So you’re looking to start working at home…
Perhaps you’re trying to become a freelance translator, which might be why you’re on this site 😉
But your computer might not be the best for such a task. Maybe it’s too old, or maybe it’s not the best computer you bought.
Well today, I’m going to cover some of the best (in my humble opinion) business desktops and laptops of 2019 for people who are looking to start working from home.
A few things to understand, however before we dive right in:
1. Unless you’re trying to become a day trader or Twitch streamer, understand that you won’t have to completely splurge on a new computer for a work-at-home gig.
2. These recommendations come from my personal experiences with different computers from different companies and are simply my opinions.
3. Keep in mind that in my recommendations, I will have affiliate links up, which means that if you choose to purchase a computer using those links, I will get a commission. However, please be assured that this will not mean I will lie to you about what the best computers are. My goal here is to offer you some options. It is ultimately your choice whether to buy them or not.
Without further ado, let’s get right into it!
1. MacBook Pro
I’ve been a Mac user for several years now. I bought my first MacBook in 2016 and it has worked wonders for me. I recently decided to purchase a new one while giving a family member my old MacBook as I needed something with more processing power (for other projects), but that old MacBook has been with me through thick and thin.
I’ve found Macs to be a very good brand of computers. I’ve used my MacBooks for a wide variety of purposes, from working-at-home as a freelance translator to editing video and audio. MacBooks are powerful and can get so many things done. I’ve never had a serious problem with them. Currently I am using the 2018 version of the MacBook Pro and so far, it’s been very good.
My only real issue with MacBooks is that they can be INCREDIBLY expensive, as Apple products normally are. The newest 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at about $1,300 and that doesn’t factor in other things like increased storage space, warranty/AppleCare, etc.
Another great thing about MacBooks is that they last for a while. I’ve known people who have purchased MacBooks over five to ten years ago and they are still using them to this day. They might not work as well as they did when brand new, but they will still get the job done.
Finally, another thing I love about the MacBook is that it’s extremely portable. You might ask, “Isn’t that the point of a laptop?”
Sure, but some laptops are a lot bulkier than others (look at some of the Asus gaming laptops for example!). There are lighter laptops out there but oftentimes this comes at the cost of performance/computing power. MacBooks have both the portability and performance, which makes it the perfect computer to use on-the-go.
MacBooks can be a great investment, but keep in mind that they are quite expensive. If you’re just starting off and don’t have too much money, I’d recommend something cheaper. I also wish there was more storage space on the MacBooks. Oftentimes I’ve found that I would need to buy a separate hard drive to contain a lot of the files I have.
However, if you do have the money and plan on working-from-home for a significant portion of your time, then I would definitely recommend MacBooks.
If you’re interested in purchasing a MacBook Pro, click on the image below! It will take you to the Amazon page where you can purchase your very own MacBook Pro 🙂
2. Dell Inspiron Laptops
Before switching to Mac, I was a pretty committed Dell user. Not that I had any brand loyalty or anything… It was just the computer brand I was most familiar with.
Inspiron laptops are a lot cheaper than MacBooks, but how does it compare on other aspects?
For one, I thought that Inspiron laptops were decent when it came to performance. They can get quite slow with use over time though, which is something that wasn’t as bad with MacBooks. However, they do have some features that I found lacking with MacBooks.
For one, their hard drives store way more memory than MacBooks do. The newest Inspiron laptops on Amazon that I found have 1 TERABYTE of space!!! It kinda puts the MacBook Pro’s 128 GB to shame.
Another thing I found useful is that each comes with a DVD drive. It might not be relevant if you’re working a job that doesn’t require handling DVD’s or CD’s, but it might be worth noting. Nowadays, however, everything can just be streamed online so maybe Apple was onto something when they took their DVD drives out (though you can buy a separate optical drive from Apple).
Overall, I’ve also found Inspiron laptops to be quite useful, especially for their prices. If you’re looking for an affordable laptop that can do all the basic work-at-home things you need to get done, this is definitely worth considering.
In the image below is a link to one of their newer Inspiron laptops. The pricing’s not bad! Click to buy!
3. Microtella Lenovo ThinkCentre M625Q
We’ve covered laptops mainly so far, so here is a desktop that I would recommend for those trying to set up a home office to work from.
I’ve always liked Lenovo computers (maybe because I get a rush of nostalgia when I use one of their ThinkPads). So when I saw the ThinkCentre M625Q, I really wanted to give this one a go.
This computer is not only compact (perfect for small home office spaces) but also runs really well. Setup was pretty easy and once I got that out of the way, it worked perfectly. For a small computer, it sure is fast! It’s also pretty durable, as I’ve accidentally knocked it over a few times and it still works perfectly fine. It can also support multiple displays, which is perfect if you’re like me and have a thousand different windows open at once.
Another thing I really liked about this computer is that it didn’t consume too much electricity either. I highly recommend this computer if you’re trying to start working from home and need an affordable, powerful and small computer to use. It’s also highly affordable, starting at $360 for a 500 GB hard drive and 4 GB of RAM.
If you want to pick one up, click on the image below!
4. Dell Inspiron 22-3277 All-in-One PC
I’ve covered Dell Inspiron laptops, but what about the Dell Inspiron desktops?
This computer is another desktop that I would highly recommend for those trying to work at home. For a rather low price (not as cheap as the Lenovo computer though!), the Dell Inspiron 22-3277 All-in-One is a powerful workhorse that I’d argue should be a staple for any business (whether home-based or not).
This computer not only performed really well, but it also came with a wide variety of features from a large 21-inch touchscreen to drives for multiple kinds of memory cards. Not to mention, it also takes up little space, considering that everything is inside the monitor itself.
Starting at $650 for 1 TB hard drive space and 4 GB RAM, this is one of the best business computers I have worked with. It’s powerful, fairly compact, affordable and also features a touchscreen monitor with beautiful visuals.
Click below if you’re interested in purchasing one of these powerful bois.
While this doesn’t nearly scratch the tip of the iceberg of 2019’s highest performing business/work at home computers that I would recommend, I can guarantee that these computers are just the kind you need to start successfully working from home.
If you have any insights, please leave comments and feedback below!