Computers and business go hand-in-hand. With important data, application accesses and freedom of interaction with other businesses and clients, it’s imperative to keep up with the digital age of business technology. The last thing anyone needs is a laptop that goes on the fritz at an inopportune time.
But how can you go about it? First, it’s wise to consult an IT professional, but there are some things you can think about first. Are there performance issues? For instance, does it take a while for a program to load, or for the computer to boot up? Does it randomly turn off, or make any loud noises? By getting into specifics, you can discover whether you need a technician to upgrade parts of the laptop, or whether it’s in your business’s best interest to get a brand new laptop.
If it only needs a minor upgrade, hire a laptop technician. Some laptops are designed to not be opened. This means while most computers can have their parts easily upgraded, laptops generally have to be entirely replaced. But a specialised technician can upgrade your laptop in areas where slowdown and speed is an issue; such as upgrading the hard-drive or RAM. One thing to keep in mind is that the manufacturer’s warranty may be voided if the technician doesn’t work for the original manufacturer.
When looking for a new laptop, it’s wise to think about what specifications would benefit your business. For instance, there are more and more laptops created for heavy performance usages like video gaming or video producing. If your laptop is used for desktop editing, publishing, or something like spreadsheets, you won’t need a hyper-performance laptop. This will save you a lot of money and can cut the cost by up to 75%.
Once you figure out what specific laptop specifications will benefit you, it’s time for cost analysis. Out of the box laptops usually cost less, but for the most part, come with less support and a shorter warranty. But if the laptop is for your business, it will be safer to stick with a warranty that lasts longer, and covers more areas. It’s also important to note that depending on the issues with the laptop, buying a new one may be less expensive than repairs. You’ll also want to see if the laptop manufacturer sells or provides online or offline storage–an invaluable asset for any business.
There are definitely perks when it comes to buying a new laptop over simply repairing. Nowadays, computers and laptops come with software deals and even hardware deals. Buying a new laptop may mean having one accessible with both Bluetooth and WiFi (depending on how old your laptop is), coming with USB 3.0 ports (a standard for new technology), tonnes more hard-drive space, or faster hard-drives like Solid State Drives.
Essentially, upgrading business laptops should support your business in the long term. In any other way, your finances aren’t being used wisely. If your business doesn’t have one, acquire an IT adviser, or anyone with an up-to-date grasp with technology before finalising any upgrade.