If you’re in the market for one or more computer systems for your business, you must first determine what options are currently on the market and understand the differences of each.
In addition to identifying available options you should also identify what functions you’ll be performing on your computer, as well as those of your employees. Once you’ve identified these needs you can then begin narrowing down the systems that will fulfill these requirements. To help jump-start your research we’ve put together a list of the four main computer categories to consider, as well as, a short description of each. Keep in mind there is no one solution to fit all and you may need more than one type of computer for different employees or business functions.
Laptops:Laptops are compact, lightweight, portable options that many business owners tend to lean to when choosing new computers. Portability allows you to take work with you anywhere you go. Laptops are a great option for staff that does a lot of travel or host meetings and/or presentations such as sales staff or consultants. What’s more, laptops have better security features, like the incorporation of bio-metric authentication or fingerprint scanners. However, if you require more processing, data storage or just don’t have the need for portability, laptops may not be the best solution for you. If you require hardware to accommodate heavy audio and video use, graphic and/or manufacturing design or any large, specialized software, desktops would be the best option to consider for processing, functionality and affordability.
Desktops:A desktop computer is a good option to consider if you’re looking for a system with more speed and storage. With desktops you have the flexibility to purchase larger CPU’s and RAM. This provides you with higher processing speeds and increased memory at a more affordable price. What’s more, desktops are also easier to repair and upgrade compared to most laptops. However, due to its stationary design lack of mobility should be taken into consideration. Therefore, if daily tasks consist of simple word processing, email and basic online purchasing, a laptop could be the better option. If speed and memory are the concern, we recommend you consult with your local computer experts for recommendations on hard drive storage and processor speeds. A common mistake made by many business owners is purchasing equipment with not enough power or purchasing more than is needed.
All-in-One: All-in-one computers are where laptops and desktops meet. All-in-one’s are made to be just that. The CPU, or central processing unit, is built into the monitor case just like laptops. Although not as portable as a laptop, the all-in-one systems are lightweight and are much easier to move compared to desktops. Install is also much simpler, with an easy plug and play set-up. Other benefits to all-in-one systems include space saving and the recent addition of touchscreen capabilities. Although all-in-one computers have risen in popularity, there are some facts to keep in mind when considering purchase. Just like with laptops, when something goes wrong with the unit the entire computer is inoperable, whereas desktops can often continue to function without certain components or until the repair is completed. All-in-one systems also have limited replacement parts and upgrade options, therefore making repairs more difficult. However, these systems popularity is continuing to grow which is causing more and more parts are being made available to modify or upgrade units.
Workstations:If your work involves complex tasks such as graphic and manufacturing design, video and audio editing or large amounts of data analysis then a workstation will likely best fit your needs. Workstations are set-up like desktop computers but are designed to hold additional processing cores, upgraded RAM memory and multiple hard drives. This allows the units to complete complex tasks, such as those mentioned above, at faster speeds. Additionally, many workstations are built to hold up to rugged environments, such as those within a manufacturing plant. Due to the added power and memory upgrades, workstations are set at a higher price point than your regular desktops computers. When looking at workstations for purchase, make sure to consult with a certified computer re-seller. An experienced and reputable re-seller can help answer any questions and recommend the best workstation to fit your processing demands and budget.
In today’s technology driven environment, having the right computer set-up for your small business is one of the many keys to success. And since every business is unique in its set of needs, there is no one sure-fire solution. Make sure to do your research, compare products and pricing and don’t be afraid to ask questions.