Five major considerations before buying a PC

Getting the right PC means matching users’ requirements with the best machine out there

Investing in a PC is a vital consideration – the machine has to be right for the specific user, alongside being reliable, secure and have the ability to scale up.
Before any business or end-users cuts the cheque for a PC investment, the following five considerations must be pondered and the answers aligned to the right PC purchase.

Tailored

 
The first question that every user must is – what am I going to be using this PC for? Different users will have different requirements. It might be a light laptop for using on the go. Needing a powerful graphic for design work. Or maybe a forward-thinking machine packed with innovation such as Artificial Intelligence (AI). Mapping out these requirements is the first step to getting the right PC for that user.

Having recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, the Dell Precision workstation family has established itself with a set of machines fit for a broad range of purposes. Take the Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1, the world’s smallest 15” 2-in-1 mobile workstation with a flexible 360-degree hinge enabling multiple modes of interaction. Then there is the Dell Precision 7530 and 7730, where the world’s most powerful mobile workstations have been redesigned to be thinner, lighter and smaller.
There is also the Dell Precision fixed workstation family, including the AI-ready 7920 Tower and the 5820 Tower which can support for up to 600W of graphics power.
A user’s requirements are unique and their PC should be too.

Reliability

 
If a user is buying a PC for a specific reason, they are obviously going to want it to deliver on that functionality and do so on a long-term basis.
This includes not just how well the PC works, but also the performance of third-party software and the support options when additional assistance is needed.
Dell’s Precision workstations are Independent Software Vendor (ISV) certified to ensure the high-performance applications you rely on every day run smoothly. In addition, Dell commercial PCs have the lowest reported failure rate.
Dell achieves this by working with the software vendors rigorously testing its Precision workstations so users get a tested and fully optimised workstation. There is also Dell ProSupport which provides responses to critical issues via in-region engineers, 24×7 support and proactive alerts.

Security

 
While most users understand the importance of security, especially after several high-profile cyber attacks, there is still a perception that it is mainly achieved through software add-ons.
While that is certainly an important aspect, the PC vendors also have a role to play in this process. For Dell, it offers the Dell Data Guardian, a centrally managed enterprise solution that offers protection for Office documents, which comes with the Dell Precision workstation family.
There is also the Dell Endpoint Security Suite, powered by Cylance, which stops up to 99% of malware. The suite stops evolving attacks, simplifies endpoint security and exceeds compliance. Preventing malware significantly reduces remediation costs and end-user downtime.

Manageability

There is no point in having a powerful PC brimming functionality if the user cannot harness that. This is where the manageability of the PC and the vendor support system around it makes all the difference.
For users opting to go with the Dell Precision workstation family, they can expect the client systems management tools that come with the Dell Client Command Suite. Making the family of machines a highly manageable line of PCs, the Dell Client Command Suite allows for flexible and automated BIOS and system configurations. Optional vPro extensions allow for out-of-band systems management.

Accessorise

Investing in a PC gives a user the hub to expand well beyond what that machine does directly. Users’ requirements may change or they may simply want to try something different. All this means that the ability to accessorise and expand the technology used from the PC is a vital consideration.

 
With the Dell Precision workstation family, as users are buying from the world’s largest privately-controlled technology company, there is no shortage of accessory options. For example, the Dell UltraSharp 27 4K HDR monitor enables users to view, edit and create stunningly realistic images.
Users looking for a power boost can get the Precision Dual USB-C Thunderbolt dock, which provides 210W of power for users to plug into.

Then there is the Dell Premier wireless keyboard and mouse to enhance productivity or the X-Rite EODIS3 i1Display Pro which is used to ensure a perfectly calibrated and profiled display while maintaining colour accuracy.

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