Biz Bits: Lots to consider when buying business computers

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
There's a lot to consider when purchasing computers for the office.

Tip of the Week

Choice is great, right? It sure is, except when the options leave your head spinning. Businesses have a lot to consider when purchasing computers these days with touch screen laptops, Chromebooks, Windows 8 vs. Windows 7, and choosing between desktop computers, laptops and even tablets.

This may be the post-PC era, but if you’re running a business, you almost certainly need traditional computers to stay productive and manage everything from payroll to projects. In short, the line between business computers and home computers may have blurred considerably in recent years, but that doesn’t mean any computer will do for your business.

As you evaluate your options, consider these factors and tips from Staples, which helps small businesses make more computing happen:

Support: Many businesses, especially small businesses, rely on hardware and software makers for support. If you don’t have your own IT staff (and even if you do), think about buying a computer with prepackaged support assistance.

Portability: Even if your business has typically used desktop computers, don’t dismiss laptops. Today’s laptop computers and tablets pack a lot of power and can handle just about any computing task. Look for laptops with at least 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 750-gigabyte hard drive capacity for storing all your files and apps.

Cost savings: If economy is a key concern, consider a Chromebook from the likes of Acer, HP or Samsung. These devices will be particularly suitable for businesses that use Gmail and Google Docs for work.

Touch screen: With touch-screen devices in their pockets and purses, today’s computer users have grown accustomed to touch as a key to the computing interface.

Windows 7 or Windows 8: When thinking about operating systems, think of the choice like this: familiarity versus the future. There’s no easy answer to this question, but if you’re currently upgrading from XP or don’t want to invest in training for Windows 8, then Windows 7 is a suitable choice.

— Brandpoint

BBB Watch

Watch out for fake emails informing you that you are being summoned for a court appearance. The file attached to the fake email is actually malware. Courts do not typically summon people via email, text message or phone. Unless you are involved in a case and have opted into receiving email communications, courts normally communicate through mail.

— Better Business Bureau

The List

The world’s highest-paid athletes are raking in the cash doing their job playing sports and also in endorsements. The top 10 are:

1. Tiger Woods

2. Roger Federer

3. Kobe Bryant

4. Lebron James

5. Drew Brees

6. Aaron Rodgers

7. Phil Mickelson

8. David Beckham

9. Cristiano Ronaldo

10. Lionel Messi

— Forbes.com

Number to Know

15: Whether you choose a laptop or a desktop, be sure to focus on screen real estate, especially if your business requires employees to keep multiple windows open through the day. Look for laptops with a screen size at least 15 inches, also all-in-one desktops, or desktop bundles that include a monitor. Still not enough space? You can also consider an extra monitor.

Tech Talk

Your computers hold valuable data, and you don’t want to make it easy for thieves to walk off with that information. Aside from the security measures provided by your operating system, be sure to check if your machines can be secured to a desk. New Lenovo models help to safeguard the computer’s physical security with a cable lock, padlock loop and chassis intrusion switch.

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