The Big Box Store Dilemma:
Small businesses, when it comes time to purchase hardware, often turn to retail and big box stores to find something to suit their needs. Business owners may even head to Costco or Best Buy and rely on the advice of in-store staff, advice which may or may not be entirely knowledgeable or reliable.
The advice you get from a sales associate at a box store is may not be misinformed, but it is usually not going to result in a business owner getting an appropriate device for their business needs.
In addition to a lack of applicable business knowledge, sales associates are often incentivized to steer you towards a certain model, getting promotions or incentives for selling certain items, or simply needing to move out old inventory or make room in the store.
The Best Operating System?
There are many hardware options and operating system variations out there for a variety of functions and tastes, however, in our professional opinion, Windows 7 Pro is best for most businesses. It’s familiar, uncomplicated, and let’s you run your business efficiently.
We can deliver computers with Windows 7 ready to go. They will work and they work well, allowing you to get on with running your business. Big box stores attach a lot of free trials to their hardware upon sale. Trial software clutters and bogs down these computers, and often people don’t know how to remove it, keep it up to date, and it can become, not only an annoyance, but a liability. Removing this trial software keeps your computer clean and fast. In addition, the cheap software preloaded is not always secure.
A Better Way:
An IT professional may seem like the longer more complicated route than simply walking into a shop and walking out with a computer, but that is not the case. Consulting with an technician saves you time researching computers, they will think of things you haven’t thought of, ask questions that need to be asked, and make sure you end up with a machine that works for you (not against you). IT professionals add unmatched value when compared to retail shops geared to consumers.
Next time to find yourself looking to upgrade or replace hardware, consider consulting with a professional. You will likely have better service and end up with a better product, more in line with your business needs.