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If you’re shopping for a computer (be sure to follow our computer shopping tips), you may have seen the term “Solid-State-Drive” or “SSD” on the computer’s specification sheet. What is a SSD and why should you get one in your computer instead of a hard-disk-drive (HDD) for your data storage needs?
Look around your office: How much of the equipment around you should really be replaced? It’s old, it’s breaking down, it’s slow, it’s causing downtime – there could be a myriad of reasons why it needs to be replaced. But then reality sets in: “Does it all need to be replaced and how am I going to pay for it?”
We announced a couple months ago that Microsoft is going to require computer manufacturers to bundle only Windows 10 with computers after September, making Windows 7 all but unavailable. Dell has recently announced that they’re going to extend a downgrade option to Windows 7 or 8.1 Professional edition for another year, but are going to charge an additional fee for it (likely via a Microsoft volume license agreement of some sort). They also have firmed up the date: They’ll kick this in after October 31, 2016.
We are not sure how much the additional fee will be, but we’d recommend that if you’re shopping for a business computer and need Windows 7, you do so now to avoid the headache. And be sure to follow the tips in our article: Things to Consider When Buying a Computer for your Business.
The surge protector: One of the most underappreciated yet most important things you use with your computer. Think about it: When was the last time you replaced it? You’ve changed your computer and various other things, you’ve moved offices, but have you ever changed your surge protection? Now is a good time to take a peek at what you have everything plugged into, as your surge protector might have been recalled as a fire hazard.
Shopping for a new computer can be a confusing process. We’ve worked with businesses long enough (over 20 years!) to know there is no one-size-fits all computer option that will work for all business uses. We are a certified reseller of many of the popular brands (Dell, HP, Lenovo, to name a few) and will happily work with you to quote out a computer to fit your needs for you and your business (just email to get the conversation moving). If you’re shopping or considering a new computer at all for your business, there are several things you need to consider.