Your current computer is no longer a viable option and out of date for your business. With the low cost of computers out today, it is hard not justify bringing your processing speeds on par with the real world. As you step out into the online universe or your local store to purchase your new computer, you need to think about what exactly your needs are in a new computer.
Give some thought about the computer operating system you want and need before you make your choice. Two of the popular choices are Microsoft’s Windows 7 or 8 OS and Apple’s OSX. Depending on your business you may already know which one you need. For example, if you are in the entertainment, graphics, or design field, OSX provides for high performance editing of photos and videos with its graphic performance.
Small businesses that require just basic record management or word processing are driven more by the need to save costs. Computers installed with Microsoft Windows are at a lower cost versus systems built with Apple’s OSX.
When buying a computer knowing if you need portability for your business or if you need more accessories. For example, if your business is graphic design, editing, or medical imagining, you might need additional processing power, faster graphics, and larger monitors. Desktops allow for easier future upgrades or expansions at lower costs over the higher costs to expand or upgrade portable computers. Portability is an important factor if you will be doing work out of the office. Portability offers the ability to promote products to new and potential clients. For example, you can demonstrate prerecorded product videos or software programs that a client could use or need. It allows you to record and document site visits or keep track of inventory if you have multiple locations. Portability can allow for ordering products or services on the spot if you need them sooner rather than later. Portability, however, can cost more than desktops. If your company needs mobile processing, flexibility of working outside the office and away from your desk, and there is not a need for larger screens, laptop computers are a good choice. If your business needs more processing power, ability to edit, or faster graphic processing, desktops are a good choice.
If you have narrowed down your choice to portability, WI-FI capability, security, processing power, weight and storage are important factors to pay attention to when selecting your new laptop. Some portable systems have 3G and 4G chips built into them that allow for constant connections through cell phone towers. This connection offers your business access to online resources just about anywhere and anytime. Newer processing chips provide increase ability to stream wireless content to other devices. Keeping your WI-FI system and system drives password protected with encryption functions add layers of security for your portable computer. If you have chosen that your business needs a desktop, there are a few technical functions you need to be aware of to meet your business needs. Processing power abilities and additional accessories of a desktop are important abilities to pay attention for your business. In addition, the right video card offers multiple display setup.
Once you are ready to make your purchase, you have decided which operating system you need, whether or not you need portability or better expansion capabilities you will need to buy it. Many companies today offer many ways to purchase your new computer. Some companies allow for you to build your computer to the specification you want. They offer expansion options on top of their base prices for both laptops and desktops. Additionally, in some cases they allow you to choose the OS version you want or need. There is flexibility when building a system to your specification, for example, upgrading to faster processors, more RAM memory, hard drive space, faster graphic cards, or even adding accessories to your new system. Once your system is built, some companies offer flexibility in having the system sent to you or available to pick up in local stores.