Before the last lap

Before the last lap

For the ancient Chinese, buying a laptop computer would have been a pretty straightforward task. The only question they would have had to answer was: “How many beads?" Laptops have come a long way since the abacus, and that’s both good and bad. An abacus is just dandy if your computing needs are confined to, say, counting sheep. But modern corporate man (homo directus) expects a lot more from his machine than mere addition and subtraction, thank you very much.

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This is the cranium-collapsing irony of modern technology: Products advertised as life-simplifying, sexy little slices of hi-tech heaven are in reality about as easy to buy as a 2BHK in downtown Mogadishu, Somalia.

So if you’re on the hunt for your ideal business laptop, accept our commiserations. Here is a flow chart that will hopefully make the task a little less Herculean. After all, there’s little point in owning a spanking new piece of high technology if the process of selecting it turns your brain into custard.

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We’ve taken the three most important considerations— price (under Rs50,000 or over Rs50,000), size (under 13 inches or over 13 inches) and processing power (average or fast) to give you eight options. Even if none of these models catch your fancy, you will at least have found your niche, and know what to expect within your budget and requirements.

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