Best Project Management Consulting Laptop Ever!

Disclaimer: this is an honest summary of my opinion of a product I bought myself. It is not sponsored content, I don’t get any compensation from anyone, and when I just looked for this again on Amazon to link to it, I see that it’s no longer available. But that’s OK, there are similar machines out there.

You should definitely consider a gaming laptop for your next working machine.

I recently retired the Dell Lattitude E6500 laptop I’ve been carrying for the last three years in favor of a new HP Pavilion 15 gaming laptop. No, I’m not following Peter Saddington into video gaming as a profession – this is the computer I’m using for my project management consulting work and writing. Note that I’ve been carrying laptops since 1987: GRiD, HP, Compaq, Toshiba, Dell, IBM, Apple, Lenovo, even ASUS. After seven weeks behind the wheel, I can truly say that this is the hands-down best I’ve ever had. 

It has an Intel quad core i7-6700HQ processor, 32GB of RAM, and two drives: a 512 GB solid-state drive for software and a 2 TB drive for my files. But the reason I went for a gaming laptop is the 15.6″ UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS anti-glare WLED touchscreen display.

I spend my whole working day with spreadsheets, MS Project, and other forms of tabular and graphical data. I routinely have two documents open side by side, updating one from content in the other. At my standing desk, I have two 1920 by 1200 monitors, but when I’m away, this laptop has all the space I need. Sure, I appreciate the fast booting experience from an SSD drive and a rocket-to-Mars processor, but that 3840 by 2160 display is like Elvis as the fifth Beatle. The widely variable display brightness and backlit keyboard just make it that much better for use in dodgy workspaces like aircraft and dingy offices.

As a product category: highly recommended.

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Best Project Management Consulting Laptop Ever!
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Best Project Management Consulting Laptop Ever!
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You should definitely consider a gaming laptop for your next working machine.
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The Practicing IT Project Manager LLC
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About Dave Gordon

Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. He also holds the project management professional (PMP) designation, as well as professional designations in human resources (GPHR and SPHR) and in benefits administration (CEBS). In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.