Business-class devices on the Intel vPro® Essentials platform can offer confidence over consumer devices and built-in hardware security can help protect your data and your ideas more than software alone. These choices will help you meet today’s challenges and capture tomorrow’s opportunities.
If your small business is in the market for a new PC, you can save time and effort by focusing your research on devices with the functionality that can help power your business today and can help you meet future challenges. Many PC makers cater to consumers and businesses alike, but the two groups have very different needs. Consumers might be happy with a lower-powered, inexpensive laptop to go online, stream videos, and pay bills. Business users, on the other hand, need purpose-built devices with reliability, enhanced security, and enough power and memory to multitask their way through a busy day.
Built-In Security to Secure Your Data
Choose small business devices with out-of-the-box security that provides greater protection than software alone. Help protect employees’ devices at home, in the office, or on the go with hardware and software working together.
Power and Speed to Work in Concert
Many consumers may not be concerned about processor speed as their home PCs are used for lightweight tasks. In business, however, time is money, and you need computers with processors that can handle everything your employees need for work. One study commissioned by Intel found that small business owners estimate older, slower computers (those that are more than five years old) can make employees 29% less productive.3
If you use your PC for routine office tasks such as email, presentations, and reports, you don’t want to wait while opening or switching apps to get your work done. When you choose state-of-the-art technology, such as business-class devices with the latest Intel® Core™ processors, you enable employees to work in concert seamlessly with the widest software choices combined with state-of-the-art device interoperability and compatibility.
And if you or your employees perform complex tasks such as video editing, advanced analytics, producing data-heavy spreadsheets, or designing graphics, you’ll likely require a lot of Random Access Memory (RAM) and a ultra powerful processor, such as the latest Intel® Core™ i7 or i9 processor, in order to work more efficiently. PCs that offer a range of powerful CPUs, as well as the capacity for more RAM, can usually handle business tasks better than lower-end models can.
Keeping sensitive data safe is important to everyone, but that’s true even more so for businesses that retain customer information or credit card data. Business-class laptops often come with hardware security features such as fingerprint readers, while many PCs built for business ship with Windows* 10 Pro, which offers both BitLocker encryption to help secure data on lost or stolen devices, and Windows* Information Protection (WIP), which helps protect PCs against potential data leaks.
Versatility for Today and Tomorrow
As a business owner or office manager of a small business, you know you need the right tool for the job that lets you pivot and scale better and faster to capture more opportunities. Small business computers are available in multiple form factors, including desktops, all-in-one PCs, workstations, laptops, or small and mini-form factors.
You can choose a full-size desktop with easy access to add or swap out components such as more memory or storage, an upgraded graphics card, or additional ports. Or if space is an issue, you can select a mini PCs like the Intel® NUC, which boasts the power of a full-size desktop in a form factor that can hide behind your monitor. Or, delight your employees with All-in-One PCs that combine the computer and monitor into a single device. This streamlined device can be perfect for today’s video conferencing and collaboration needs.
However, if you need mobility, you can choose a traditional laptop or a 2-in-1 that combines the qualities of a laptop and a tablet in a convenient business-class form factor. You’ll want to consider all the factors when choosing the best laptop for your small business.
Lastly, if you or your employees perform complex tasks such as video editing and rendering, advanced analytics, producing data-heavy spreadsheet calculations, Intel-based workstations may be the best device to handle your more demanding workloads as they can offer a powerful, reliable, manageable, and future-ready platform for compute-intensive work.
Computers aimed at the business market are built to endure constant use. For example, all Intel® NUC business kits and mini PCs are designed and tested for sustained operation with 24x7 usage.4 Business laptops also often have more durable chassis than consumer models. And many business PCs are offered with prioritized service and longer warranties than their consumer counterparts.
Shopping for a business PC can be a complex process, but PC makers have made it easier by offering devices that have been designed and built specifically to handle the needs of your small business. Boost your employees’ productivity and achieve your greatest business ambitions by choosing business-class PCs on the Intel vPro® Essentials platform with the built-in security, power and speed, versatility, and improved reliability your business needs.