Here’s a scenario — you’re a rising business owner/entrepreneur, and it’s finally time to make, quite possibly, the most important decision for your business in its earliest of stages. While setting up a marketing campaign may be a feat of its own, nothing is more important than selecting your business’ first set of personal computers, and especially the right one that fits your business’ needs.
When selecting a machine there are multiple factors to keep in mind:
• Processing and Memory,
While these are not listed in a particular order of importance, each factor is incredibly important when you’re making a decision.
How Does the Portability of a Computer Affect Your Business?
Portability is an important deciding factor when selecting personal computers, and the two most common options are between Desktop PCs and Laptops. Laptops are the pinnacle of portability when it comes to PCs, but with the availability of laptops, it may cause your employees to feel like they must bring work with them everywhere. Desktop PCs are no longer the massive towers that they used to be. Nowadays, some desktops are built to be incredibly light and size-efficient, allowing good portability — which makes it great for relocating office areas. The main difference between the two is one PC can be used on demand, but the other may be better suited for heavier tasks. Let’s talk about the differences of the processing power of these two types of PCs.
What’s Better? Larger Memory and Processing Power or Full-On Portability?
It’s a no-brainer that desktop PCs are built with powerful processing and exorbitant amounts of memory available. While laptops are capable of this, the price for the quality of the hardware will skyrocket. Due to the stronger hardware, this is what separates desktops from laptops. When deciding between a desktop and a laptop, you’re debating on whether you want stability and copious amounts of memory for the long run, or a cheaper, more portable option for work on the go. Speaking of costs, it’s time to elaborate upon cost difference.
The Cost Factor:
Laptops are undoubtedly cheaper than desktops. The cost for the hardware on laptops is less expensive than the possibly more powerful hardware of a desktop system. Laptops are built to be light and incredibly portable, so the hardware going in needs to be just the same, meaning that it’s difficult to maintain that balance should you opt for more powerful hardware. The deciding factor for the cost aspect is whether to spend light to work light, or to invest in a more expensive system.
What Are the Security Differences?
Security is probably the most important factor to consider when purchasing a system, and it is influenced by many things. Desktops are built for maximum security, due to the fact that they are usually stored in a single location and can handle anti-virus systems more efficiently. Laptops can also run anti-virus software, but due to their portable nature, they’re more susceptible to theft and require a more complicated approach to keep them safe, secure and monitored.
How Can the Quality of a Machine Influence the Decision?
The quality of the machine, be it a desktop PC or a laptop, influences nearly all other factors. The higher quality of the build of the personal computer will inevitably raise the cost, but it will also raise the processing power and memory storage. While quality machines look incredibly attractive, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s best to decide upon something that will suit your business accordingly. It’s akin to picking a shirt that fits “just right” rather than something larger or smaller. All in all, deciding on a PC can be a daunting task, but hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll be able to make the best decision for your business!
About the Author
Robert Naragon is the Founder and President of ITQue, Inc. (pronounced “i-teek”), an IT company based in Campbell that provides IT Support in San Jose. They help small and mid-sized Northern California businesses increase productivity and profitability with customized, flexible hybrid cloud and IT solutions. Prior to ITQue, he was the Founder and President of VistanetIT, Inc., also based in Campbell, a Managed IT Service Provider to small and medium-sized businesses in San Jose, Palo Alto, and San Mateo.