Whether your business is growing or needs a device upgrade, you may feel overwhelmed by the choices in today’s marketplace. Because many businesses are budget-conscious, you might think you’re saving money by opting for the least expensive devices on the market – designed for the general consumer – and/or by waiting to upgrade as long as possible.
Here's why both those approaches could end up costing more. Time is money.
Most people agree that the longer it takes to accomplish something, the more expensive it is for your business. For this reason, newer devices designed for business can save you and your employees time, especially when completing complex tasks or using several applications at once.
.It's estimated the average employee loses about 40 minutes of productivity a day due to outdated technology, which further results in a $3,930 annual lost for employers .
It's estimated the average employee loses about 40 minutes of productivity a day due to outdated technology, which further results in a $3,930 annual lost for employers. Businesses need a newer device with the ability to use several open applications simultaneously, hour after hour, every day. Depending on your business, you and your employees may need to handle complex tasks, from graphics and video editing to data-heavy spreadsheets and advanced analytics.
For the power and speed to manage complicated tasks, devices built for business will work more efficiently, because they often have more random access memory and more powerful processors. Business devices offering a range of powerful CPUs plus capacity for more RAM are better equipped to handle a wide range of business tasks than consumer models.
Cybersecurity is essential
Now more than ever, it’s crucial to keep your data secure, especially sensitive customer information that they rely on you to safeguard. To keep data secure, businesses need the latest security features designed specifically for business purposes. Today’s business-class devices often come with built-in security features, such as fingerprint readers and automatic sandboxing.
Versatility is key
While consumer devices may offer cost savings, business devices are far more varied and adaptable. There are many more configurations and forms within each model line to choose from, so you can select what works best for your business needs, employees and space limitations.
You might need mini devices that can hide behind your monitor. For mobility and ease of use, your business might prefer traditional laptops, or a 2-in-1 option that combines qualities of a laptop and a tablet.
Business devices are more reliable
From the materials they're made from to how they're built, business devices are designed and tested to handle sustained operation and constant use. Modern devices are designed to be reliable for business uses, and will likely last longer and handle more consistent usage than the average consumer market device. Because devices built for business are durable, they also typically offer longer warranties than their consumer counterparts, along with prioritised service.
Business devices are designed and tested to handle sustained operation and constant use.
While your initial outlay may be more for business devices, it's likely that their better reliability and higher performance could result in a greater return on investment over their lifetime than a device designed for the general consumer.