Working with a variety of businesses around the Albuquerque area, we talk to a lot of people about their technology needs. One question we frequently get is why we recommend business-class equipment, and what that means. The equipment that you purchase for your business is generally not going to be the same as you would purchase for home use.
When it comes time for a business to acquire new equipment, it can be very tempting to buy a computer that is meant for home use. The business needs computers, and other systems, in order to meet their technology needs. What they may not be aware of is why the price of the computers recommended to them is more costly than what they may see on the shelf at their local Walmart or Best Buy. But there is good reason for those higher prices.
There is a distinct difference between business-class equipment and consumer-class equipment. If you were purchasing a computer for home and recreational use, you would be just fine investing in a consumer-class computer. But, when it comes to businesses, it is important to opt for a business-class equipment including computer systems. They are made especially for the needs of a business, and they provide a wealth of benefits, including:
• Operating system made for business – Software that will be more effective for business use: better security, account control, and encryption tools to help safeguard your information.
• Built for higher usage – Business-class computers are generally built with higher quality, more durable parts designed to run for longer periods of time. This usually results in lower failure rates compared to home based models.
• Better manufacturer’s support – This includes better support, ability to get spare parts, and faster repair time if something does go wrong.
• Better warranty – Most business-class systems come with at least a 3 year warranty, compared to many consumer models where a 90 day to 1 year warranty is standard.
• Faster time to repair – Most consumer-based computers require you to mail in the computer for repair, which can take weeks. Retail stores try to get around this by selling you an extra warranty, which negates the cost savings while still not providing you with all of the benefits of what business-class equipment has to offer.
Overall, business-class computers are more durable and reliable, offer more features, and will result in less down time for your company. The extra $100-$300 more for the correct computer will pay off in the long run.