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Preferred Laptops for CFOs

What is the laptop most used and liked by CFO's?  What are the reliability factors?


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Mark Sphar
Title: Chief Accounting Officer
Company: Veracity Payment Solutions
(Chief Accounting Officer, Veracity Payment Solutions) |

Dell's 24hour on-site support is great. Hardware is stable. Not necessarily sexy, but works fine. Mac's are sexy and stable and in the right industry may be ok. Totally depends on comfort level of the operating system. Good luck.

Kelvin Arcelay
Title: SVP Security and Risk Management
Company: Private Company
(SVP Security and Risk Management, Private Company) |

Whatever you select don't forget to get am end point solution to encrypt the hard drive.

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Brenda Goudey
Title: CFO/VP of Finance
Company: KDR Designer Showrooms
(CFO/VP of Finance, KDR Designer Showrooms) |

I agree with Mark. After trying out several other brands and Dell models, we've settled on using Dell Latitudes. They are reasonably priced and durable enough to survive the travel.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
LinkedIn Profile
(President & CFO, |

Don't forget, depending on your needs, a tablet may just be all you need....

Gerri Lazarre
Title: Owner
Company: TriMerge Consulting Group, PA (dba TriMe..
(Owner, TriMerge Consulting Group, PA (dba TriMergeCPA)) |

We love hte Dell Latitude and Vostro as well, we have used a variety of HP products as well.

(Chief Financial Officer) |

I have an Acer, it has worked well for almost 2 years. A tablet may be a possiblity if you aren't creating content. A tablet would not work for me personally.

(Exec. Asst. to VPFA) |

Thanks! Has anyone tried the Dell XPS or Macbook Air Ultrabooks?

Derek Quackenbush
Title: CFO
Company: Rising Data Solutions
(CFO, Rising Data Solutions) |

I use a Macbook Air 11". I love it. I had an iPad, but it didn't work for me--I needed Excel and Word and the "app" versions were clunky for me. The 11" is roughly the size of an iPad when folded up so still convenient to carry around. Battery life is 4+ hours, which is typically sufficient and a good excuse not to work during an entire 5 hour flight! If you need Windows-only software you can load in VMWare, which works fine. I would probably not recommend the Mac for a hard-core CFO with tons of different applications and data coming from lots of different sources as it might give rise to compatibility problems that will just slow you down and make you the enemy of your IT team (unless you live in Windows via VMWare the entire time, but then why bother spending up to get a Mac?). But for e-mail, Word, Excel and web-based applications it should be fine.

Cindy Kraft
Title: CFO Coach
Company: Executive Essentials
(CFO Coach, Executive Essentials) |

I have a 13" Macbook for travel. LOVE LOVE LOVE my Mac! In fact, going back to my PC is painful each and every time.

John Calfee Jr
Title: Owner
Company: Stop Sisyphus Now
(Owner, Stop Sisyphus Now) |

I have used 4 Dell lap tops for the past 16 years and love their durability. My only recommendation is to get a docking station with the laptop for easy use at home. The only model that I am aware of with Dell that has a docking station is Latitude.

Topic Expert
Barrett Peterson
Title: Senior Manager, Actg Stnds & Analysis
Company: TTX
(Senior Manager, Actg Stnds & Analysis, TTX) |

I have used a number of Dells over the years and very much like them [I avoid Dell's least expensive lines]. Many corporations use Dells or Lenovo [the old IBM]. Looking forward, a machine useable as a laptop and a tablet running Windows 8 may be attractive for corporate users, once the Windows 8 learning curve - fairly steep - is climbed.


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