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Laptops and business laptops are so important, in your life. I know we like to pretend that we don’t rely so heavily on tech, but we do.  Laptops are so important for your personal use but if you’re a side hustler you’re likely using them as a business tool as well! My laptop screen is faulty so I have found myself looking into the best laptop’s out there. As a side hustler, you will want a strong performing laptop but also one that is portable and not going to cut into your pocket too much. You will want to spend a fair amount, as this could mean the tool for your source of income (teaching online). However,  at the same time if you’re running a business on the side you will have other costs you need to consider.  So hear our top picks of business laptops for the side hustler for under £1000.

 

1.Microsoft Surface Laptop available from Very (£799)

Covered in: Telegraph

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I am sure you have heard of this one, it’s had a large marketing spend behind it, so I’d be surprised if you missed it. If you did, well here it is. A top contender for business laptops. This laptop has a slim design and is ultra lightweight at only 1.25KG. This certainly won’t break your back carrying it to and from work or when you’re out and about.  It boasts a long battery life and a lovely touch to its keyboard. The screen is touch – giving you the feeling of the tablet. The downside is that it only has 4GB of RAM for the price point it’s positioning itself at. What this means is that the computer has to work longer/harder to transfer data. Most modern laptops now have 8GB of RAM. This computer will be fast enough for most functions but if you want a high performing laptop that operates quickly then I would choose a laptop with higher RAM.

 

2. Lenovo IdeaPad 720s available from John Lewis (£829.95)

Covered in: Telegraph

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This laptop is very aesthetically pleasing. It offers twice the RAM as the Microsoft Surface Pro only weighing a little more at 1.6KG. It is not touchscreen, which is not necessarily a bad thing at all.  The screen rotates 180 degrees, if you ever find that useful. It has a long battery life of 14 hours which is great if you left your charger at the office or at home and find yourself working somewhere else.  The webcam that is included in the laptop is 720p at 30fps which is all you need unless you are streaming yourself on your laptop while skiing downhill. Which would be highly impressed but unlikely to happen. The downside is that it’s only 14 inch which means you don’t get the same large displays of the standard 15.6-inch laptops. Maybe this isn’t important to you as you might prioritize transportability. It’s one the best business laptops and one that should be heavily considered for the side hustler.

3. Lenovo Yoga Book available from Currys (£429.99)

Covered in: Telegraph

Another laptop from Lenovo. This laptop is a bit more affordable than its competitors but I guess it’s more of a tablet than a laptop. So, with that in mind, I would say this is a great laptop for those that want something closer to a tablet. For those that want something much closer to a laptop, this one is not for you. positives – It has a great build quality to it and is only 10.1 inches big so they weren’t kidding when they called it a book. The RealPen which comes with the book acts as a fantastic stylus but alsoooo- wait for it: as a pen. No really, I mean you can add a ballpoint nib onto the head meaning you can write on the flat keyboard as though you were actually writing. Great for the artist and designers out there.  But yes I did say flat keyboard, which is odd and not for me as I quite like to feel the keys go down and hear that click. However, saying that it means it can be more versatile. Great book/laptop but the keyboard might take some getting used too.

4. Acer Swift 3 available from Tesco Direct (£599.00)

Covered in: Techadvisor

If portability isn’t everything, then this has almost everything else and is at a great price.  It has an all metal body which is probably what makes it a bit heavier but it’s different. The screen is full HD and the battery life is 10 hours – not as good as the Lenovo IdeaPad 720s but good enough.  It also boasts 8GB RAM giving it a strong performance.  The touchpad on the keyboard has very high reviews of recommendation on this laptop because of its smooth feel and light but defined click. What is fun about this, is a fingerprint reader which feels more normal now as most phones have that function and entry point. A good midrange option for our business laptops list.

 

5. Asus Chromebook flip C302CA available from John Lewis (£499.95)

Covered in: Laptop Mag 

Another laptop which is kind on the eyes. The screen bends all the way back so it folds back onto the keyboard which is handy if you want to use it as a laptop. This one is great for meetings as you focus on the display and use the touchscreen to change anything rather than use the mouse. Also great if you’re traveling on the train or relaxing at home and want to watch something without the keyboard getting in the way. It weighs less than 1.2KG making it fantastic and portable. The screen size is only 12.5 inches which is one reason it’s so light.  The biggest flaw for me is it has no USB Type A ports which are the usually USB port you would find on a laptop. However, this is a great contender if you are on the move a lot.

 

6. Dell Inspiron 13 7000 available from Currys (£809)

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This entry from Dell is a good quality laptop with a speedy yet powerful performance. On the small side of 13.3-inch screen. However, this one has the needed ports making it functioninal for your personal and work life including an HDMI connection port.  You can also log into this with your face – that’s where we are at these days.  This is a 2 in 1 machine operating as a tablet with a keyboard that folds all the way back. The battery life could be better only running at about 5 and half hours, well below its competitors. The RAM is decent at 8GB.

 

7. HP 250 G5 available from ebuyer (£449.99)

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This is one the most affordable business laptops that you will find. It has an impressive 8GB of RAM considering the price point. This laptop has no DVD drive, however, most people are streaming through Netflix these days then putting on a DVD they got for Christmas.  This is the heaviest option in our list at 2.14 KG but it has a 15.6-inch display, so it’s a given. While it may not suit the side hustler who is often on the move, it will serve as a strong machine to set up your workstation at home or at work with. While this device is not the best, it’s the best for the price range of under £500. We thought we would include a lower cost model as not everyone can fork out the money for a higher performing portable laptop just yet.

 

If you’re starting a business, maybe you’re teaching online and you think your laptop webcam may just not be up to scratch. Or you use a desktop computer which does not have a webcam and microphone and you think it’s time to invest in one. The webcam quality in modern laptops is getting far better but sometimes an external webcam is just a better purchase- giving you more flexibility in the quality you can choose from as well as giving you more freedom in where to position it. We have scanned the shops and internet for the best webcams for under £100. Check out our list below:

 

1.Logitech C922 Pro Stream

£84.99 from Game

 

This is a top of the range webcam designed for gamers which means it has fantastic streaming capabilities.  This one is the highest price point out of the ones we suggest, however, it is worth every penny.In fact, I think it’s probably the best webcam for under £100. This webcam lets you record and stream in HD1080P. It supports 60fps at 720p. This basically means if you are doing any fast action on your webcam such as dancing- it’s going to pick up your moves smoothly without jittering and lagging ( the tech term used for a delay in a video). It has a high functioning mic built into the webcam picking up the sound and transmitting sound from all directions; So if you’re teaching a musical instrument online it’s going to pick up the sound with clarity for you. Bonus feature: Comes with a fully adjustable tabletop tripod.

 

 

2.Logitech HD Webcam C270

£19.99 from Currys PC World

 

Another one from Logitech. This one is very much at the lower price point. It does not offer the same quality features that their more advanced model offer, but still does what most people would consider enough for their needs. This is a good option if you are starting to stream more often as you teach online but are not ready yet to spend nearly £90 on a webcam. It has HD video quality at 720p. It also had a built-in microphone. But don’t take our word for it, check out the average 4.5/5 star review on their Currys website from an incredible 428 people!

 

3. Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 USB Port Webcam

£21.95 from Amazon

 

This lovely camera from Microsoft performs pretty well with a built-in mic that can pick up sound from multiple directions as well noise cancelling the acoustics that you sometimes hear on a video call. So this, in theory, should be pretty good for sound quality. I mean it has an average 4.5/5 star reviews from 904 customers, so people must be pretty happy with it. It records and streams videos at 720p HD at 30fps like most competitors.

 

 

4. Hue HD Pro Webcam

£54.12 from Greens Stationary

 

This is definitely a camera that is flexible (in the literal sense) to your needs. It’s super bendy neck makes it easy to position the camera where you want, so you are getting the best angle for streaming or recording in HD. It features full 360 rotation so you can share all of your surroundings.

 

5. Logitech C170 HD webcam

£16.99 from Currys Pc World 

 

This is a great camera for those with a very tight budget; coming in at the lowest price on best webcam under £100.  It’s the cheapest camera we have found but the best at this budget price. Logitech is the market leaders I believe in webcams. So if you’re going to go budget, then go with them. This webcam has a built-in mic meaning you don’t have splash out more for an external mic. It records in 1024 x 768 resolution. The universal clip also means you can attach it to a shelf or something else as well as your monitor.