Great devices to run Commusoft on 2017

Lauren Burgess

One of the most common questions we get from clients is, “What kind of computers and mobile devices do I need to run Commusoft?” Whilst we can certainly provide our minimum tech specs as a guideline, many people are really looking for specific recommendations. The type of equipment you purchase will of course depend on several factors — What devices are your engineers used to working with? How many devices will you need? How much do you want to spend? etc. Because of this, it can be tough for us to provide a definitive answer.

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Having said that, we’ve decided to scour the web, gather some opinions and bring you a simple guide to some options that could work well for your business. To cover as many bases as possible, we’ll be providing a value option and a high-end option in each category. The value options we’ve picked are still packed with great features and come with very reliable specs. In our opinion, the cheapest option is very rarely the best for daily usage, so we’ve kept our value selections at mid-range.

It goes without saying that you should always do your own research, and we’re certainly not saying that these are your only options! You should also take note of the fact that technology moves fast, so while our high-end options may be top of the line right now, there's a good chance there will be something bigger and better on the market in six months. Similarly, value options can move out of production and become difficult to source.

PCs

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Value: DELL Inspiron 5000 15.6” Laptop

Price: From £599

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Specs:

  • CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-5500U (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 3GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 M265
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Screen: 15.6-inches, 1,366 x 768, non-touch
  • Storage: 1TB HDD 5,400RPM
  • Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, Combo audio jack, HDMI, SD card reader
  • Connectivity: Intel Dual-Band Wireless – AC 7260, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Camera: 720p Webcam
  • Weight: 4.4 pounds (2kg)
  • Size: 0.9 x 13.6 x 9.6-inches (H x W x D)

High-end: Microsoft Surface Book 128GB/Intel Core i5

Price: From £999

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Specs:

  • CPU: 6th Gen Intel Core i5, 128GB SSD, 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: i5: Intel HD graphics
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Screen:  13.5-inch PixelSense Display touchscreen
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Ports: Two full-size USB 3.0, Full-size SD card reader, Surface Connect, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE, 802.11a/b/g/n compatible, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • Camera: 5.0 megapixel front-facing camera, 8.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus
  • Weight: i5 GPU: 3.34lbs (1516g)
  • Size: Length: 9.14 in (232.1 mm), Width: 12.30 in (312.3 mm), Height: 0.51 - 0.90 in (13.0 - 22.8 mm)

 

Macs

Value: Macbook Air 13 inch

Price: £949

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Specs:

  • CPU: 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz, with 3MB shared L3 cache
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Screen: 13.3‑inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colours
  • Storage: 128GB PCIe-based SSD
  • Ports: Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps), Thunderbolt 2 port (up to 20 Gbps), MagSafe 2 power port, SDXC card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • Camera: 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • Weight: 1.35 kg (2.96 pounds)
  • Size: Height: 0.3–1.7 cm (0.11–0.68 inches), Width: 32.5 cm (12.8 inches), Depth: 22.7 cm (8.94 inches)

 

High-end: Macbook Pro 15 inch 256GB

Price: £2349

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Specs:

  • CPU: 2.8GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • Graphics: Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB memory
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Screen: 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880x1800 native resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colours
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Ports: Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB‑C) ports and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible, Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
  • Camera: 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • Weight: 1.83 kg (4.02 pounds)
  • Size: Height: 1.55 cm (0.61 inches), Width: 34.93 cm (13.75 inches), Depth: 24.07 cm (9.48 inches)

 

Android Mobiles

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Value: Moto E4 Plus

Price: From £130

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Specs:

  • CPU: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Storage: 16GB
  • RAM: 3GB
  • OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery
  • Screen: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 5.5 inches
  • Ports: microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • Camera: 13 MP, f/2.0, autofocus, LED flash. Front-facing camera: 5 MP, f/2.2, 1.4 µm pixel size, LED flash
  • Weight: 198 g (6.98 oz)
  • Size: 155 x 77.5 x 9.6 mm (6.10 x 3.05 x 0.38 in)

High-end: HTC U11 (or even hold out for Google’s Pixel 2 which hits shelves later this month)

Price: From £500 (£629)

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Specs:

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Storage: 64GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • OS: Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Screen: Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 5.5 inches
  • Ports: USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
  • Camera: 12 MP, f/1.7, phase detection autofocus, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash. Front-facing camera: 16 MP, f/2.0, 1080p
  • Weight: 169g
  • Size: 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm

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iPhones

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Value: iPhone 6s

Price: From £449

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Specs:

  • CPU: Apple A9 Processor
  • Storage: 32GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • OS: iOS 11
  • Battery: Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Screen: Retina HD display with 3D Touch, 4.7-inch
  • Ports: Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology, NFC
  • Camera: 12-megapixel camera, Autofocus, True Tone flash. Front-facing camera: FaceTime HD, 5-megapixel, Retina flash
  • Weight: 143 grams
  • Size: 138mm x 67.1mm x 7.1mm

 

High-end: Wait for the iPhone X (or just grab an 8 Plus)

Price: From £999, (£799)

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iPhone X specs:

  • CPU: A11 Bionic
  • Storage: 64GB
  • RAM: 3GB
  • OS: iOS 11
  • Screen: Super Retina HD display, 5.8 inch
  • Ports: Lightning connector
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
  • Camera: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras with Quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync. Front-facing camera: 7MP with Retina Flash
  • Weight: 174g
  • Size: 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm

 

Android Tablets

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Value: Asus ZenPad 3S 10

Price: From £249

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Specs:

  • CPU: Hexa-core (2x2.1 GHz & 4x1.7 GHz)
  • Storage: 32GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • OS: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Screen: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 9.7 inches
  • Ports: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Camera: 8MP. Front-facing camera: 5MP
  • Weight: 430g
  • Size: 240.5mm x 163.7mm x 7.2mm

 

High-end: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Price: From £570

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Specs:

  • CPU: Quad Core (2.15 GHz + 1.6 GHz Quad), Qualcomm
  • Storage: 32GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • OS: Android 7.0
  • Screen: Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 9.7 inches
  • Ports: USB Type-C (3.1), 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Camera: 13 MP AF with Flash. Front-facing: 5 MP FF
  • Weight: 429g
  • Size: 237.2mm × 168.9mm × 6.1 mm

 

iPads

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Value: iPad Mini 4

Price: From £419

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Specs:

  • CPU: Apple A8 processor, M8 motion coprocessor
  • Storage: 16GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • OS: iOS 9
  • Screen: LED-backlit IPS LCD, Capacitive touch screen, 7.9 inches
  • Ports: Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Camera: 8MP. Front-facing: 1.2MP
  • Weight: 299g
  • Size: 203.2mm x 134.8mm x 6.1mm

 

High-end: 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Price: From £749

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Specs:

  • CPU: A10X Fusion chip and M10 coprocessor
  • Storage: 64GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • OS: iOS10
  • Screen: 12.9-inch Retina LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with ProMotion technology
  • Ports: Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Camera: 12MP. Front-facing: 7MP
  • Weight: 677g
  • Size: 305.7 mm x 220.6 x 6.9mm

We hope you've found this blog helpful and, if you were in the market for new devices, have some ideas for what you might end up purchasing. If you do end up buying one of the devices mentioned above, why not let us know by dropping us a tweet or Facebook comment? We love hearing from you!

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