Laptop computers have, since at least the early 1990s, had a presence in the workplace as well as civilian sectors. These portable computers do not always have all the features or processing power of a desktop PC, but they trade off those features for the convenience of portability. Some models of laptops today are thin and lightweight, and others may be tough and durable for work. Where might durable laptops be needed? Some jobs are more physically demanding or even risky than others, and a laptop that can easily handle drops and spills is to be desired in some industries. A fully rugged notebook or laptop can do a lot of good for a construction worker or an Army soldier, for example, or a park ranger out on the job. Police officers may also take an interest in a thin and lightweight laptop model for their work if so desired. A semi-rugged laptop or other thin and lightweight model may be the key.
Laptops At Work
Laptops are often associated with people who visit coffee shops to work on a blog or other project, and that is all fine and good. But laptops have the potential for more. Professional workers, from office workers to Army soldiers to police officers and factory workers may need laptops too. Even loggers or other outdoor workers may want laptops for their job, such as data entry while working out in the field, such as a forest. Laptops, thanks to their thin and lightweight design and processing power, have deeply entrenched themselves in many professional industries as well as the civilian sector. As of now, some 1.43 billion tablet users may be found around the world, and not all of them are idly browsing the Internet or playing games. Some of these thin and lightweight computers are hard at work.
Sometimes, for example, store associates will carry tablets with them, often thin and lightweight models that are encased in tough, rubbery shells in case they are dropped. These cases keep the screen clear so that the user can touch the screen freely, and this can be a real asset. Store associates often use these thin and lightweight tablets to browse the retailer’s online catalog or to perform on-demand Internet research for a customer. This also allows a store associate to show images or videos of a product to a customer, and what is more, tablets can have card readers attached to them. That is, a small device can be plugged into a laptop, and credit and debit cards can be swiped and read. This may be especially convenient for a temporary store or fundraiser location that does not have the infrastructure to set up a cash register.
Many employees at offices and other companies are working remotely, such as while they are riding a private jet to a meeting elsewhere. These workers are not sitting idly in those charter jets; rather, they can use laptop computers to get some work done. In fact, many office workers report being 20% more productive on board a plane like this, possibly due to the absence of office distractions.
In other scenarios, a tablet or laptop must be a rugged and tough model that can stand up to the rigors of the workplace. A factory worker or supervisor, for example, can use such a model. Army soldiers or police may also make use of them, as can forest rangers or loggers. In lines of work such as these, a person may often accidentally drop a laptop or tablet, or have it knocked out of his or her hands. Or, the computer may be set down somewhere, then have something fall on it or spill liquid onto it. Thus, such computers must have construction and/or cases that absorb impacts and shock, and protect the delicate machinery inside. No one would want their work laptop or tablet knocked out of commission too easily, and statistics show that a busted laptop or tablet is costly. The expenses come from not only repairing or replacing the computer, but also the time spent retrieving its data and other work. And of course, workers should make sure that their laptops or tablets are not simply lost or stolen.