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Consumer vs. Business Computers


You see a computer sale at Best Buy or Costco and think, "Wow! What an excellent deal!" But is it? Low prices on consumer PCs are designed to draw you in, but are you getting a device that can do what you need to?

The old adage of "you get what you pay for" is very true when it comes to technology.

Here is a list of some key elements

 

Lifespan

Business-class computers are designed for a longer lifespan and are used for more hours per day. Unfortunately, to offer a lower price on a consumer class computer, they're usually made with lower quality parts and not designed for the same hours of use and lifespan as business computers.


Warranty

You'll generally get a more extended warranty covering replacement parts and labor on a business PC compared to a consumer PC—for example, next-day service support on hardware from vendors.


Windows Version

Buying a consumer PC will mean it's loaded with Windows Home instead of Windows Pro, which comes on business computers. Unfortunately, this means you could be missing out on important security and other features you need to use your PC for work effectively.


Speed & Memory

business computers will have fast speed memory chips and will almost always come with a Solid State Drive (SSD)


Ability for Repairs

Because business computers are designed to last longer, finding their parts for any needed repairs is easier. With a shorter lifespan, consumer PCs can have more difficult pieces to see just a few years into their lifespan, primarily because big-box stores are always trying to sell a newer model.


Bloatware

Do you know those programs that come loaded on the new computer you never asked for? Then when you open one up, you find out it's more of an advertisement to get you to buy something? Unfortunately, bloatware can carry significant privacy and security risks, and consumer PCs tend to be loaded with it, much more so than business PCs.


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