Everyone’s a “road warrior” today.
With mobile connectivity a given, staffing and recruiting sales professionals and recruiters can and do work effectively from anywhere at any time. Sure, a smart phone is great for checking email and texts or some business performance dashboards, but when you need to buckle down and get some real work done, you need something bigger, faster, and more capable, yet portable – so nothing beats a laptop.
That’s where the latest crop of high-performance 2-in-1 hybrid laptops come in. They offer business professionals the ability to use them as either a laptop or a touch-screen tablet. That versatility, supported by the new Windows 10 operating system, offers compelling reasons to consider them for your staffing and recruiting team who spend as much (or more) time out of the office as in it.
But first, let’s narrow down the growing list of 2-in-1 hybrid laptop contenders based on a few key criteria that makes them more suitable for staffing and recruiting business users. Here’s the key selection criteria we recommend:
- Windows 10 as the operating system. Yeah, I know there are those that will always claim the Mac OS is better, but the reviews of Windows 10 are in, and they are very convincing, especially for business users.
- Microsoft Office Professional with Outlook — the business standard for office productivity.
- 32-bit version of Firefox 30.0+ or Internet Explorer 11. If there is one short-falling in Windows 10, it’s the new Edge browser. Reviewers say the new browser, while offering great potential and performance, is not quite ready for prime-time.
- A good keyboard. Let’s face it, if you have to enter sales or candidate data, write emails, create presentations or otherwise use your staffing software for extended periods of time, you’ll do it faster and more accurately with a real keyboard instead of tapping on a touch screen.
- At least 4 GB of RAM and a 12” to 13” screen. Real work requires a reasonable amount of screen real estate and enough RAM to support the applications you’ll be using. If you can add more RAM, do so. You won’t regret its performance enhancement.
With the basic standards determined, let’s look at what many technical reviewers consider to be the top hybrid 2-in-1 laptops available today. Any of these six should help your staffing and recruiting team get their job done more efficiently than the old laptop they may be lugging around now. Additionally, Bond does not endorse any specific hardware — giving you the freedom to choose. And don’t forget that pricing may be especially good as we near year-end!
- Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The new Surface Pro 4 offers great improvements over the well-reviewed Surface Pro 3 with a bigger screen, more power, an improved keyboard, enterprise-level support, and more in a light, stylish package. It starts at about $1,000 with the keyboard type cover. DETAILS >
- Microsoft Surface Book. There’s a reason that the new Surface Book has been getting potshots from Apple and others – a bit of jealousy. Reviewers of this new hybrid have high praise for it as a premium product in every respect. It starts at $1,499. DETAILS >
- Lenovo Yoga 900. This 2-in-1 garners admiration for its thoughtful refinement, terrific display, slim design (thinner and lighter than a MacBook Air) and good battery life. It starts at $1,099. DETAILS >
- HP Spectre x360. Reviewers note much to like about the HP Spectre x360 – solid build, excellent performance, flexibility, and long battery life. It doesn’t hurt that it starts at a budget-friendly $899. DETAILS >
- Toshiba Portégé Z20t. Sleek design, great battery life, and a sturdy snap-on/off keyboard give the Portégé an edge for many reviewers, who appreciate its business performance capabilities. It starts at $1,399. DETAILS >
- Dell Latitude 13 7000. Dell has a long history of delivering value, and this PC Magazine Editor’s Choice hybrid 2-in-1 gets it done for business users with strong performance across the board. It starts at $1,199. DETAILS>
While any of the above hybrid 2-in-1 laptop/tablets could be a great fit for you and your business team, you’ll want to spend some time testing before you make a buying decision. For example, you should determine how easy it is to use and type on, what kind of support and warranty is offered, how long the battery life might be under the conditions you’ll be using it, what kind of connectivity it has, and more. There are also sites that offer good, authoritative advice on buying business laptops that you can also check out, like C-Net, Laptop, and even Consumer Reports.
Finally, to find out how that new hybrid 2-in-1 laptop works with some world-class staffing and recruitment software, request an AdaptSuite demo.