Most businesses rely on computers to conduct their day-to-day activities. These can vary depending on the business, from simple tasks such as sending emails and surfing the net to more complex operations such as graphic design, computer programming, in-depth data analysis, or even use of specialist software. With consumer PCs generally costing a lot less than business PCs it can be helpful to know what the main differences are before deciding on which will be more appropriate for your business.
Consumer PCs are designed to perform a wide variety of tasks that are not really relevant to businesses, such as playing computer games, watching films and listening to music. Choosing such a machine for your business means you will have a lot of unnecessary software that takes up extra space. Business PCs are likely to have more relevant features such as remote desktop control software, fingerprint readers and encryption tools. If you are using your PC to join a company network it is also worth bearing in mind Windows Professional has additional features that are not included in the home versions and are designed to link up to a network quickly and easily.
Another point to consider is the optical drive, which many consumer PCs are now choosing not to include since most home users now download music and films online. For businesses, however, an optical drive is still essential for sending and receiving information via CDs and DVDs. When choosing a PC for your business, make sure that it comes with a full-sized optical drive and a tray that opens.
One of the reasons consumer PCs are cheaper than business PCs is because they are comprised of less costly components. This does not necessarily offer value-for-money though because business PCs, which use higher quality parts, will have a longer lifespan and can be serviced easily. In addition, a business PC will come with further technical support should you have any issues and the response times from the support team will be quicker. This is vital when you consider the impact that even a few hours of down-time can have on your business, especially during working hours.
Choosing a consumer PC for your business could initially save you some money, but in the long-run a business PC will make a more worthwhile investment and perform better for your business needs. Any technical issues will be quicker and easier to fix and your PC should have a much longer lifespan.