That Old Computer Is Costing You More Than You Think

Yesterday’s technology can hurt tomorrow’s profits.

Small business owners are remarkably inventive and imaginative when it comes to doing more with less. But there are times when ingenuity can bring unexpected costs, when that nifty hack is really a hack against your own bottom line. Making do with outdated computers is an excellent illustration of how small business owners can pay a price for being too frugal.

Just ask A.V. Sindhar, who runs a consulting firm in Silicon Valley. His computer is the command center for his entire business—an essential tool for everything from creating slides for new business pitches to making invoices and bookkeeping. Sindhar discovered early on that keeping critical technology current was key to building a successful business.

“I wanted to keep my launch costs down, so I tried to get by with a four-year-old laptop,” recalled Sindhar. “That was a mistake.”

After a couple of weeks of suffering slow boot times in front of potential clients and precious hours squandered trying to get his machine to run properly, Sindhar invested in a new computer. “I realized I was actually wasting money trying to save money. ‘Time is money’ is a cliche, but it’s true—it’s especially true in the early days of a business,” Sindhar said.

Sindhar might be shocked to discover just how costly an outdated PC can be. It’s estimated that a four-year-old computer requires more than 45 minutes a week in extra maintenance. That works out to one week a year wasted on frustrating tasks like restarting the machine, reloading software, and waiting for IT consultants to call you back. Measured in money, every five-year-old computer costs $12,495 thanks to lost productivity and missed business opportunities.1

There are other costs to keeping old computers in service. The digital age has also ushered in a fierce competition for talent. The best employees—the ones who can make a difference between success and failure for a small business—don’t want to work on older computers. It’s not only millennials who expect current technology to do their jobs; the talent a small business owner needs to win requires computers that are high performing, mobile, simple to use, and durable.

I wanted to keep my launch costs down, so I tried to get by with a four-year-old laptop. That was a mistake.”

—A.V. Sindhar, small business owner

Better for business

New computers running 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors gain up to 40 percent faster performance over computers running 7th Generation processors.2 This power can be found in a new generation of laptops and 2 in 1s that offer mobility without compromising performance. You and your employees can work fast and smart.

Add Intel® Optane™ memory and you have a superior tool for business applications. Everyday tasks are more than two times faster with Intel® Optane™ memory, a smart, adaptable system accelerator. By remembering the programs you use most frequently, Intel® Optane™ memory lets you open large media files up to 2.9x faster.3

New computers with Thunderbolt™ 3 ports can enjoy transfer times that are eight times faster than with traditional USB ports.4 “Delivering the most advanced, efficient, and versatile input/output solution available, Thunderbolt™ 3 port helps business users get the most out of the latest thin and light notebooks and 2 in 1s5,” said Jason Ziller, general manager of Intel’s Client Connectivity Division. With new computers, small business owners can apply their creativity and resourcefulness to what matters most: Getting great ideas to market before the competition and delighting customers with the best products and services.

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Product and Performance Information

1Study of 1,020 small businesses in five countries by Jack Gold 2018
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Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit www.intel.in/benchmarks.

Benchmark (or estimated) results were obtained prior to implementation of recent software patches and firmware updates intended to address exploits referred to as “Spectre” and “Meltdown”. Implementation of these updates may make these results inapplicable to your device or system.

As measured by SYSmark* 2014 SE (Second Edition) on Intel Reference Platform: Intel® Core™ i7-8550U processor, PL1=15W TDP, 4C8T, turbo up to 4.0GHz, memory: 8GB DDR4-2400, storage: Intel® 600p SSD, Intel® UHD Graphics 620, OS: Windows* 10 versus Intel® Core™ i7-7500U processor, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, turbo up to 3.5GHz, memory: 8GB DDR4-2133, storage: Intel® 600p SSD, Intel® HD Graphics 620, OS: Windows* 10.

 

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The benchmark results reported above may need to be revised as additional testing is conducted. The results depend on the specific platform configurations and workloads utilized in the testing, and may not be applicable to any particular user’s components, computer system, or workloads. The results are not necessarily representative of other benchmarks and other benchmark results may show greater or lesser impact from mitigations.

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit http://www.intel.in/benchmarks.

As measured by Media Project Load comparing 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5+ 8400 (16GB Intel® Optane™ memory module) vs. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8400 (HDD only).

 

 

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Intel® technologies' features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No product or component can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at https://www.intel.in.

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Intel, the Intel logo, Thunderbolt™ brand, Intel® Core™ processor, and Intel® Optane™ memory are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.