I’m going to present a range of laptop and docking station options so you have an idea what the features and the pricing would be depending on which way you’d like to go.
Laptop option 1 – This laptop has a fast CPU that should be able to handle multitasking like doing book keeping while using the internet and other tasks. The 16GB of RAM is double the recommended amount for Quickbooks 2020, so it should keep your programs running smoothly. For storage, the 1TB SSD hard drive will make booting up and running programs much faster. SSD memory is like the storage in a camera card or your smartphone, with no moving parts so it is incredibly fast. Windows 10 Professional pre-installed.
Laptop option 2 – This laptop has a faster CPU than the 1st laptop, and like the laptop above has 16GB of memory but half the storage with a 512GB SSD. Windows 10 Professional pre-installed.
Laptop option 3 – This is a “renewed” laptop, but it’s a bargain at this price. The CPU is middle of the road but meets the quickbook specs, and it has the same 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD hard drive for storage as the two above laptops. It is a bit smaller with only a 14″ screen, which may not matter if you are planning on connecting it to an external monitor anyway. This also has a DVD drive, which is rare in newer laptops.
They no longer make the type of docking station that allows you to snap the laptop in- all the modern ones are basically USB hubs with network and video ports, and some of them also have other added functions (like camera card readers).
Here are some docking station options. They all have multiple USB ports and HDMI and DVI for video but you may prefer one style over another.
All of these monitors will work for your laptop needs, it’s a matter of what size you prefer and if the style or color of the monitor makes a difference.
You could get an adapter like this, which lets you adjust the angle of the keyboard to 3 different heights and angles, and would allow you to use any keyboard you are comfortable with.
These are flat wireless mouse and keyboard combos you could use with the above adapter.
Or you can get one that is designed to be tilted.
Office 2019 comes in two varieties- the standard desktop version that installs on your computers, which is here –
The other options is a subscription to Office 365, which is a web based version of all the office apps and also lets you install the desktop version. The web apps work by logging in online, similar to the way you will be using Quickbooks. All files created by the online office apps are stored in the cloud in Microsoft Onedrive, so they are accessible from anywhere on any computer by logging into your account. You can pay for the entire year in advance if you prefer. the software will always be up to date, so when office 2021 or 2022 comes out, your subscription is automatically updated.
I believe that handles all the hardware and Office, and I will be working on finding a replacement for the Cisco softphone and something to handle the payroll.