Do you take a coffee break when you login each morning? Are you tired of trying to push past error messages just to get through your workday? Have you seen the dreaded blue screen of death a few too many times? Then it may just be time for a new computer. Don’t buy a cheap replacement just to get by, it may cost you a lot more in the long run.
Cheap vs. inexpensive
Did you know that cheap and inexpensive are truly two different things? Cheap generally denotes an item that is of low quality and inexpensive, but not all inexpensive items are low quality goods. I’m sure you’ve noticed the quality of goods at Wal-Mart versus a standard retailer. You can go with cheap products for everything these days from toilet paper to clothing, toys or even electronics. Big box retailors are ready to take your money no matter what you choose. So, how can you ensure you are getting a good quality product at a reasonable price?
Sometimes cheap, just isn’t quite enough
We’ve seen it time and time again. As a matter of fact, recently, a company was looking to upgrade their laptops for their teams now working at home. So, when they received the quote for the new computers from their IT guy, they took that quote online to comparison shop. They purchased a half dozen cheap laptops from an online retailer thinking they were saving a bundle of money. The specs were close, isn’t that good enough? The real questions are, will these laptops last? Can they support the needs of your staff? Are they durable for travel and daily life? How long will they really last? Are they compatible with everything you need?
Why are cheap computers so expensive?
Because they come with excess baggage. Generally, supporting cheaper computers is more difficult. The warranties don’t cover as much as you would expect, which means more work for your IT department to bring your workstation back to life when there is an issue. Maintaining a consistent environment allows your support team to keep your network safe more efficiently. Having a standard computer for your workforce can reduce costs when considering upgrades and replacement parts as well as streamline support since a problem on one workstation can be addressed for everyone upon discovery.
Assess your tech needs upfront
Take a minute to evaluate the essentials you need to do your job, period. Do you need a desktop or laptop? Are you looking for increased speeds? More room for storage? Better quality graphics or compatibility? Write down the top five items for a wish list and evaluate the features necessary in a new computer that will meet your needs.
If you just need a steady workstation and you don’t travel often, think about a good quality desktop computer. Desktop computers are easier to keep cool because they have more room for hefty fans, this will add to the longevity of the workstation and help maintain the performance of your computer. In addition, tower computers are more pliable, you can easily change parts or upgrade components to keep your machine updated. If you are searching for a perfect all-purposes device you can use on the go, consider a high-quality laptop that can handle the programs you need at a speed that won’t slow you down.
Durability and support
Basics of economics will prove durable goods generally come with a little higher price tag. Look for a computer that offers you a longer lifetime, something fast and durable. We recommend computers with a solid state drive. This type of hard drive will be much more responsive for the operating system and your software. Solid state drives load faster because the drive responds quicker. You will find that you spend less time waiting for your programs to load and more time productively working. A little added durability will also keep you working more often, reducing the amount of hardware failure over the lifetime of the computer. This will ultimately save you valuable time and money over the years.
Keep your eye on the warranty
One clear benefit hiding in some of the more pricy laptops is a better long-term warranty. Dell and Lenovo for example, include a one to three-year warranty that protects you against defects even if you upgrade your laptop components. Dell and HP will throw in their extended three-year warranty to butter you up, but these are generally additions to the higher-end product lines. However, they are well worth the investment.
What vendor will you call when you need warranty or manufacturer support?
Is your IT provider a partner for the manufacturer you choose? Or will you be stuck calling into a public support queue with no escape from the elevator music? The partner relationships your IT provider nourishes with vendors like Dell, HP and Lenovo allow them to skip the line in the support queues. They are not waiting behind every Grandma Mary or Uncle Joe who needs to have their laptop examined.
Our best advice
Evaluate what you need and invest in a scalable higher-end economical solution that won’t be an expensive headache later. Interested in purchasing a new computer? Give us a call and we will conduct a FREE Network Assessment to identify solutions to fit your specific business.