From cheap to custom, find a computer for you

It has become virtually impossible to run any business without the help of a computer—or an office full of them. Business computers can closely resemble home computers, but their specific capabilities will differ: while you may only use your home computer for the Internet, your business tasks will often demand more computing power. Use these tips to help you comb through the many computer options available to you.

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Types of Business Computers

Different businesses will have different business needs, so don't succumb to the salesman's pitch without assessing your specific requirements. For word-processing and surfing online, you can get by with a basic PC or Mac; if the nature of your business involves graphical work or accounting, you may want to opt for mid-range office computers. The bells and whistles of a top-of-the-line machine will likely only come in handy for computer-oriented businesses, and few of them at that.

Another decision will involve the physical structure of the computer, which will also depend on the nature of your business. If your workspaces are relatively spacious, and the work will be left at the office, desktop computers will be your best option. On the other hand, laptop computers carry the benefit of portability; if ever you have to work from home or on the road, you can access all the business information you need.

If your business performs very specific design, gaming or coding tasks, you may need to customize your computer. Custom computers can be quite expensive, but they do tend to have a longer lifespan than a typical PC; many elements of generic computers will be difficult to upgrade as these components become obsolete, but the parts of a custom-built machine will be easier to upgrade.

Cheap Computers for Your Office

Cheap computers need not be cheap in quality—a refurbished computer offers you all of the features of a brand new computer, but for less money. The term "refurbished" means that the computer has been returned to the retailer, who has then returned it to the manufacturer. After a series of tests and inspections, and any necessary repairs, these computers are sold through a computer liquidation company. Many of these computers are not returned due to any problem, but rather at the end of a lease term: in this case, you can cash in on a great deal and outfit your office with quality equipment.