We can all agree that it is very essential for everyone to have a computer, whether you are a business owner, student or employee. As a business owner or employee, getting the right computers for your business/ employees is an important part of the business set up and may arguably be said to be the most important part of running your business in this technocentric day and age.
However, buying computers for your business is more complex than just buying the latest design or even buying ‘something basic’ that you can just manage. Are you looking to buy a new computer for your business or yourself? Here are a few tips that you should consider when choosing the best computer for your business needs:
The first rule of shopping is to have a budget in mind. This is very relevant even when buying your computers. One should try not to overspend or underspend to avoid regrets later on down the road. If you’re buying multiple computers, ensure that a fair price is given for your bulk buy. It is also advisable to stick to one or two manufacturers for ease of repair and maintenance. Your ‘Tech Budget’ is also very important. Having a ‘Tech Budget’ simply means that you have an idea of the specifications you want in a computer and the average market price. Don’t be afraid or be too lazy to check out several sellers and compare their prices. A good way to budget is to choose different levels of devices based on user needs. If you are confused about the specifications you might need, keep reading for more points!
Laptop or Desktop:
The choice of picking a laptop or desktop depends on a few things. Desktops are better for people who work at a desk all day and are not necessarily mobile. They also allow for a more ergonomically correct work environment. Desktops these days usually come as All-in-one computers and are usually a bit more expensive than laptops, but they last longer as they are not easily moved around. A laptop is better for an employee who have to move around as part of their job e.g the sales or marketing team.
Choose an Operating System (OS):
The two major operating systems are Windows OS and MAC OS. The Windows OS is more commonly used and is the general standard. Also, most people are likely to have used a Windows computer than an Apple computer so buying a Windows might be easier for your staff to use. Apple users are generally people that do a lot of graphics and animations. Programmers and software developers also use MacBooks. Check to see if your business requires a software that is exclusively available on Apple or on Windows. It might be helpful to speak to an expert on this.
Central Processing Unit (CPU):
The CPU is the brain of your computer and care must be taken to choose the right brain to work with to avoid unproductivity and frustration later on down the line, besides, it is a part of the computer that cannot usually be upgraded when the needs arise on modern computers. It is also very important to make the right choice of CPU because they cannot be upgraded later on. CPUs can be classified into; Low range (Intel Atom, AMD E, Intel Pentium, Intel Celeron). These are good for light work like typing or browsing. Mid-range CPUs ( Intel Core M3, M5 or M7) are also good for basic work tasks. CPUs that are good for the average business (Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5): these are great for multitasking like running the Quickbooks software while managing multiple spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel with 15 tabs open in the browser, all at the same time. A Core i5 is most recommended for this. If your tasks include typing documents, streaming media, storing photos and videos and posting to social media, a Core i3 is good enough for this. High range CPUs: The Intel Core i7 is a good high range CPU, excellent for video editing and 3D modelling. A recent addition is the Intel Core i9 which is faster and better than the i7 and is also a great choice for intensive use. Luxury CPUs: The Intel Xeon is used for running hardcore business analysis software, vector-based processing and other intensive data analysis software.
These are just some of the important factors to consider when picking the ideal work computer.
Stay tuned for the next part of this article on the blog! We will be talking about storage and memory and the advantages and disadvantages of HDD and SSD. We will also be discussing the other factors to consider when selecting the perfect computer for you! Kindly drop comments.