Why Your Small Business Needs PCs Built for Business

PC makers understand the needs of small businesses offer a range of purpose-built PCs, specifically designed for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s growth.1 2

Highlights:

  • Consumer and business PC users are not all alike. Choose a business-class device for built-in hardware security.

  • Power and Speed - time is money, and you need computers with processors that can handle everything your employees need to work in concert, seamlessly.

  • Business class devices offer enhanced security to protect your data and ideas when employees work in the office or on the go.

  • Small business computers in multiple form factors offer the versatility you need to grow your business.

  • Small business PCs can offer improved reliability to endure constant use with prioritized service and warranty options.

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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. Here’s why you should buy a PC that can handle the demands of your small business.

Built-In Security to Secure Your Data

Choose a small business laptop that helps you better secure your data with the most comprehensive protection you can have with hardware and software working closely together to enhance your defense against security threats when employees work from home, office, or on the go.

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.

Enhanced Security

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.

Improved Reliability

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.

Product and Performance Information

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All versions of the Intel vPro® platform require an eligible Intel® Core™ processor, a supported operating system, Intel LAN and/or WLAN silicon, firmware enhancements, and other hardware and software necessary to deliver the manageability use cases, security features, system performance and stability that define the platform. See intel.com/performance-vpro for details.

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Performance varies by use, configuration and other factors. Learn more at www.Intel.com/PerformanceIndex. No product or component can be absolutely secure. Your costs and results may vary. Intel technologies may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Intel does not control or audit third-party data. You should consult other sources to evaluate accuracy. © Intel Corporation. Intel, the Intel logo, and other Intel marks are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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"Small business owners estimate older, slower computers (those that are more than five years old) can make employees 29% less productive" is based on a 2018 web-based survey, commissioned by Intel and conducted by J. Gold Associates, LLC., of 3,297 respondents from small businesses in 16 countries (Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA) to assess the challenges and costs associated with deploying older PCs. To review this statistic and the full report, visit https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/business/small-business/sme-pc-study.html.

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Sustained Operation is defined as 24x7 operation for five years with 50% system utilization on average, with an expected service rate of 1% per year during this period. Intel® technologies' features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No product or component can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at intel.com. Intel provides a limited warranty for its NUC products and disclaims all other express and implied warranties, including without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement, as well as any warranty arising from course of performance, course of dealing, or usage in trade.