Do you use your PC for more than just Facebook and gaming? If you do business on your PC, then your shopping process is going to be different.
Today, we’re looking at the top 5 tips to use when shopping around for business PCs.
5) Do You Really Need a Brand New PC?
The first question you should ask is whether or not you actually need a new PC. Sometimes, your business PC might be fine simply by increasing the RAM or installing Windows 10. In other cases, swapping your hard drive for an SSD can make a world of difference.
Even just installing optimization software like Total System Care may make enough of a difference.
It’s also important to consider whether or not you need a conventional desktop PC for your business. Would tablets serve you better? If you have a mobile workforce, then it’s easy to connect tablets to larger monitors by HDMI, which then allows you to take the tablets with you on-the-go.
Professional tablets like the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro both cater to business users. Meanwhile, there are Chromebooks, Linux-based computers, and other options available to you outside the Windows world.
Typically, however, for business you’ll want to stick with Windows. Enterprise-grade software is typically designed to work with Windows, and it’s what most of your clients and coworkers will be using.
In any case, if you decide you do need a new business PC, then keep reading.
4) Decide Who’s in Charge of Setting Up PCs
Larger businesses will have entire IT departments dedicated to setting up new equipment. Small and medium-sized businesses, however, may not have that luxury. That means you’ll have to either:
-Use a tech-savvy employee to setup your new computers
-Outsource the job to a third party
In either case, you’ll want to involve this person (or third party) from the beginning stages of the shopping process. Make sure they have a say in the upgrade process – since they’ll be doing most of the heavy lifting.
3) Make Sure You Know the Three Most-Used Applications
If your business is in a specialized industry, then your three most-used applications will likely be different than everybody else’s applications.
Most businesses, however, will have their most-frequently-used applications looking something like this:
-Microsoft Office applications
Engineering firms or design firms may add CAD software to their top 3.
The reason you’re doing this is because you’ll want to pick PCs that are perfect at running your top 3 software programs. Remember: you’re buying these PCs to maintain efficiency at your business. The last thing you want is for a PC upgrade to make your office less efficient.
2) Consult with Other Offices or Similar Businesses
Whether you’re running a small business or you’re a branch of a larger business, you’ll want to talk to people in a similar position and figure out what worked best for those people
Did they purchase Dell and have problems getting the computers to work with a specific software program? Did Lenovo computers struggle with an email client? Did they get a special deal on computers from HP?
Asking around can save you bundles of money when you need to buy PCs for your office. Talk to other offices at your computer. Or, ask around at local businesses – sometimes, local businesses are an ideal option because they’re close by when repairs are needed (and they’re willing to cut you a discount specifically for that reason).
1) Take Advantage of Trade-in Promotions
Most PC manufacturers let you trade in old PCs to get a discount on upgrades. Lenovo, Dell, and HP all have programs like this (it’s common among the upper tier of computer vendors).
Sometimes, these promotions are better at certain times of the year – like during the launch of a new operating system.
One thing to remember before trading in your PCs is to remove all old data from those PCs – especially if you work in a sensitive industry. If your work is particularly sensitive, then you might want to physically destroy the storage units (or at least remove and keep the storage units and hard drive).
That’s it! These are 5 tips that will save you enormous hassle the next time you need to purchase PCs for your office.