If you read our blog post a few weeks ago, you’ll be able to recognize the signs that you need to purchase a new computer (or several). A new computer is a pretty large commitment, as you’ll expect it to last for approximately the next five years, and provide you with all the functionality you need during that time. Before you hand over the cash for a new machine, make sure you’ve followed these three steps:
Understand your needs
Purchasing a computer that doesn’t do what you need it to is about as useful as buying a cheeseburger for a vegan, and significantly more expensive. The product you ultimately end up purchasing will depend on the kind of workplace you have, as well as the requirements of the employee(s) who will be using it. At minimum, you should consider the following:
Understand how the new computer will fit into your existing infrastructure
If your entire company works in a PC environment, introducing a Mac can be a risky move. Not all applications are available on both operating systems, and unexpected issues can arise from conflicts between the two. This same warning should be heeded for introducing a PC into a Mac environment.
It’s also important to ensure the computer’s hardware meets your requirements; some newer, lighter laptops don’t include Ethernet ports, but these are absolutely essential if your office doesn’t have a corporate wireless network. You may also need additional ports for dual monitor setup, or extra storage space or processing power depending on what kind of functions the computer will be used to perform.
Talk to your MSP!
Your MSP is better equipped than anyone else to advise you on your options. They will know which computers can best support your requirements, and have an in-depth knowledge of your network that enables them to inform you which systems will best integrate into your existing infrastructure.
Even if you have a good idea of the computer you need, it’s best to run it by your MSP first. They’ll may be able to offer you an alternative option, or even get you a better deal on the purchase than if you bought the computer through retail—and if you’re about to buy a computer that won’t work for you, you can be sure that they’ll let you know.