Decide Which Desktops Are Best for Your Business
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The Best Business Desktop Computers for Productive Teams
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Business Desktops to Bring Your Ideas to Life
Your employees are ambitious, innovative, and tenacious, and they make meaningful contributions to the business every day.
They deserve technology that gives them the confidence to handle the demands of a digital world and enables them to realize their full potential. They deserve a modern desktop for business—one that offers unrivaled performance, premium and immersive experiences, fast and responsive connectivity, and the ability to collaborate seamlessly.
With the right desktop, you can empower employees to achieve their best work from the office or at home and accomplish their highest aspirations. Finding the modern desktop that meets the needs of business and exceeds employee expectations doesn’t have to be daunting. We’re here to help with curated guidance on what to look for when searching for your next best business desktop.
What Features Matter Most When Choosing a Desktop for Business?
Performance That Drives Positive Business Outcomes
The processor, or central processing unit (CPU), is the brain of the business desktop computer. The more powerful the processor, the faster it can receive instructions, perform calculations, and get projects done. The latest Intel® Core™ processors provide the reliability and power your employees need to succeed whether they are multitasking, videoconferencing, or wrangling a massive spreadsheet.
Memory and Storage That Align with User Work Requirements
A PC’s random access memory (RAM) stores data that its CPU can call up almost instantly. When users turn off the computer, the data is cleared from RAM. Most desktops come with 8 GB of RAM, although it’s possible to buy a 16 GB system or add memory if applications need it.
Storage is your desktop’s data bank, holding your operating system and all your programs and files. Turn off the PC and the data persists. Hard disk drives (HDDs) typically hold more data and cost less, while solid-state drives (SSDs) are much faster and today’s preferred solution for the primary drive. Solid-state drives provide high performance with extreme stability and power efficiency. Some desktop users opt for both—an SSD to run the primary operating system and an HDD for expanded local storage.
There are many storage and memory options, but determining the best combination will be dependent on what users intend to do on their desktop. The better you understand their everyday tasks, the easier it will be to choose the right amount of memory and storage.
Connectivity That Moves Business Forward
Desktops for business come with a variety of ports for connecting to monitors and other peripherals. These may include USB-C, HDMI, and Thunderbolt™ 4 ports. However, Ethernet remains the highest-performing connectivity option for a business desktop.
Ethernet cables aren’t always available when and where you need them. That’s where the new Wi-Fi 6E standard shines. It helps ensure quality wireless connectivity in locations with many connected devices. Intel® Wi-Fi 6E-enabled PCs give users fast wireless speeds, responsive performance, and enhanced security and reliability, especially in environments where more than 30 users are connected to the same Wi-Fi access point.
Business desktops built on the latest Intel vPro® platform integrate Intel® Wi-Fi 6E capabilities into the chipset.
GPUs That Elevate Creativity and Productivity
To create images for your display, a graphics processing unit (GPU) performs complex calculations. GPUs can be integrated (embedded alongside the CPU) or discrete (a distinct chip on a graphics card). Many desktops use a graphics card to provide the performance for high-end visual applications. For example, workstations need top-performing graphics to perform intense calculations and display complex images.
Power That Enhances Performance
The power consumption for a business desktop depends on its components—CPU, video card, storage drives—and how it’s used.
Intel® processors for desktops come in three power tiers—35W, 65W, and 95W and above—enabling a wide variety of form factors. At the lower end of the range are all-in-one (AIO) and small form factor PCs with low power consumption. In the middle are almost all other form factors except workstations. At the high end are top-performing computer towers and workstations. If power consumption is a critical factor for your business, then balance it against the performance you need.
Out-of-the-Box Hardware-Based Security Features
Even though business desktop PCs aren’t mobile like business laptops, they are still at risk for security threats and attacks. This means you should explore desktop options with multilayered hardware-based security technology. With hardware-based security features built in at the silicon level, you can better protect desktops at each computing layer—no matter if your business desktop computers are inside or outside the corporate firewall.
Seek out desktops with security features like system hardening, security patching and threat remediation, and enhanced manageability capabilities. For example, PCs on Intel vPro® for Windows OS include exclusive silicon-based features for evolving threats, such as Intel® Hardware Shield that helps deliver integrated hardware-based PC protections and Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) that enables remote access and management across the organization so your team can execute timely security patching and threat remediation.
A Desktop Type for Every Employee
Today’s desktop PCs come in a variety of sizes and shapes and provide performance that handles the changing demands of business. To select the right business desktop form factor for your employees, begin by getting a good grasp of their needs and preferences and reviewing the different form factors with them.
Computer towers offer the greatest configurability of all desktop form factors, with slots to optimize CPU, RAM, and storage. Tower desktops are often used as shared PCs for employees located in call centers, nurses’ stations, or retail stores.
Small Form Factor PCs
Small form factor PCs pack high performance into tight spaces. Mount them behind digital displays or underneath a conference room table for full-size PC performance. Or use them in the office to create a minimalist, space-saving workspace.
All-in-one (AIO) desktops streamline an entire computer, touchscreen, microphone, speakers, and I/O ports into an elegant system with a sleek profile. AIOs typically support Bluetooth for easy connectivity to peripherals such as a keyboard or headset. Features like voice control and built-in cameras help maximize productivity.
Workstations offer power and performance that can manage resource-intensive applications and heavy graphical or computational workloads, including data analysis, 3D design, video and audio creation, animation, and rendering.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Business desktop PCs are created to meet the complex needs of today’s workers. Whether working from home or the office, some employees require powerful computers with specific technical specs and form factors that enable them to do their job to the best of their ability. For example, if an employee does data analysis or 3D design, they will need the most powerful type of business PC—a workstation—that’s packed with performance. Some business desktops can be configured to be shared by multiple employees in the workplace, such as a tower PC at a nurses’ station. Typically, home PCs don’t need to meet as many technical requirements for performance, storage, or graphics.
The best processor for office work wholly depends upon what type of work is being performed on the PC. From everyday tasks to creative production to multitasking, today’s processors are purpose-built to deliver the performance that’s needed for the task at hand.