10 Reasons Why You Should Buy Business Quality Computers
The question we get asked more than any other is ‘Why do I need to pay more to buy a business grade laptop?’
The answer is ver simple. If you ran a Courier business, and you bought a chip, non-commercial vehicle that started slowly in the morning, kept breaking down and was out of warranty, couldn’t store as many parcels, made your drivers late for drops, and resulted in less efficiency for the business, you would have 2 options;
- Keep it, put up with less efficiency, and make less profit
- Purchase a business quality vehicles and increase your profits
The same applies to IT and computers in business. Older, underpowered, ‘home’ machines are slower than business machines, have shorter warranties, are more likely to break down, are made from less durable components, and cost companies thousands of man hours. Even if such a machine only cost a company 10 minutes a day that’s 42 hours of work a year!
Laptop makers take great pains to differentiate between their consumer- and professional-oriented product lines. While consumer laptops are usually designed for style, business laptops frequently offer a tougher chassis, more configuration options and better usability.
Large corporate customers buy these notebooks by the thousands and expect them to last for several years. So, if manufacturers want to keep Fortune 500 clients happy, they need to design their business laptops to a higher standard of quality. Even if you don’t “work” in the traditional sense all you do on your laptop is write emails, urn the web and post on social media, you can benefit a great deal from a notebook thats optimised for productivity but its still affordable.
10 main reasons why as a business owner, you should buy a business class laptop
- Durability – If you want a laptop that can survive drops and spills, a business system is more likely to last the course. Many business machines even come with a roll cage to limit the damage.
- Components – Most business machines are built to order, from the latest components, and with new batteries that have not been connected for months while sat in the shipping container. Consumer and retail models don’t have this luxury, which is why there is a price difference.
- Matte Displays with Better Viewing Angles – Glossy displays have become standard on consumer laptops because vendors believe consumer shopping retail will be influenced by their shininess and slightly more vibrant colours. However, the glossier the display, the worse the viewing. (Imagine trying to read a Web page and seeing your reflection more than the text).
- Better Keyboards – Business Keyboards are more tactile and responsive, as well as being durable, which greatly aids productivity.
- More and Better Pointing Options – The touchpad on business laptops are usually designed for form over function. In many cases, they have discrete buttons, whereas most consumer laptops force you to click left or right on the entire pad, which is less accurate and less comfortable.
- Replaceable, Extended Batteries – These days most consumer laptops come with sealed-in batteries that you can’t remove without taking them to a service centre. However, many business systems still let you swap batteries on your own so you can carry a spare or upgrade to a larger unit. These batteries also tend to have longer warranties, and if the machine is built to order the battery will nor have been connected for the months before purchase, thus further extending its life.
- Less Bloatware – A business simply can’t afford to pay its IT department or suppliers to sit their uninstalling unwanted software from each new laptop it orders. Vendors know this and intentionally avoid overloading their business notebooks with to much unwanted trailware.
- Biometric Security – You won’t see too many consumer laptops with fingerprint readers, but many business systems have them as standard or an inexpensive option. With a reader, you can swipe-login to Windows or configure a password manager to use your fingerprint as a credential.
- Long Lifespan, More Serviceable – Because businesses hold onto their laptops for 2-3 years, hardware vendors must keep offering parts and service. For that reason, business models usually stay on the market for a year or longer and components, such as replacement batteries and AC Adapters, are available for many years.
- Reasonably Priced – Now you might be asking: What about price? Depending on what you compare it with, a business system may cost £100-200 more than a consumer model for the same specs. On average, a home model used in a business situation will cost that business at least 1 hour a week in performance, so at least 50 a year. Unless you are paying you staff between £2-4/hours, the cost saving is enormous if you move to a business machine.