Gartner Research

Recommended Configurations for Notebooks and Desktop PCs, 2018

Published: 25 July 2018

ID: G00362618

Analyst(s): Stephen Kleynhans , Federica Troni


Enterprise PC configurations for 2018 are complicated by high prices and a broad set of options. I&O leaders responsible for PC procurement should match hardware choices to their organizations' OS deployment plans and users' work styles to ensure that they are not over- or underbuying.

Table Of Contents


  • Recommended Configurations
    • Notebooks (Including Two-in-One Hybrid Devices)
    • Desktops
  • Processor
  • Additional Considerations
    • Form Factors
    • Memory, Hard Drives and SSDs
    • Camera Options
    • Wireless Power
    • Docking — USB Type-C
    • Displays and Video-Out Port
    • Touchscreens on Nonhybrid Notebooks
    • Configuration Stability

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