At NextPoint IT, we talk a lot here about upgrading your small business’s computers and technology to maintain employee efficiency. Remember…Employees X Technology = Productivity. Technology amplifies your employees’ abilities, and if they’re using outdated and slow computers, you’re going to get a lot less ROI than if you invested in upgrading their computers. You need to be upgrading all computers every 3-5 years.
With that said, here’s a few cheap tricks to improve computer performance without breaking the bank. Because let’s be honest, those business class laptops and desktops can be a hefty investment.
Purchase additional RAM
RAM is like your short-term memory, and a hard drive is like your long-term memory. The more RAM you have, the quicker you’ll be able to think, and the more RAM your computer has the faster it runs. Most computers make it easy to add more RAM, and it’s inexpensive at about $30-50. Here’s a quick and easy read if you’re interested in a little deeper understanding of RAM.
Upgrade your hard drive to an SSD
We can’t sing the praises of Solid State Drives (SSD) enough. We’ve seen 3-year old systems given a second life by simply upgrading them from a Hard Drive (HDD) to an SSD. SSDs are way faster than HDDs, and programs that froze every few minutes run without a problem on SSDs. You can get a 250 GB SSD for around $30-70 these days.
Upgrade your system to a Dell Micro desktop
One of the largely unheralded benefits of moving to the cloud is that you don’t need to purchase computers with all the bells and whistles. A lot of the processing that used to be done on your computer is now being done by a server hundreds of miles away in the cloud. Dell recognized this fact and has a whole line of inexpensive Micro Optiplex desktops. These systems focus on providing the necessities to operate cloud-based tools, and they do so at the low price of $300. We don’t recommend using these systems if you’re still running a lot of local software, but they’re great solutions for businesses who mostly rely upon the cloud.
And if you need a partner to assist upgrading your you systems or a quote, NextPoint IT has experience in all these areas. Feel free to reach out to us especially if you’re in the Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, or Westfield, Indiana area!
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