You’ve decided to buy a new computer and whether it’s for your home or your business, you can almost taste the excitement as you think about those sleek new machines and how much faster things will be. There’s just one thing left to do: actually choose which one. That’s where it gets tricky.
Most people pop out to their local superstore and look at the display models, then get overwhelmed when the salesperson starts throwing jargon words like “CPU” and “RAM” around. Unfortunately, that scenario can end up with you (or your business) having the wrong computer.
Here’s why, and what you can do instead.
Most retail salespeople are minimally trained:
Unsurprisingly, salespeople are trained to sell! They may (or may not) have an interest in computers and they’re certainly great at reading the marketing to you, but primarily most are there to shift boxes. Their goal is to make the sale, earn the commission and go home happy. You getting the computer you (or your business) needs and that 100% suits your purpose, isn’t necessarily so high on their priority list.
They’re also not equipped to understand the way you or your business works, nor do they have the time to find out. You’re also more likely to be upsold extras you don’t need but will rapidly drain your budget.
Compatibility can be a problem:
While you probably know having both Mac and PC together can lead to compatibility issues, did you know even switching brands within your PC network can sometimes cause issues? Salespeople don’t know what your current setup is at your home or business but they may still make recommendations based on assumptions and hopeful guesswork. Even the number and types of ports available on retail computers may cause a problem once you’re setting up.
The last thing you want to do is end up with a collection of wobbly adapter plugs as you attempt to course-correct and make-do if something presents a problem. Any time you (or your employees) create workarounds, efficiency is guaranteed to take a dramatic hit.
It’s best to skip the drama and get the right computer first time around.
Buying through an IT provider instead need not be more expensive:
A good IT provider will go to your home or office and make sure that the equipment you get is the right one for you and your needs. This means that not only will potential issues be minimized (such as printers or other devices no longer working with a newer computer) but it also ensures that you are not paying for computer equipment that you do not need. After all it’s nice to have the latest ‘super-speedy go-faster super PC’, but why spend the extra money if you will never ever use half of its power?
For example, as we are not commission driven, we make the effort to find out what you need and give a no-obligation quote based on the best price available from distributors. Prices can literally go down overnight, which is why we can keep prices down as we do not keep stock which may have been bought at a higher cost.
An IT provider will also be able to set the new computers up, ready to go with the exact software you need. They can strip out all the bloatware (unnecessary programs and trial software that come pre-installed) and configure your new computers to work correctly from day 1.
You (and if a business, your employees) will be able to enjoy their new systems and take full advantage of the productivity boosts you paid for. That means internet working, internal network connected, programs playing nice with each other, and yes, even printing without problems!
If you would like help with your next purchase – give us a call on 01455 209505.