Whether you’re leasing computers or purchasing IT assets, it helps to understand product lingo when deciding.
Here are some terms provided by the non-profit technology organization TechSoup to help you make your decision:
1. CPU (Central Processing Unit, or just processor)
What it does – Essentially it’s your computer’s brain, which processes information. The faster the processor, the faster the computer.
What you need to consider – How well the processor will perform. This is based mostly on the number of cores (single, dual, etc.) and the processor speed (also known as “clock speed”), which is measured in gigahertz (GHz).
Minimum standard – Dual core processor with a clock speed of 2.6 GHz.
While most businesses need computers to handle their day-to-day operations, not every business needs brand-new state-of-the-art computers.
As TechSoup points out, a used or refurbished computer will likely be fine for tasks like word processing, e-mailing and web browsing.
“Used and refurbished computers are usually much less expensive than new computers,” the non-profit writes. “They’re also a greener option, since you’re extending the life of an old computer, rather than buying a new one.”
When you’re taking steps to acquire new IT assets, you might be faced with a choice: Do I buy or do I lease?
There are a number of advantages to leasing, chief among them the chance to avoid making major one-time capital outlays. There are also a number of considerations to make before you lease.
Writing on the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) website, Jenny Schuchert lists some steps to take when leasing IT hardware.
There are a number of advantages to planning out how you’ll manage your company’s IT assets. Having a plan allows you to save money, boost productivity and have better access to information.
Here are five tips you can follow, courtesy of Network World, to manage your IT assets successfully:
The refurbished computer market can be an excellent choice if properly researched, and purchased from a high-quality company with a great track record. Here are five good reasons to consider going refurbished with your next IT equipment purchase:
1. You’re on a Budget
Of course! This is the big one. It’s estimated that you can save an average of 25% to 50% off the retail price when you go with refurbished computers. The savings can really add up, especially with larger purchases.
2. You Don’t Need the Latest and Greatest in Computers
Many businesses and applications don’t require the latest, cutting-edge technology or performance. If you don’t require graphics intensive uses, for instance, there is no need to be spending the money on the latest hardware when that is not where your business needs lie.
3. Refurbished Computers are Environmentally Responsible
Reusing is even better than recycling. There’s no need to dismantle a perfectly good computer that still has years of productive life remaining. It’s a good thing to do from both an economic and an environmental standpoint.
The decision to buy a used computer, or a set of them for your business, is a balancing act between value and performance. Properly vetted, a good used computer can save you substantial money and provide you with an appreciable life span of highly productive use. To really make it worth your while and investment, however, there are a few questions you should ask before making the leap.
The decision to buy used computers can be a very sound, responsible investment for your IT needs if executed properly.
Depending on your company’s needs, well-maintained, used computers can fulfill your requirements quite well and at a fraction of the cost. But where you purchase your used computers and IT equipment can be the most important decision in the process.
Here are a few things to discover when you’re choosing the best place for you:
So, you’ve got a pile of used PC computers to contend with? Or maybe you’re planning a big company-wide upgrade that will leave you with computers to spare?
Before you think about disposing of or recycling those old computers, consider the value of remarketing. With remarketing, you can maximize the value of your used PC computers and put cash back into your pocket.