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How a coworking space made me rethink my computing needs

Ryan Faas | Oct. 23, 2014
As our workplaces become more flexible and more customizable to our needs, we need to ensure that we choose the right desktop, notebook, and mobile computing options to be successful in those variable workspaces.

The challenge, of course, is that I never intended for this to be my primary computing device. When I bought it, I didn't expect I'd eventually be working in a flexible work environment where I would need a laptop. I simply saw it as a supplement to my desktop. In a coworking space, or any flexible workspace, there are rarely assigned desks where one can install a desktop.

This led me to the realization that if flexible workspaces are going to become the norm (and I suspect that they will in many organizations), then the choice of computing tools needs to reflect the realities of those spaces. Devices need to be capable of serving both mobile and desktop needs. For me, that means a bigger screen (and maybe a bit more power). For some, more power might be the greater need. For others, maybe a docking station is the solution.

Much like the choice that flexible workspaces and coworking environments offer in terms of finding the ideal work environment for an individual, task, or project, our model of computing in these environments needs to be considered by our needs and preferences as individuals, the tasks we expect to accomplish, and the projects on which we work. With a growing diversity of options - full size notebooks, minimal laptops focused on portability, tablets, hybrid devices, phablets and larger smartphones, and even wearables - it becomes important to understand needs, environments, and to make smart decisions to truly take advantage of the shifting realities of work in the 21st century.

 

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