It’s about that time. Your company’s electronics have been getting old and slow.
Heck, they were old and slow years ago.
With the lightning-fast production of electronics nowadays, it seems as if every time you purchase a new one, a new model has already taken over the spot of top dog before your pricey new gadget even touches your desk. And the faster and more innovative the new product is, the pricier it is.
Lovely, isn’t it?
The process of buying a computer for yourself is already tiresome. Finding one that performs well, stores all your programs and documents, and fits within your price range is no easy task. Having to purchase computers for multiple people, who may all have different computer needs, adds even more stress to the equation.
Not to brag too much, but at OSG, we’re known for our top-of-the-line computer sales support. Given that, we’re here to easily guide you through the process of getting the right computers for your company’s needs.
So before you purchase new computers for the office, here are a few things to consider:
Cheaper Is Not Always Better
We understand that your small/midsize business may have limited funding. However, keep in mind that computers are an investment. When it comes to business operations, they’re an essential piece of the puzzle, and having a reliable computer that costs you a little more up front will save you money down the line.
Understand Your Processor
Think of a brainy person you know – they certainly have a lot of knowledge, but more importantly, they’re able to reference that knowledge quickly and efficiently.
In much the same way, the processor acts as the brain of your computer. Desktops that can both store and load their contents quickly usually possess quality processors.
To determine your processor’s quality, examine a chip’s cores and speeds. Cores act as a multiplier, running under a listed speed measured by gigabytes (GHz). Generally speaking, the larger the number, the better.
For example, a single-core, 2GHz processor runs slower than a four-core, 2GHz processor.
Mostly likely, your employees have deadlines for the tasks they’re assigned. Having a processor that performs quickly will ultimately help them get their projects out of the door sooner than they would otherwise.
The More RAM, the Better
RAM stands for Random Access Memory. This is where the role of storage and multitasking comes in. RAM is typically a small, speedy form of memory (which is also measured in GHz & GB).
It keeps stored files closely accessible, rather than having to dig for longer periods of time through a large hard drive. With more RAM, you’ll be able to sift through multiple tasks more easily.
When looking for how much RAM a computer has, you’ll see that your computer is labeled with the letters “DDR”, following a number series. For example, “DDR-400” would be more efficient than “DDR-200.”
That being said, Gigabytes also come into play. 4 GB of RAM won’t perform anywhere near 8 GB of RAM. There’s a somewhat complicated equation to finding the RAM that’s right for you.
If your employees have a research-intensive or multitasking-intensive job where they need to perform multiple tasks at once, you’ll want more RAM for their computers.
Hard Drive for Hard Data
Though RAM stores your data and makes it easily accessible, the majority of your data will be stored in your computer’s hard drive.
Determining the hard drive space you’ll need is often fairly easy to measure. If your employees are using their computers for browsing and searching, grab a small hard drive and save money. If they’re using their computer to store media, you’ll need a larger hard drive.
Hard drives are primarily measured by storage space. 1 Terrabyte is usually plenty, though you could be able to get by with just 250 GB.
Keep in mind that the more programs you store on a hard drive, the higher the chance of slow information processing.
Operating System – Preference Determines It All
At the end of the day, there’s hardly going to be a situation where you need to switch operating systems if your employees perform well on the one they’re currently using. It’s most important to choose an operating system that can efficiently run all the programs your company needs to use.
If you’re looking at desktops, you’ll probably purchase a screen size larger than a laptop.
Once again, consider how your employees use their computers to determine the monitor size. If your employees are using their computers for graphic design, for example, they probably need larger screens to sort out pixelation and use split-screen viewing.
To emphasize once more, buying computers are an investment. And with any investment, you should consult an expert.