Due to the amount of option available on the market, selecting the equipment that will best suit your business can be a daunting task. There are many factors that will play a role in determining the type of computer you should purchase, to begin with. For example, what kind of business you are running, how much time will be spent on the computer and how portable it needs to be.
What Are the Basic Requirements
Regardless of whether the computer you are purchasing will be for your use or that of an employee, it more likely than not will be utilised for at least eight hours a day, this is why it is important that you purchase a strong computer able to handle that kind of workload.
Laptop or Desktop?
If you are considering buying a laptop, investing in a separate monitor and keyboard for office use will not only mean that the laptop is not overworked, it will also help improve the posture.
One of the most important decisions you will have to make on the subject is whether you should purchase a desktop or a laptop. Although a laptop does offer a higher degree of flexibility, a desktop has a higher capacity and is a lot sturdier; this means it will probably last longer than a laptop.
If you or an employee has to work on the move quite often or if there are many client presentations required, a laptop may be a better choice. If however work is office based then the better option will be to go with a desktop that will remain stationary in your office.
When buying computers and another important factor to bear in mind is display size. A screen is measured diagonally; this means from the right-hand side of the top to the bottom left-hand corner.
A larger screen will give you a better all-round experience; you will be able to work more comfortably and efficiently, and it will also be better for your posture and eyesight.
Health is an important consideration in the workplace nowadays. You want to avoid your staff complaining of health issues due to their work environment at all costs.
Memory and Storage
Another important factor would be the memory which is also known as the random access memory (RAM), this affects the speed in which your computer goes from one program to the next. Your computer will be fast if the Ram is high unless you are a big time gamer, 2 GB (gigabytes) should be more than enough.
You want to make sure that your computer is over two GHz (gigahertz) which is the way the speed is measured. This speed is determined by the computer’s processor. If your work is in the film, music, graphics or gaming industry, you may need something more advanced.
MAC or PC
A debate which has been kept alive for decades now is the Mac vs. PC debate. There are several differences, for example, usability will differ and will take a little time to get used to the different operation system of a MAC if you have not used one before.
Another big difference is the price as MAC are often twice as expensive as the PC alternative. However, this price difference indeed comes with a considerable amount of benefits. For example, the average PC is said to start slowing down after about six months of average use. However, the MAC should not start to slow down for around four or five years. The average life expectancy of a PC can be three to five years, whereas a MAC’s life expectancy is around eight years.
MAC’s are also said to be faster, more secure and therefore safer from various internet vulnerabilities such as viruses.
If you are in the business of manipulating film, images, games or music then a MAC may be the best choice, however, if you require a computer for spreadsheets, word processing, etc. than a PC will work just fine.
For more details on the differences between a MAC and a PC for your business use, please watch the informative video below or pop into your local PC World to discuss options with their in-house experts.