How a Desktop Upgrade Can Ignite Your Small Business


When it comes to desktop PCs, most of us live by the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” rule. Especially with recent advancements in laptops, tablets, and 2 in 1 devices, the desktop computer is a workhorse that often takes a backseat when it comes to upgrades. Most small businesses still rely on desktops as their main tool to get the job done, so it’s time to stop and think about what your business could gain from putting those old workhorses out to pasture and getting faster, stronger new desktops.

New Desktop PCs Make Your Business More Productive

reduce-employee-downtime.pngMaybe you spend 10 minutes a day waiting for your 5-year-old PC to catch up to you. It may not seem like much, but it adds up. A modern All-in-One PC runs 2.8 times faster, which means you can get more than 6 of those minutes back every day — or  approximately 2.5 workdays every year — by getting a new PC. Plus, new machines perform faster and can handle more work — today’s Intel Core processor-based desktops can run eight applications simultaneously without losing performance versus just five on an older PC.

Outdated PCs Pose Serious Security Risks for Your Business

In the era of high-profile data breaches, business leaders worry their security could be compromised. Small businesses may be especially vulnerable because they often lack dedicated IT security experts that can keep them up to date on the latest risks and protection strategies. If you’re using software-based security alone, you need to know that a recent study of security professionals showed that most large businesses don’t trust software-based security to protect their data. In fact, more than half of respondents admitted to not knowing where all keys and certificates were located or how they were being used. The fact is, Intel hardware-enabled security is essential to protecting your business from modern-day attacks and breaches, and PCs that are more than 4 years old simply don’t have it.

Energy Efficiency: Your Old PCs are Power Hogs

Whenever you weigh the cost of new technology for your small business, you consider more than just the sticker price. Energy use has a big financial impact, and often the power used by an always-on, idle desktop is a hidden expense you may not even realize. In a recent study, we discovered that a 5-year-old desktop PC consumes more energy when idle than modern desktop systems use under load.  For low-profile, super-efficient  mini PCs, these savings are big: The modern mini consumes 60% fewer watts when idle and 59% fewer watts under load than a desktop that’s just 5 years old. Using the same test scenario, the sleek All-in-One PC consumed 55% fewer watts at idle and 53% fewer watts at load. Run the numbers on your energy bill. How much would your business save over the course of a year or two without your legacy PCs using all that power?

A clunky, slow desktop PC may seem like a minor annoyance for your employees, but those outdated machines are much more than a cosmetic problem. Send those old workhorses out to pasture — it may be time to bring in new PCs.

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