We recommend brand-name PCs (HP is our preference, but Dell is also a US-based company with good products) with Intel processors and these minimum features:
- 8Gb (or more) of RAM
- A 250Gb (or larger) fixed-disk drive
- DisplayPort video with two monitors
We typically deploy Windows 8.1 (or downgrade to Windows 7 upon request), but Windows 10 is slated to be released this summer. Microsoft Office 2013 is the current version; Microsoft Office 2016 will be available in late 2015.
We like these options:
- SSDs (Solid State Drives) – SSDs are memory-only drives with no moving parts, which makes them durable and fast. They speed-up the boot process and work well for those that store large files. Though they have dropped in price, they still add about $100 to the price of most PCs, but pay-off for high-end users. (We don’t always quote these because of their higher price, but the boot-up speed is significantly faster.)
- Ultrabook – Ultrabook is a thin, light, durable, high-end sub-notebook with reasonable battery life. Combined with a docking station, it’s a great, mobile alternative to a desktop computer. Due to their sleek physique, most do not have internal DVD drives and have few external ports.
Most of our staff have an Ultrabook with a docking station, which works well for the field technicians and account executives. Many of our newer PCs have SSD drives.
PC Refresh Schedule: We recommend developing a PC-refresh schedule, one that meets the budget and objectives of the organization. For example: Bryley Systems replaces at least one PC each quarter, which gives us a maximum replacement-PC cycle of about four-and-½ years for our 18 employees.