Buying new computers for your business? Here’s a nifty guide

Buying new computers for your business? Here’s a nifty guide

Canadian businesses rely heavily on computers to accomplish many tasks, such as marketing their products and services, managing finances, and communicating with customers and employees. That's why it's important to purchase the right computers that can support your company's unique needs.

It's important to purchase the right computers that can support your company's unique needs.

However, with so many options on the market, you may have difficulty choosing which computers to get. When shopping for new computers, here are some things you should consider:

Desktop vs. laptop

If you primarily work in one location like the office, then get a desktop PC. However, if you take your computer with you often like to client meetings or you work from home, you'll want to buy a laptop.

Keep in mind that desktops tend to have longer life spans and are more affordable than laptops with similar specifications. However, laptops are more portable and consume less energy.

Processor and memory

Similar to the brain in the human body, the central processing unit (CPU) is the one that interprets a program's instructions and sends commands to the computer. The more cores a CPU has, the quicker your computer can load programs and complete other tasks.

On the other hand, a computer’s random access memory (RAM) is where information is stored for quick retrieval, enabling the computer to do multiple tasks simultaneously. The more RAM your computer has, the faster the computer will run when you're working on several programs simultaneously. The RAM and processor work hand in hand to maximize your computer’s performance.

To determine the RAM and processor specs your computer should have, think about what tasks you'll be doing on the computer. If you'll be working with large files (e.g., videos) or running several data-hungry applications (e.g., video editing software) at once, you'll need a powerful processor and a lot of RAM. For example, you can go for a computer with an octa-core processor and 32 GB RAM.

Conversely, if you'll be using the computer for simple tasks, such as checking email, browsing the web, and working on Word documents, you can get by with a less powerful processor and less RAM. Most users will do well with either a dual or quad-core processor and at least 8 GB RAM.

Hard drive

The hard drive is where all your files, documents, and local apps are stored. The bigger the hard drive, the more storage space is available.

When choosing a hard drive, you'll need to decide how much storage space you need for your company files and programs. If you need to store large files like high-resolution photos and videos, then you need at least 1 TB of hard drive storage. But a computer with a 500 GB hard drive should be enough for most users. If you're not sure how much storage space you need, take a look at the size of your current hard drive and estimate how much more space you'll need to accommodate your future needs.

Alternatively, you can consider other storage options like a cloud storage solution or an external hard drive. If you're going to utilize such options, then you might not need a hard drive with a lot of storage space.

Operating system

The operating system (OS) is the software that allows you to interact with the computer. Most computers come with a Microsoft OS, but some use macOS, Linux, or Ubuntu.

It's best to stick with an operating system you're already familiar with since it may take some time to get used to different OS settings, configurations, and interfaces.

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