Many businesses are counting the productivity costs of older, slow performing hardware. Our previous Tech Tips, 5 Signs its Time to Upgrade your Hardware details some of the common warning flags. For organizations keen on upgrading workstations, ROSE ITSL has compiled the following review of the latest business desktops on the market in 2014.
Lenovo ThinkCentre E93z All-In-One
The Lenovo ThikCentre E93z is an evolutionary all-in-one business desktop optimized to fuel business growth. It is the perfect marriage of performance, design and productivity-enhancing features.
Pros: 21.5-Inch 10-Point multitouch display, UltraFlex stand with dual hinge, All-in-one space saving design, reasonably priced, plethora of ports, 3.1 GHz Intel Core i7 Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB 5,400 RPM Hard Drive.
Cons: Hard drive is slower than Solid State Drive, Single band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Not end-user serviceable.
Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tiny
The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tiny gives business users the convenience of a compact space saving desktop that combines performance and power.
Pros: Multiple ports, 3.0 GHz i7 Intel Core Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB 7,200 RPM Hard Drive or 128GB Solid State Drive, three monitor support, Advanced thermal design with an Intelligent Cooling Engine.
Cons: Needs an adapter for HDMI, Has no internal expansion and no 5GHz Wi-Fi.
Dell OptiPlex 3020 Micro
The Dell OptiPlex 3020 Micro is your business-ready desktop that offers power, performance and affordability. This micro desktop can be mounted virtually anywhere.
Pros: Affordably priced, 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB 7,200 RPM Hard Drive, Ultra-compact Dell chassis, Myriad of ports and mounting options, Pre-installed security and identity protection software.
Cons: SSD Drive only optional and only one cooling fan inside the entire tower due to it’s compact design.
Dell Optiplex 7010 Small Form Factor
The Dell OptiPlex 7010 Small Form Factor is a popular desktop for everyday business tasks.
Pros: Inexpensive, 4GB RAM, 500 GB 7,200 RPM Hard Drive, Small form factor that can be placed vertically or horizontally, durable and stylish aesthetic design.
Cons: Basic model comes with a 3.4 GHz Intel Core i3 Processor and can be considered satisfactory for more standard to advanced business users.
HP Pro 3500 Microtower
The HP Pro 3500 Microtower meets all your business needs with a powerful, stylish desktop that is budget friendly. It’s expandability features ensures that your workstations are scalable to meet the growing demands of any organization.
Pros: Pre-installed with a Genuine Windows 7 Professional Operating System, 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 Processor, Up to 8GB RAM, Up to 2TB 7,200 RPM Hard Drive, Numerous ports and connectors, Essential security with HP Protection tools, Sturdy chassis and Affordable.
Cons: HP Wireless 802.11 b/g/n minicard is an optional feature, Low-end mouse and keyboard.
Apple iMac All-In-One
There is no denying the solid build-quality and sheer design elegance of the Apple iMac All-In-One desktop. Particularly well suited to organizations in Creative industries.
Pros: 21.5-Inch LED back-lit widescreen low-glare display, Fusion Drive is a smart 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD combination, 3.4GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, sleek thin design aesthetic, 8GB RAM, Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 Ports, Can work as a monitor for Thunderbolt Macs.
Cons: High price point, No Touch screen, SD Card slot located at the back, No internal upgradability beyond RAM and No height adjustment.