Consumer Laptops versus Business Laptops: Why the Price Difference?

We get a lot of questions from clients about why business class systems are more expensive than your average consumer laptop. If you can just walk into a big box store and grab a laptop off the shelf for $500, why would you bother spending more on a heavy-duty business laptop? Of course, when that consumer laptop’s battery dies during an important meeting or a program freezes up when inputting vital data, the value of investing in a business class laptops becomes readily apparent.

Business laptops stand apart from consumer laptops in five key dimensions: performance, durability, connectivity, security, and battery life.


Understandably, the most important consideration for a business laptop is performance. You need reliable performance during sales calls, meetings, business trips, and regular days at the office. Business laptops are equipped with Intel® Core™ processors and free of junkware like demos and free trials that are known to clog up space on consumer laptops. Grade A can also help connect you with the laptop that is most appropriate for your needs. For example, a graphic designer would be most suited to a laptop with a large, crisp display, while a sales rep would place an emphasis on a light-weight device with extended battery life.


Simply put, consumer laptops are not built to stand up to the rigours of daily use. Business laptops are built with more durable materials. Business class laptops are engineered for durability, with a shock-absorbent case and spill-resistant keyboard. Consumer laptops are mass-produced with an emphasis on cost-effectiveness, and they would never undergo HALT (highly accelerated life testing) to ensure the device exceeds expectations for durability, as with business laptops.


Consumer laptops, especially those on the lower end of the price scale, might come with an HDMI port and a couple USB ports. This simply is not sufficient when you need to connect multiple peripherals like an external microphone and video camera, or connect to an office projector. Wireless connectivity is also a must-have for business users, and therefore the built-in wireless capabilities are far superior on a business laptop compared with your average consumer laptop.


Nothing is more important than the security of your private business data, customer data, and intellectual property. Business laptops have superior security measures like biometric hardware and better encryption and storage abilities. Then there is also the security of the device itself – business laptops usually come with much better and more comprehensive warranties than their consumer counterparts.

Battery Life

Finally, it is always important to consider battery life for a portable device like a laptop. An extended battery life ensures you can work hard on-the-go. When a power source is unavailable, you can keep working at full tempo.

To learn more about whether a business class laptop or consumer laptop is most appropriate for the needs of your business, contact Grade A. We’d be happy to walk you through your options and help you find the right fit.

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