10 Consumer Computing Devices Ideal to Bring to the Enterprise
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is arguably one of the most innovative consumer products on the market. In one form, the device can act as a tablet running Windows 8. A quick movement of its display will turn the device into a lightweight notebook. That, coupled with the fact that it comes from Lenovo, means the computer is a solid choice for enterprise users.
Apple's iPad has been gaining significant ground in the enterprise. And why not? The tablet comes with a big, 9.7-inch screen and, although iOS was more consumer-focused from the outset, the mobile operating system has had years to win acceptance in enterprises. Plus, enterprise users can create their own proprietary iOS business applications. The iPad is easily one of the best consumer-focused products for enterprise users.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 doesn't get the kind of attention that the iPad does, but it should. The device has a big, 10.1-inch screen and runs a modified version of Android featuring Samsung's “Premium Suite Upgrade.” Plus, it comes with a stylus, making it easy for employees to take notes.
Apple MacBook Air
The MacBook Air is one of the most portable computers in this roundup. The device is amazingly thin and lightweight, making it easy for a company's mobile employees to get their work done. Since it's running OS X, employees will likely not suffer from many of the security problems that often trouble Windows machines.
Apple MacBook Pro
Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina display is a must-have for any company trying to deliver to employees the finest notebook on the market. The device is high-powered, thanks its Intel processors. And with the Retina display, employees have high powered platform to perform everything from Word processing to sophisticated design work. Plus, Apple has made the device thinner, making it easier to carry.
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook
Dell might be losing its way in the computing market lately, but the company's XPS 13 isn't a bad option for companies that want a small, lightweight computer. The XPS 13 won't necessarily impress the average consumer with its design or features, but its mobility is a key reason to invest in the device.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is an Android-based tablet that will act just as any other slate on the market would. However, the device can be docked into a keyboard, allowing it to double as a quasi-notebook. The Transformer Pad Infinity is ideal for enterprise users that don't like to type on touch-screen keyboards.
HP Envy 23
The HP Envy 23 is a solid choice for desk-bound employees. The device is an all-in-one PC that won't impress many enterprise decision-makers with its power, but might please them with its space-savings. The Envy 23 is HP's best answer yet to the iMac.
Google Nexus 10
Looking for a cheap tablet that won't necessarily stray far from the office? The Google Nexus 10 might just be the best choice. The tablet lacks 4G LTE support, but it comes with a big, 10-inch display that delivers better image quality than the iPad. And at only $399 for the 16GB model, it's an affordable device for enterprise buyers.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is another worthwhile purchase for companies looking to buy a smaller Android slate. The device has a nice design, it connects to the Web over 4G LTE and the fact that it's from Samsung shouldn't be overlooked. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is arguably the best 7-inch tablet on the market.