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So Many Choices? Here’s How to Prioritize

  • Choose a business class device for your small business computing needs over a consumer device.

  • Invest in the latest generation Intel® Core™ processor now, with the necessary RAM memory and storage capabilities to match employee workloads and productivity needs today, which can be upgraded in the future as needs evolve.

  • Look for the Intel vPro® Essentials badge on small business PCs, indicating built-in hardware security to keep your small business going and growing more than software alone.

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When shopping for new small business PCs, look for business-class devices on the Intel vPro® Essentials platform for greater confidence over consumer devices and built-in hardware security that will protect your data and your ideas more than software alone. These choices will help you meet today’s challenges and capture tomorrow’s opportunities.

When choosing the devices that will work best for your small business, below are important questions you should ask yourself and your team to make sure the small business computers you buy are the right fit.

Depending on your business, you might need a high-end desktop or a lightweight 2-in-1 laptop that helps you show off in client presentations. In fact, you’ll most likely need a combination of machines customized to the needs and roles of specific employees.

Desktop or Laptop?

There are a variety of advantages to both small business desktops and laptops. A desktop with the latest Intel® Core™ processor, plenty of memory, and lots of solid state storage will provide more performance and responsiveness for your money compared to a similarly priced laptop. However, a desktop is essentially fixed to one location, making it most appropriate for stationary roles.

Laptops, on the other hand, are meant to be used on-the-go. These smaller, lighter devices are great for working at a home, at a coffee shop, on a plane, and anywhere in between. While some laptops might not have all the power or storage space of a desktop, laptops with the latest Intel® Core™ processors can handle compute-heavy tasks. However, mobility costs money: Laptops are typically a pricier investment than desktops with comparable specs.

Should You Upgrade?

There are three components you should consider investing more in to ensure your small business is getting the performance and productivity it deserves:

  • Processor: A fast processor can mean the difference between a responsive computer and one that lags. For new computers running on the latest Intel® Core™ processors, everyday tasks can be completed more quickly while allowing employees to simultaneously run multiple applications concurrently.
  • RAM: Random access memory is used to temporarily store data while the computer works. The amount of RAM you need depends on the complexity of the programs you run; video editing requires lots of RAM, for instance, while basic web browsing, and spreadsheets can generally be handled with an entry-level amount. RAM is easily upgradeable, so you can add more as your needs change.
  • Storage: A large hard drive (HDD) or solid-state drive (SDD) not only stores all your files, but is used to launch and operate your programs and operating system, so you want to make sure you have as much space as possible. An alternate solution is to add an external hard drive you can plug into the computer as needed.

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Your computers are likely some of your most important pieces of business equipment. Because technology evolves quickly, it generally pays to invest in the system that fits your needs today and then plan to upgrade as necessary over the life of the computer when your technology needs change.

One thing to keep in mind with upgrades is that desktops are not only generally easier to upgrade, and you can upgrade more components on them than you can with a laptop. Laptop upgrades are usually limited to memory and storage. A laptop upgrade is also more technically challenging, often requiring the assistance of a professional to take the case and keyboard off to install new parts.

Given these restrictions, if you decide to purchase laptops for your small business, it usually makes more sense to spend a little more to buy state-of-the art technology with the performance capabilities that not only fit your current needs but your future needs as well.

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All versions of the Intel vPro® platform require an eligible Intel® Core™ processor, a supported operating system, Intel LAN and/or WLAN silicon, firmware enhancements, and other hardware and software necessary to deliver the manageability use cases, security features, system performance and stability that define the platform. See intel.com/performance-vpro for details.

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