Device Specification Considerations for Specific Users

Mobility Considerations

You should think about the versatility needs of the user.


Mobile Employee Device Considerations

The wide accessibility of the internet has seen a rise in employees working away from business premises, working at home or at a client location. Employees working away from business require specific hardware requirements including:

  • Wireless internet capabilities - including WiFi and Mobile Data access

  • Battery life - around 8-10 hours will meet the daily needs of mobile users

  • Weight - light and portable - less than 1kg is ideal

  • Trackpad or Touch inputs - difficult to use external peripherals of keyboard and mouse when not at a desk

Mobile employees can forgo some specifications including:

  • Powerful Processor - mobile employees often perform light work in mobile situations, powerful applications are often used on desktop computers at the business premises. Powerful CPUs will also impact heavily on battery life.

  • A lot of RAM - mobile employees only require a satisfactory amount of RAM (around 4gb) to perform basic multi-tasking functions. A high amount of RAM will reduce battery life

  • Large screen size - a large screen size will reduce portability and usability of a device. Unless folded screens become a reality, large screens can be avoided for mobile users. 


Examples of Ideal Devices include:

  • Microsoft Surface Pro

  • Apple Macbook Air

  • Apple iPad Pro

Design/Gamer Device Considerations

Gamers and high performance designers, require computers with high processing power but little mobility in their devices.

Hardware requirements would include:

  • Powerful multi-core processors - Intel Xeon processors can have between 6-8 core processors to adequately meet user performance needs 

  • Lots of RAM - around 10Gb or more RAM - the more the merrier but try to be realistic

  • High performance networking - Gigabit ethernet ports, Wireless 802.11 AC and thunderbolt capabilities should be standard for high performance users

  • Large screen size - External high quality monitors of around 27 inch should give users enough screen real estate to display their needs

  • High performance graphic cards - Around 2gb in VRAM, AMD Fire Pros are a great graphics card as they offer 2GB in VRAM and dual GPUs - also offers multiple video outputs of HDMI

Designers/gamers can forgo some features including:

  • Battery life - the device will be stationary in one location for the majority of its use

  • Weight - the device will be stationary in one location and won't be moved a lot. 

Examples of ideal devices include:

  • Apple Mac Pro

  • Dell Alienware AURORA Gaming Desktop

Client Desktop Business User

Client business users would have desktops connected to a main high performance server. As most of the information is processed by the server, the client desktops would not require a high level of performance.

Hardware requirements would include:

  • High performance networking - Gigabit ethernet or 802.11 AC wireless

  • Adequate screen size - as it is a desktop, a small laptop display would be inadequate, around 18-20 inches would be an appropriate sized monitor

  • Affordable - not really a hardware feature as such, but be mind large businesses would be purchasing a large set of these devices, from 10 to 100 units. 

Client business users can forgo some features including:

  • Mobility - the device would be stationary for a majority of its use

  • Fast processor - only requires an adequate processing speed to process transmissions from the client server to the desktop

  • Weight - ideally it should be small as possible - but weight isn't an issue

Examples of ideal devices include:

  • Apple Mac Mini

  • Dell Inspiron Mini