Business Desktop Buying Guide: What to Know
Whether you are setting up shop in a rented office as a newly created small business or are looking to set your medium business up with the best technology available, balancing your budget with your computing needs is crucial. This buying guide will cover what you need to know when shopping for the best work desktop to help your company achieve success.
More Power for Money Versus Laptops, Better Savings, and Less Eye Strain
Although a laptop offer users greater flexibility when frequent travel and presenting materials to clients in their homes or business, the best business desktop can help transform your WFH (work from home) or conventional office environment. There are four main types of desktop PCs, namely full-sized desktops, slim or compact desktops, gaming desktops, and all-in-one desktops.
Being the largest of the four types, full-sized desktops take up the most office real estate and are generally stored under desks but are often the most economical model of desktop PC to repair or purchase. As their name suggests, compact desktops are ideal for those who prefer to keep their PC on their desk or lack sufficient under-desk storage space to accommodate a full-sized model.
Gaming desktops are easily the most expensive of the four types but can offer business which require the best graphics cards and processors available a unit which is fit for purpose. An all-in-one desktop PC is unit where the monitor has been combined with the computer hardware, making repair and upgrades tricky to accomplish, but saving considerable space and offering a more modern design aesthetic.
With desktop PCs available for purchase anywhere between $100 to $2,000 and beyond, it is important to understand how far your budget will go. Any desktop PC that costs less than $200 is only good for internet browsing, enjoying streamed content, accessing emails or video conferencing at a basic level. In the $250 to $1,000 range, units are best suited to running office software suits and playing the less technically demanding PC games. Desktops PCs which cost between $1,000 and $2,000 are great for graphic design and video editing, can run many commercial-grade programs, and live stream footage with ease. Any desktop that costs more than $2,000 is only practical for those who need the resources for intensive data processing or bleeding-edge graphics capabilities.
There are several important things to be aware of when shopping for corporate desktops, such as the fact that all-in-one desktops are often more expensive than purchasing a decent monitor and desktop PC separately. It is also worth noting that compared to purchasing a laptop for your business, you get the most value for money in purely technological terms, so it’s worth considering if your business would benefit from greater mobility or greater computing power.
External Ports and Monitors Will Help Distinguish Your Business PC
As opposed to the generally limited number and type of external connectors that can be found on laptops, business desktop computers offer users many more options by comparison. Since one of the most obvious advantages that desktops have over laptops is their ability to add compatible peripheral devices, it is highly recommended that you purchase a unit which has a minimum of six USB ports. You should also make sure that your desktop PC includes more advanced and speedier options for data transfer speed and enjoying 4K video on demand like Thunderbolt and eSata ports. It may also be worth purchasing a desktop which has an SD or Micro SD card reader, either for the option of expanding your storage for relatively little expense or having the option to easily transfer data between different PCs as needed.
As mentioned previously, one of the major advantages for business desktop PCs is that monitors can be purchased independently of the computers themselves, which can save you considerable amounts of money when making bulk purchases. Not only does this increased savings help pad out your technology budget, but it may also allow you to purchase better monitors than otherwise or even get dual monitor setups for yourself and your employees.
Acer's Veriton Desktop Line is Great for All Kinds of Companies and Budgets
For businesses that want to invest in technology that will serve as the foundation for future endeavors, the Veriton line of desktop and all-in-one PCs provides a wide range of excellent options to choose from. The full-size desktop Veriton M model offers users the most options for future upgrades and expansions while the Verition N compact desktop combines incredible space saving while also offering commercial-quality hardware. Companies that wish to purchase desktops PCs with corporate ethics like sustainability in mind will be well served by both the Verition Vero Mini Compact PC as well as the Veriton Vero All-in-one PC, both of which are constructed from PCR (post-consumer recycled) plastics and include environmentally friendly design features and EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) Gold certification, which is the best level of environmental performance a company can be recognized for.
Whether you are buying one or several new business desktops, it is important to keep your budget and business needs in perspective. Acer makes many excellent desktops and all-in-one business PCs including the Veriton series to help ensure your company is equipped for both every-day business as well as your future ambitions.
*The opinions reflected in this article are the sole opinions of the author and do not reflect any official positions or claims by Acer Inc.
About Dan VanPatten: Dan is a full-time technology writer with interests in gaming, gadgetry, and all things PC tech related. He writes about a variety of topics including technology news, product reviews, and software. His experience stems from years of experience writing & producing content for technology newsletters & publications.