6″ Full HD (1920x1080px) IPS 500nits Anti-glare, 240Hz, 100% sRGB, HDR400, G-Sync, Dolby Vision
- Procesador Intel Core i7-10750H (6C/12T, 2.6/5.0GHz, 12 MB)
- 16 GB RAM memory (2x 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2933)
- 512GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 x 4 NVMe Storage
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 8 GB GDDR6 graphics card
- No operating system
A durable and reliable laptop with a Full HD screen, backlit keyboard, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD hard drive.
It is a laptop designed for gaming, but precisely for that reason it is perfect for performing tasks that require a large amount of processing or for using infinite excel sheets. You can remove the RGB keyboard lighting.
It has the ports and functions for professionals that we will not find in ultrabooks: 1 x USB 3.1, 2 x USB 3.1, 1 HDMI 2.0 port, 1 Ethernet RJ45, Thunderbolt 3 Type-C, USB-C (DisplayPort 1.4, USB 3.1 Gen 1), headphone / microphone combo jack.
This Lenovo model has a great battery life and one of the best keyboards that you will be able to find in any laptop.
This computer is going to last you more than 5 years with total security, although it is possible that the previous options will work for most.
The camera is only 720p and it is quite expensive. Its only drawbacks.