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How to Choose a Business Computer

ByCourtnie Erickson,
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Mar 21, 2017
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To keep your company running smoothly, you need a powerful and reliable business computer.

A powerful and reliable business computer can be your most important productivity tool. There are many options for a computer — some less expensive than others. But without properly researching and choosing a high-quality device, applications will run slowly, your computer may crash and your employees’ productivity and efficiency can suffer. As you look for a business computer, here are a few features and specifications you should consider.

Processor

The processor is critical to your computer’s performance. The processor is what allows you to run and utilize multiple applications simultaneously. Not all processors are created equal. First look at the number of cores. 

A single core’s job is to send all the data to the processor. If the processor features multiple cores, each core is responsible for different computing tasks, instead of handling the entire system. This allows for a faster and more smooth computer experience. Additionally, a processor’s cache is memory available for the processor’s temporary storage. The more cache that is available, the more files the processor can quickly retrieve.

Also, consider the processor’s frequency. This is the speed of the processor, measured in hertz. This is a good indicator of how quickly and how well the processor can perform.

Hard Drive Storage

Your hard drive is where all your files and documents are permanently stored. The amount of storage will vary by model, but ideally look for a computer with no smaller than 500GB of storage space. Many new business computers offer at least 1TB of hard drive storage, allowing you to store hundreds of documents, images and video files.

You may also want to consider a solid state drive, instead of a traditional hard drive. They have no moving parts so they tend to last longer. 

RAM

Random Access Memory, or RAM, is where your computer stores files for quick access. For example, the more applications you use simultaneously, the more RAM you will use. When most of your RAM is utilized, your computer will slow down significantly. Just like with hard drive storage, the amount of RAM will vary by model but look for business computers with at least 2GB of RAM to ensure optimal productivity throughout your work day.

Resolution

If you are going to conduct frequent video conferences or you work in a field dealing with graphics and other multimedia, you need a display with a high resolution. The higher the resolution, the sharper and more detailed images that will be presented. If you rarely work with images or video, the resolution of the computer should not be a high priority.

Ports and Connectivity

The more ports and connectivity options featured on your device, the more you can use all your accessories. Popular options include USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports, along with an optical drive. But optical drives are becoming more rare. If you don't absolutely need to use DVDs, it might be worth skipping this option. USB Type-C ports are very new and would be a good way to future proof your purchase, but make sure it's not your only port. Also, consider computers with Bluetooth capabilities for easier connectivity with other Bluetooth-enabled devices such as your smartphones, tablets or even headphones.

Warranty

The warranty on your computer is important to cover any technical issues that may arise with your device. Many manufacturer warranties cover the parts of the computer and any servicing that needs to be completed. Most business computers are only covered for one year but several of the best models are covered for three or more years.

Overall, your goal is to find a computing device that can handle all the work you do in your industry. Each model will vary and it is up to you to find a device that is reliable, powerful and capable of all your desired asks.

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Courtnie Erickson
Courtnie Erickson
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Courtnie Erickson is a graduate of Utah State University. She currently lives in northern Idaho with her husband and two adorable sons. She enjoys running, Dr. Pepper and naptime.
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