Cheap & Easy
Bringing technology to your business doesn't have to break the bank.
Sure, the PC may be the technological anchor of your business,but that doesn't mean it has to weigh down your start-up.Picking out a desktop for yourself can be confusing enough, butwhen it comes to outfitting your entire office, the optionsmultiply like rabbits in the spring. Fortunately, you're inluck: With PC manufacturers overstocked and PC sales slow, now is agreat time to stock your employees' desks without busting yourbudget. Following is a quick primer on the basics of picking outthe right PC, from the name on the box to the amount of RAMinside.
- Name Brands: Purchasing computers somewhat parallelsbuying groceries: You can buy either the Nabisco Shredded Wheat for$2.99 or the Super-DuperValue Wheat Squares for $1.99. You prettymuch know what you're going to get with a name-brand PC; youdon't have to think too hard about it. But if you decide to gothe route of buying a built-to-order from the local computer shop,you'll likely save money.
If you're technically inclined and know how to ask for it,you can get a very specifically configured computer with exactlythe components you want. If that's not a big deal, you mightfeel more comfortable paying a little more and opting for the namebrand. As a rule of thumb, however, generic computers are ascompatible and reliable as name brands, but always check out thewarranty terms and customer service reputation of whomever youdecide to deal with.
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