What to Look for When Purchasing Workstations

What to Look for When Purchasing Workstations

The technology your business uses is extremely important. One of the most important pieces of technology that you will routinely get is the workstation. Since it is the hub of productivity, there are certain variables that you need to consider when purchasing new workstations. This month, we will go through this process.

Buying workstations isn’t like buying a new computer for yourself. First of all, it doesn’t have the same amount of joy attached, unless you get a really good deal on bulk machines. It still can be a good time, however. Let’s take a look at some of the basic considerations that you need to weigh when buying workstations for your company.

  1. What are the computers for?
  2. Will you need special components?
  3. What types of software will you be running on the machines?
  4. What is your budget?

A workstation can mean about anything. The same way there are dozens of different kinds of shovels, there are dozens of different setups you can get on a workstation. The computers you purchase have to be able to do the work that you need them to do. Otherwise, you are wasting money.

Speaking of money, you need to go in with a budget. Sure, you’d like to get the computers all specced out, but it most certainly won’t be cost effective. Cheaper isn’t always better either. Know what you need the computer for before you buy it. 

Other Workstation Tips

When looking to purchase workstations, you will also want to take these variables into consideration:  

  • Always get the same OS - To make it easier to maintain, you will want all your workstations to run the same operating system. Today, there are Windows, macOS, and Chrome that come equipped on most machines, with the predominant computers running Microsoft Windows 10. 
  • Get the most powerful processor you can afford - This consideration is actually tougher than you may think, considering that there are so many processor types to choose from. The faster the processor, the faster the computer.
  • Get enough RAM - Make sure that your computer has enough memory. Depending on what the user needs to do, you may need additional RAM to handle the workload. Typical office users might be fine with 8 gigabytes of RAM, but a user working in image editing or video editing would need a lot more.

There are a lot of considerations to make when looking to onboard new hires or complete an IT refresh. Luckily the IT professionals at XFER can help you make the right IT procurement decisions for your needs and budget. If you would like some help making the right hardware choices for your business, call us today at 734-927-6666 / 800-438-9337.

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