A Cheap Computer or a Business Computer? What to buy?
A Cheap Computer or a Business Computer? What to buy?
You could go to Cheap-mart or any other big retailer and most likely buy a computer for $350. You must ask yourself: what does that kind of money get you? I know what you are thinking: computer prices have gone down tremendously over the years and hardware and software have gotten exponentially faster. $350 will get me something more powerful than the computers NASA used for the moon landing. True but…
A CHEAP OR A BUSINESS COMPUTER, WHAT IS THE CHOICE?
If you need a computer to access the Internet, check your emails, and you use it sparingly with no need for intensive software like accounting, gaming, photo and movie editing, etc., then you are good to go. Go to the big store and get yourself the biggest, cheapest offer you can find, it won’t really matter.
If you need a computer for your business, do not think about it twice. The cheap computer won’t do! Do not even think about it. Not all computers are alike and I will reveal to you the biggest misconception and problem with the computers that have and are being sold.
A cheap computer, let’s say around $350 at the big discount store, will have a processor that is the slowest in the market and parts that are made of the lowest quality possible.
These special offers and cheap computers will have a tag displaying big storage, big hard drives like 1TB or 2 TB and RAM (memory) of 8 GB or more. When you see that, you think you are getting yourself a great deal. Here is where the misconception comes into play: this cheap computer won’t be able to make use of the RAM, storage, and speed of the hard drive if the processor is slow in the first place. This is a bottleneck case scenario.
Sometimes, it is the opposite, for example, they will sell you a strong processor but with a slow hard drive and little memory which once again creates a bottleneck case scenario. Hey, they must save somewhere to give you a $350 price tag.
That is their shortcut and now you know it! A cheap computer or a business computer?
A CHEAP OR A BUSINESS COMPUTER – MOON LANDING
When choosing between a cheap computer or a business computer, you do not want to put into account that technology today is much more evolved than what was used in the moon landing by NASA. If you think this way, any computer will do in comparison, obviously =) Phones today are thousands of times more evolved and more powerful than the computer you see in the picture.
What to look for when making a choice:
- at least an i5 or i7 as the processor;
- you need to know the processor model number so you can check the benchmark speed and research it for good reviews and reliability among the techies; with hundreds of different models, you could easily lose your mind;
- 8 GB of RAM at the least;
- An SSD (solid state drive) which is about 30 times faster than a regular, mechanical hard drive;
- Good cooling system;
- A dedicated graphics card if you are going to need multiple monitors and if you are going to work with pictures and movies (editing) or playing games;
- Last and not least, there are only two brands that truly count among desktops/workstations, all else, to me, is garbage.
Overwhelmed? Do you see all this information listed at the store when choosing a cheap computer or a business computer? I don’t think so!
In addition, these $350 computers do not last! Literally, in my opinion, and experience, after the one year of warranty from the manufacturer, something breaks, the power supply fries, the RAM fails, the hard drive dies, etc. What did you expect? Cheap is not always good, and when it comes to computers, it is NEVER good.
WHAT A BUSINESS COMPUTER NEEDS
In business, you might need to run accounting software like Sage, Quickbooks, and software like Office (with Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.), Adobe Reader Pro (which is very intensive) and a strong security antivirus which can consume a lot of resources (Eset).
You are not just protecting your home PC where the worst that could happen is losing access to the Internet; plus, you won’t be able to get that special coupon you were waiting for from Bed Bath & Beyond — by the way, they give 20% off to anyone =) You need to protect important business data that cannot get lost, and at times, you have to protect the clients data especially if you have to adhere to HIPAA compliance.
Home computers can be important too depending on the data you work with and how and what you use it for; I did not mean to minimize home desktop computers but you get my point.
- Do not think you can get away with a cheap computer if you are running a business;
- If you are still thinking about what I said on the bullet point above, give it up! Move to a business workstation if you are even a bit serious about your company security and necessities.
STILL WORKING WITH OLD COMPUTERS?
TIME FOR AN UPGRADE MAYBE? Soon or later, you will have to because you see, everything around you is getting better, newer, faster, and more evolved, and your old machines, at one point, will surrender.
The Internet browser updates, and the operating system updates, and when these are not backward compatible any longer with your old equipment, you need to say goodbye to it, and embrace the new technology.
A cheap computer or a business Computer? You make the choice.
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