02 Feb 5 Tips for selecting the perfect end user device
It’s not that long ago that your computer was the size of your car and computer viruses had to be physically installed. Nowadays you can have a functioning business computer the size of a thumb drive and cybercrime is part of everyday life.
Selecting the perfect device for a purpose rather than a fashion statement can be essential for protecting your business from security threats. You can also end up wasting money and effect your business productivity. You need to be smart about your device choices; so who needs what? Check out my 5 tips below:
1. Do you need a laptop?
A desktop is a prefect device for those who don’t need to leave the office. They are generally more powerful, cheaper and can be updated or refurbished quite easily. We at Evolve IT Australia still use desktop computers for members of the team that don’t leave the office and wherever it’s appropriate we try to be environmentally friendly and repurpose our old desktops.
2. Go for a generic or a standard docking station/s
For those who require laptops and tablets, chances are they are or should be out of the office quite regularly, so why not turn their desk into a hot desk? It’s simple to setup – grab a couple of monitors, a generic docking station and you’re set. This can also be a good setup if different departments work closely together in your business as it gives great flexibility.
At Evolve IT Australia we have a lot of Microsoft Surface tablets and docks in our tech team for this reason. Our engineers can work through complex issues as a team but also have the flexibility to dock into another station should they need to help another department.
3. Beware of the shiny device
It may come to a surprise but there is a big difference between a business device that you would buy from an IT reseller than a device you would buy from a retail outlet.
I always tell our clients “beware of the shiny computer”. They often will have a home version of Windows and you end up spending more money getting the computer “business ready” than what the actual computer cost you.
My advice is stick to buying your equipment through your IT company or if they can’t supply what you need ask them to source a place that can.
4. Go for a solid-state drive (SSD)
SSD provide a big boost in your pc’s performance. Your computer can perform up to 30% quicker when supplied with a SSD. The boot up time alone can be improved by up to 400%.
In the past the only advantage that the standard HDD had was the price, however the tide is turning and we are seeing that SSD’s are becoming quicker and cheaper.
5. Get the right advice
Buying a new computer can be daunting so it’s important that you use a trusted resource to help you source the most appropriate device for the appropriate individual.
Try to avoid the crafty salesman and remember if it sounds too good to be true it normally is!