Laptops, Desktops, Tablets, and More
Updated: Jan 24
Whether it’s processing data, closing sales, or editing videos, computers are drivers of modern business, enabling owners to solve problems and overcome challenges and cementing their role in modern society. From powerful desktop computers to portable laptops, even in your pocket and on your wrist, there’s a computer in every size for every situation. Technology offers great opportunities to businesses who are able to properly utilize its power, though figuring out how to meet your unique computing needs can be a bit tricky for a tech novice and buying the wrong hardware can lead to headaches and expenses down the road.
Do you need a desktop, or would a laptop better suit your needs? A phone or tablet? The types of computers not only differ in their uses, but they have also varied processing power and mobility, too. Fortunately, we’ve collected some of our expert knowledge on the subject to help you quell any confusion, understand the different types of computers, and choose the type that will best serve you!
Desktops are stationary computers that are set up and used in a single location. They were the first computers to hit the market and can be found throughout modern homes and offices alike. Being the most customizable, there’s no better option than a desktop when looking for power and modularity. On the outside, desktops are adorned by their peripherals. Monitors, keyboards, and mice are some of the most common accessories found connected to these machines and enable the user to tailor the look and feel of their device to their personal preferences and requirements. Desktop keyboards are often ‘full sized,’ meaning they feature number pads and additional keys that may not be found on smaller devices. Generally, more connections can be made to a desktop. Internally, the large real estate found inside a desktop’s case offers plenty of space for more powerful processing components such as the CPU, GPU, and RAM. These components can be upgraded over time to meet your expanding needs, and additional storage is easy to add to a desktop.
Desktops are used in a plethora of ways. Offering power and mobility, desktops serve an important role in business, though may lack the mobility you need. One common business application of desktop computers is in retail stores, found both in the manager’s office and on the floor running the cash registers. In a more traditional office environment such as in finance and banking, the strength and reliability of desktops is utilized. By connecting additional peripherals, such as a cash register, a desktop can be transformed into a special purpose machine that fills a key role at your company. Desktops can be made into highly efficient workstations by connecting additional monitors, increasing worker productivity by offering more visible information at a time. In fields that require reliable and consistent processing power, happens in a set location, and the ability to adapt the machine to changing needs over time, desktops may offer the perfect solution!
Effectively shrunken down computers with a folding screen attached, laptops are very similar to desktops, though offer increased mobility. Laptops are perfect for work done ‘on the move’ and for those who set up shop in different locations. Laptops are easily moved from the office to the car, home, business meetings, and anywhere else you may find yourself, meaning you can bring your work with you wherever you go. Most laptops have a smaller keyboard that a desktop would come with, often omitting a number pad to save space. Laptops are not (as easily) upgraded or changed as desktops, meaning that one should be sure of their processing requirements before purchasing and be sure to acquire a machine that will serve their developing needs in the future. When parts go out in a laptop, such as the screen, the entire machine often needs to be replaced, whereas on a desktop, single parts can be swapped out.
Laptops find the balance between mobility and processing power, serving as mobile workstations and allowing you to take your work ‘to go.’ When deciding whether or not laptops are the type of computer for your company, consider where the work is done and how often it must be moved. For those in the field, laptops are fantastic tools that allow you to turn wherever you are into a functional workspace. As seen in the trend towards working from home, employers find that laptops are an effective solution for equipping their staff with computers to use out of the office. If travel is on the schedule, laptops make great companions, ready by your side wherever you need it. While less customizable and often less powerful than desktops, laptops offer the ability to get the job done wherever you need to do it!
Tablets and Smart Phones
The third type of computer is one we’re all familiar with, though may not be using in a business application, phones and tablets. Phones and tablets are even more mobile than laptops, achieving increased mobility by swapping out the common peripherals like a monitor and keyboard for a touch screen that serves both functions. The main differences between a phone and a tablet are that phones typically have smaller screens and are cellphone data enabled, whereas a tablet will have a larger screen and may or may not be able to connect to cellphone data plans. Being used by artists and merchants alike, phones and tablets are adaptable, using plug in attachments ranging from credit card readers to photography tripods to outfit the device to your business’s unique needs. While small in size, phones and tablets offer huge benefits to a company that uses them to their full potential.
Phones and tablets can be tailored to work for your company by adding accessories and downloading apps that fit your needs. If you are a mobile shop, accepting payments through a phone or tablet equipped with a plug-in credit card reader can be a great way to start taking electronic payments on the go. Any trade industry can leverage a phone or a tablet for signing invoices or going over options for repairs and renovations with the client using the device. These devices can be tracked, making them useful for delivery services, monitoring staff, and security. Phones and tablets typically feature cameras, allowing pictures to be taken in the case of an accident, insurance claim, or for taking stunning ‘before and after’ photos to showcase your work! The uses for these small computers are becoming more prevalent, with phones and tablets replacing many of the roles previously filled by their larger counterparts
Odds are, if you’re running a company, computers are almost inescapable. They are found everywhere, from our pockets to our homes and offices, and have worked their way into nearly every aspect of modern business. Are you on the go and in need of mobility, bringing the work with you on the road? Or are you set up in one spot, working away while remaining stationary? Does processing power and adaptability matter to you, or do you just need a simple way to track timecards or take payments? Does the ability to take pictures on the device make a difference to your company? With so many options and so many uses, figuring out the hardware that would best suit your company’s needs may get a bit tricky. If you’re having trouble making sense what kind of hardware would work for you, or are looking for clarity and confidence knowing you’re making the right choices for your company, we at Cadence Exchange are ready to help!