Posted on: 30 July 2020Share
Do you need a new laptop? If you're ready to start accounting school, take a look at the questions you should ask before investing in a new computer.
Is the Laptop Comfortable?
Now that you're ready to start a new career, you'll spend plenty of time on your computer. Between classwork, answering emails, creating spreadsheets, and everything you'll need to do online, a comfortable computer is crucial to your school success.
Even though a laptop is a convenient way to keep all your school work in one easy to transport place, the compact design may result in eye strain, neck pain, or an achy back. To reduce the risks of these issue, look for a laptop that allows you to straighten your hands completely and won't require you to constantly look down.
Does the Laptop Have Enough Storage?
As a student you need a laptop with plenty of storage space. Between assignments, exams, and everything else accounting school requires, you may have more to store on your laptop than someone who uses the device for leisure activities. If you want to save money while you're in school, use cloud-based storage. This option may allow you to choose a less expensive laptop.
Do You Want a 2-in-1?
A 2-in-1 gives you options. You can use the device as a traditional laptop or position it like a tablet. If you plan to take notes on your device during your accounting classes, a 2-in-1 is an easy, light, and portable alternative to seriously explore. This type of device is also ideal for students who have a long commute to school. A 2-in-1 can fit easily into your bag for a bus or car ride.
What Does the Keyboard Look Like?
As an accounting student, you'll need to enter numbers into spreadsheets and other industry-related software. If your laptop doesn't have a separate numerical keypad, accounting tasks could pose a problem. Smaller laptops and tablets may not have this option. While you can save money on these devices, the need for easily accessible number keys outweighs the lower price.
What Type of Screen Does the Laptop Have?
Smaller laptops don't only pose issues for students who need a dedicated numerical keypad. The overall smaller size limits the screen space — and your ability to see complex spreadsheets or long rows of numbers. Along with size, choose a laptop with high resolution. The higher the resolution, the better view you'll have. This is essential for accountants who need to distinguish numbers from one another.