In my business coaching role I’m often involved in assisting with the decision to equip offices with the right tools and desktop computers are at the top of the list.
There is one rule to remember: resist the urge to buy cheap. No matter what kind of deals or savings you may find, the bottom line is that low cost equals high maintenance.
Think of the purchase as an important investment in your company's future - one that will pay off on a daily basis and make the initial cost completely worthwhile. Consider the cost of maintenance, upkeep and expensive IT personnel that will only add to your 'cheap' deal. When it comes to computers, you do in fact get what you pay for.
It may seem like there are an overwhelming number of options out there, especially if this is your first big buy. From a business coaching perspective I believe a good way to start is by making a list of all the daily activities you plan on using the desktops for, noting the basic functions you would require and the programs you use most often. Consider compatibility and ease-of-use of these programs on the different systems. When you have your options laid out this way, you are better prepared when speaking with a salesperson or browsing online, as you know what you are looking for. There are a plethora of different computers out there which are better or worse depending on your basic needs. A general assessment is essential.
The next biggest decision people face is usually the choice between a PC and a Mac. A PC, or personal computer, refers to a device run on the Windows operating system. A Mac is an Apple device with a completely different operating system and set of tools. On the most basic level, the two devices are different because they run particular programs more smoothly than the other.
So again, when considering what you expect from your desktop, do your research and find out which operating system better runs your programs. Turn to consumer reports, reviews and tech blogs for your answers.
Consider the size of your hard drive and what you will be storing on the devices - investing in a larger drive can save purchasing add-ons at a later date. Depending on what you will be storing, around 40 gigabytes (GBs) is usually sufficient for an office computer if you are not planning on storing a lot of music or photos.
Generally, spending $1000-1500 can land you something that will do the job efficiently. You might want to check out access to full support including customer service phone lines, tech support teams and local repair centres. It's all about down-the-line costs when purchasing desktops for the office and laying out a plan, conducting research and investing in what is best for your team will guarantee you the highest daily Return on Investment – what every business coach looks for!