Before buying a computer for work, it’s important to determine that the model will suit your specific business needs.
You’ve probably seen business computers with the same brand name that you have at home, but that’s where the similarities end. Investing in the right system now will pay off in the long term, saving you time, money and a lot of frustration. Here’s what you need to know to make the best choice for your business and budget.
When you invest in a computer, you want certain inclusions built-in and ready to go. For a business, those include features that will make your network more secure and staff more productive. For example, fingerprint readers, remote desktop software and data encryption tools. The operating system that comes pre-installed on a business-class computer will also have features the consumer options don’t, including the ability to join corporate networks. Computers designed for home use come with Windows Home or Starter editions, which may require hours of expert assistance to link into a secure business network.
Work out how often you’ll be using the computer for business. If the computer is mostly for home use and only occasionally for work, then a consumer PC with the appropriate work software and settings may be fine. On the other hand, a computer that is primarily for business use, should be a business-class computer; not just from a security standpoint, but also for build quality reasons. Another important facet to be aware of: business-class computers will not come loaded with “bloatware” - essentially resource-hogging third party utilities and mini games which may compromise the efficiency and security of the operating system.
Durability and Reliability
It’s probably no surprise that consumer PCs don’t have the same build quality as business ones. In fact, consumer models only have an expected lifespan of around two years. They just aren’t built to last. Business-class computers are built to last several years, with higher quality components and rigorous testing at every level. Most, if not all, parts are name-brand with an emphasis on reliability and long term durability.
Warranty and Service
Unfortunately, when a consumer PC fails, the burden is on the owner to send it away for repairs. The terms of the warranty will usually state that any other attempt to repair it will void the warranty. Repairs can then take weeks and often involve a frustrating process of paperwork and following up. In contrast, when a business computer needs service, the technicians come to you and fix it on the spot, often within hours. Business users enjoy a professional experience with priority status and a dedicated support line, all designed to reduce downtime and get you operational faster.
Call us at 250-412-3785 to discuss selecting the right computers for your business needs.