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Desktop or laptop? It’s a question you might ask yourself each time you buy a new personal computer. While it’s difficult enough to choose your own component preferences and requirements, making the purchasing decision for a small to medium-sized business is a challenge that requires thoughtful research, budget strategizing, and end-user consultation.

So, What Are Your “Must-Haves?”
Although practically all business desktops and laptops now include the ideal components to operate efficiently, some features will be more critical to your business than others.what is your budget?

 

 

The Lenovo ThinkCentre
M58 Tower enterprise
desktop features         Windows 7, GMA4500 integrated video, and a DVD burner, but you can customize components,
peripherals, and software.

 

 

 

When it comes down to a laptop vs. desktop face off, you can make things simple with a pros and cons list. And if you’re in the market for either type of computer, you’ll be glad to learn that we have outlined the benefits and disadvantages of both styles.

Desktops
Traditional desktops have been the go-to computers for companies up until the mid-2000s, when laptops made their mark as worthwhile investments. Take a look at what they have to offer your growing business. Why Say Yes? If this is your first round of purchases and the computing budget isn’t what it could be, desktops may be your optimum choice. When assessing which components your workers are going to need most, think about whether or not extensive peripheral support is important. For instance, designers and other members of a creative team may prefer to use large (19-inch and larger) monitors to collaborate on marketing projects. Specific desktop models typically include the multimedia ports to accommodate two displays.

Economy desktops include integrated graphics,unless you upgrade a tower to a larger form factor that will support a discrete graphics card. A graphics card is necessary for running demanding videography programs or visual editing suites. Theoretically, enterprise PCs are built to last and could be an employee’s computing companion for at least five to seven years if the IT department deploys updates on schedule and services the systems regularly.

Why Not?
The amount of physical space desktops occupy is a drawback. If you operate your business out of a small leased office, there may be little desktop real estate available. Traveling professionals may not appreciate the durability of a desktop, because they can’t take it on the road. Obviously, if you have numerous road warriors working away from the office many weeks throughout the year, a desktop (or at least a desktop alone) won’t suffice.

 

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Laptops

Business laptops pack all of the necessities in one small form factor, but it’s up to you to decide if that’s a drawback or benefit. Here are the dark and bright sides of laptops.

Why Say Yes?
By definition, a laptop is portable and functions as the business traveler’s primary productivity tool (unless tablets are a priority for your company). Thanks to Wi-Fi connectivity, telecommuters can easily work from home on a laptop. Business colleagues can swap demo presentations during a lunch meeting. A CEO at a wireless café in Madrid can videoconference with her purchasing manager in Boston. Part of the appeal of laptops for business is the “built-in” factor. Integrated Web cams make chatting convenient; embedded 3G mobile broadband capabilities enable greater connectivity; and increasingly powerful batteries provide six to eight hours of consecutive work time, on average. Moreover, laptops are able to support the same memory (2 to 4GB) and internal storage (hundreds of gigabytes) as any business desktop. For space-conscious business owners, laptops can help balance the office feng shui by not overwhelming the room with extra cables, monitors, and towers. Not all laptops are the same, though: desktop replacement laptops tend to be bulkier, whereas thin-line models are more travel friendly.

 

A “workstation” laptop
such as the Dell Precision
M4500 Mobile workstation
can handle multitasking
when you’re working with
numerous applications
during a business flight.

 

 

 

Why Not?
Laptops don’t offer much ergonomic comfort. You can’t use a wrist rest with a laptop, either, but the touchpad will prevent you from constantly scrolling your mouse’s scroll wheel with one finger. The keyboard on a laptop is compact and doesn’t always feature a numerical pad, though you do have the option of substituting a full-size USB keyboard. Providing a charging dock for enduser laptops is one of the best ways to keep a laptop recharged; otherwise, every one of your employees will be searching for an available wall outlet.

To Stay Or To Go
As you contrast the benefits and disadvantages of desktops and laptops, consult our Takeaway chart so you can be prepared to find computing solutions that won’t hinder your small business as it expands.

 

Desktops vs Laptops – THE TAKEAWAY –

DESKTOP

PROS                                                                                                                                                 ▲ Support for numerous peripherals
▲ Plenty of configuration options
▲ Generally less expensive
▲ Easy to maintain

CONS
▲ Customization fees
▲ Occupies more office real estate
▲ Not for business travel

 

LAPTOP

PROS                                                                                                                                                 ▲ Ideal for mobile workers
▲ More wireless connectivity options
▲ Everything-in-one form factor
▲ Doesn’t occupy a lot of space

CONS                                                                                                                                                  ▲ Lack of ergonomic design
▲ Requires battery charging and maintenance
▲ High price points depending on the brand

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