Purchasing the right computer for your business function needs is key for both productivity and reliability. Take into consideration these five tech specifications prior to buying a new computer:
Employee function is a great way to determine what type of computer to purchase since there are so many different options it is unlikely that an employee in the creative department would benefit from the same machine someone in the accounting department is using. Take into account what type of computer employees need, such as:
Would they benefit more from a business-grade computer or a consumer-grade computer? The type of computer should be determined prior to moving on to the next specifications.
Selecting the right OS is a big decision when a business is deciding on new computers for employees. It is common for people to say, “Stick with what you know.” However, choosing the best OS based on employee function is ideal.
An employee with more creative job functions may lean more towards Mac. An employee that works in accounting would be better off with Windows. Linux is less likely to be in a business environment.
CPU (Central Processing Unit)
With every new computer comes to a new processor, they are updated yearly to increase speeds and provide more functionality for multitasking. The number of cores and threads determines the processor performance. The higher the number of cores and threads, the better the computer will perform. Employees who are rendering creative content would benefit from a higher processor with four cores or greater.
GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)
GPU is a programmable processor, it is mainly used to quickly return high-resolution images and video. Unlike CPU, GPU requires less memory and is faster due to many cores. GPU is a chip on a “graphics card.” For those who are working with images and videos, a dedicated graphics card could provide a faster and higher quality work environment.
One of the most important parts of a computer, RAM usually ranges from 4GB to 32GB. RAM is essentially the computers working memory and helps navigate between tasks smoothly. Employees can usually get by with using 4GB but ideally, they would be performing every day functions better with 8GB to 16GB. 32GB is the best option for purpose-built machines.
Solid-State Drive or Hard Disk Drive
Both SSD and HDD do the same thing: boot the system, store data, and launching applications. However, the difference comes in terms of price, speed, and durability. SSD is a much faster, newer technology at a higher price point. One benefit of SSD is that does not contain any mechanical components, making it smaller and more durable. Due to being replaceable, an HDD may be a better option for employees working in a creative environment.
When collaborating with a managed services provider companies are able to pick out the most optimal computers for each employee. To learn more about how your business can benefit from managed services, please contact us today.