Change Your Desktops, Change Your Business. Part 4: Leverage the Newest Technology

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Do you have a smartphone? These days, chances are pretty good that you do. So, that means using touch has probably become pretty normal for you: It’s natural, easy, and fast. Well, it’s probably no surprise that businesses are increasingly seeing the upside of bringing those same benefits to their business desktop PCs.

It’s really all about being able to work in the way that makes the most sense for you. With touchscreen displays, people can closely interact with web pages, images, videos, PDFs—all kinds of content. But then they can switch to the keyboard and mouse for typing and other tasks best suited to that interface. I think that makes a lot of sense.

The study we’ve been addressing during this series on desktops found that a touch-enabled display added about $186 to the starting price of an All-in-One PC.1 Is it worth it? Here’s a good way to look at it: If that touchscreen can lead to even one minute of additional productivity, which doesn’t seem like a stretch, it could pay for itself in under 20 months.2,3 For even more examples of how the power of touch has revolutionized desktop computing, check out the infographic here.

But touch is just one of the many innovations available to businesses today. Many companies, for example, are replacing their work PCs so that they can take advantage of the latest USB technology. The difference comes down to speed. The USB 3.0 ports in the latest All-in-One PCs and Mini Desktops offer transfer rates up to 10X faster than the USB 2.0 ports in your aging legacy desktop towers.

Then there’s DisplayPort, which is available on All-in-One PCs and Mini Desktops. Tests confirmed that it can support higher performance and lower power monitor displays than legacy systems. Plus, the DisplayPort, or HDMI (also available on the new desktop PCs), can enable you to add a second display.

New wireless technology is also available with the new All-in-One PCs and Mini Desktops in the form of Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 cards. But they’re not available in those older desktop towers. That means more flexibility for your employees because you don’t have to worry about including an Ethernet port and cable for each desktop.

And lastly, all of that technological brilliance now comes in a significantly smaller package. To be more specific, the study found that today’s All-in-One PCs and Mini Desktops save you 59 and 60 percent, respectively, in workspace inches compared to legacy desktops.

The moral of the story, and the point of this desktop blog series, is that moving from your aging desktop fleet to newer All-in-One PCs and Mini Desktops can make a real difference for your business. From improved performance and lower energy costs, to greater IT effectiveness and access to the newest technology. So you have to ask: How could the changing my desktops change my business? Join the conversation using #IntelDesktop.

This is the fourth and final installment of the “Change Your Desktops, Change Your Business” series in the Desktop World Tech Innovation Series. To view the other posts in the series, click here: Desktop World Series.

1. The starting price ($1,598) + three-year ProSupport Service brought the price to $1,677.57 for non-touch-enabled display with Intel Core i5 process and 8 GB memory for the All-in-One PC. The starting price (including three-year ProSupport Service) for the All-in-One PC with the same processor and memory and touch-enabled display was $1,863.29 via http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/optiplex-9030-aio/fs?pf=v on 12/19/2014

2. A minute a day value at $9.72 ($350/36), per month could provide payback for a $186 cost in 19.1 months.

3. Note: We tested the All-in-One PC installed with Windows 7 so that system configuration matched closely to the legacy desktop tower. The All-in-One PC and Mini Desktop are available with either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

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Chad Constant

About Chad Constant

Over his 17 years with Intel, Chad has served in a number of roles in sales, marketing, strategy and operations across clients, servers and mobile devices. His current role is director of marketing for business clients with a focus on all efforts related to Intel’s business strategy including platform feature requirements, messaging and user experience.