Not all computers are created equal, and in the business vs. consumer PCs debate we explain to you why you shouldn’t scrimp on investing in computers for your business.
We know what you’re thinking. Why should you pay more for a “business class” laptop or desktop when you can get a consumer model for less from Best Buy, or Amazon?
It’s a good question, but it boils down to the differences between business vs, consumer PCs, and there are many. Here we’ve outlined the most relevant for you.
DURABILITY. Business computers are built to last much longer, with higher quality components that are tested more rigorously. They’re designed for wear and tear and to last longer.
POWER. Business computers use far more powerful processors and graphics processing units, along with better cooling solutions and bigger batteries. Consumer models may look cheaper at first glance, but not after upgrades.
SOFTWARE. New PCs ship with either one of two main versions of Microsoft Windows 10 Operating Systems: HOME, which is the basic version with some features removed, and PROFESSIONAL, which includes features required to connect to corporate networks and systems with additional features and security.
Consumer grade PCs can be utilised in a corporate environment however the licensing and labour costs to bring these PCs to standard often outweigh the savings.
To be able to connect to Azure Active Directory and other Microsoft 365 services, Windows 10 Professional is required as a minimum. If required, there is a (costly) license path to upgrade from Home to Professional
SECURITY. Business computers have additional security features integrated into their hardware, from smart card readers to encryption tools. Many even offer extra protection with their own security software solutions, not available on consumer models
Get more security solutions for your data and systems. Learn about the Xari Xecure Suite.
REPAIR & WARRANTY. Consumer models tend to have very short shelf lives. A given model might be available for no more than a year before its replaced by a shiny new model. This means you can’t get replacement parts, and your only option will be to replace the entire unit.
Download the Xari Group Guide to Buying Computers for your Business.
THINK: Buying a home PC for business use would be like buying the cheapest car in the market to use as a full time taxi. Will it work? Of course. But is it the right tool for the job? Absolutely not.
You will end up spending more time and money in the long run and still always have an inferior solution.