A computer is a vital business tool, and there are many things to think about before replacing one. Not all computers are the same, not even the ones with the same headline specifications.
If you pop down to a popular High Street store to browse their computers you will quite quickly be spotted by an assistant who will offer to help. Which is great, isn’t it? Unless they have been tasked with shifting today’s “Manager’s Special”.
Such computers are likely to have been bought as a large job lot, which now need selling as quickly as possible to maximise profits. Pile them high, sell them cheap, sell them quick. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a cheap computer.
The first question to ask yourself before buying a new business computer must be, “Do I want a Desktop PC or a Laptop?” See the Northumberland Computer Support blog at https://computer-support.uk/desktop-or-laptop-computer/ for the options and for help to decide. But it really comes down to, “Do I need my computer to be portable, or will it sit on the same desk for the next 5 years?”
Whether you choose a Desktop or Laptop there are many other considerations, some of which are:
How much are you willing to spend? With computers, just as with most other things in life, you get what you pay for. And, for such a critical device, you should be wary of saving a few bob now, just to pay much more later.
A good, business-grade computer should last at least 5 years. Less expensive computers, bought from High Street shops, are designed to need replacing every 3 years. Remember, there is no such thing as a cheap computer. Buy cheap, buy twice.
In very general terms, a business computer which is expected to last at least 5 years, is going to cost around £750, (equivalent to only £150 a year).
A cheaper computer may cost only £450, but it is only designed to last 3 years, (£150 a year). But you have to factor in the hassle and cost of replacing these more often.
Sadly almost all computer manufacturers are trying to sell us cheap computers. That is, after all, what most folks buy, so they are simply fulfilling our needs.
The manufacturers all watched the rise of the cheaper makes, such as Acer and Packard Bell, and realised that is what was selling, so they all went down that same route. (Or, like Toshiba and Samsung, they dropped out of that market altogether.)
Today’s laptop and desktop market is dominated by HP and they are aiming at the less pricey end of the market with a range of reasonable quality machines which are priced to do a job.
A business user may be better off investing in a more robust Dell computer. They do have cheaper models, but their business grade ranges are Optiplex (for Desktops) and Latitude (for laptops).
If you just read the headline specifications, (such as type of processor, amount of memory, size of hard drive); you are missing the quality of the build of machine. A cheaper computer may use the same processor as a more costly one, but they will save money on the motherboard, for instance. This is the bit that connects all the other bits and is critical to the efficiency of the computer.
Where to buy.
If you buy from a High Street shop you should be wary of the warranty offered. For instance, Dell warranties are generally excellent, with fast service for hardware issues, often carried out next day at your premises.
But, if you bought your PC from a popular High Street shop, that warranty may well be with the shop, and not with Dell at all. The shop will take the computer away for repair and you may not see it again for 3 weeks. And it has been known for them to come back with more problems than they had originally!
Buy from an internet discounter and you may well find that you have actually bought a lesser model than you paid for. How many people would know how to check?
Specialist computer support companies, such as Northumberland Computer Support, will not only sell the computer to you. They will also configure it to run as efficiently as possible, swap existing software and data from the machine being replaced, and take over if it does need to be repaired or returned under a warranty claim. That’s one less hassle for you.
It is something of a minefield to know what type of computer you require for which job. Fortunately Northumberland Computer Support offer a free telephone advice service. Call 01670 432 324 and ask for that advice before making such a key business decision and you could save a lot of hassle and money!
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You’ve already tried switching it off and switching it on again? Try switching it off and leaving it off. Go for a walk to calm down. Make a brew. Then give us a call!
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