Are You Buying Wal-Mart Computer for Your Business? Don’t (Side by Side Comparison Table)

If you need a computer for your home – buying the cheapest and most powerful computer your budget allows is fine (I’m (well my wife) is the king of budgets), but for your business you need to buy a computer that comes with solid support and durability.
I’m sure computers from Wal-Mart are not the worst buying decision you can do for your business but if you want a computer that is built to last, it’s best to buy a computer from a reputable technology vendor and that has a reputable brand.
I did a quick comparison between Wal-Mart’s cheapest computer and CDW’s cheapest comparable computer.
CDW had an Acer and two HP’s for $359. I took a closer look at the HP computer. Wal-Mart had an Everex for $338.

Wal-Mart 
CDW
Everex Impact GC3500 HP Smart Buy dx2250 Desktop
512MB RAM 256MB RAM
80 GB Hard Disk 80 GB Hard Disk
DVD +/- RW CD ROM
Windows XP Home Windows XP Home
with monitor no Monitor
power efficient processor power efficiency, built for business
one year product support, hardware and original software one year on-site warranty

Hands down, Wal-Mart offer more for your buck – more memory, DVD instead of CD and a MONITOR!. Both offer Windows XP home, but every business should use Windows Vista Professional as it’s more secure and has better networking features.
However, if something happens to your computer what company do you want standing behind the computer and brand. HP and CDW and maybe your local consultant or Everex, Wal-Mart and your Aunt Vilma.
Computer Reseller News writes “We’re always looking over our shoulder trying to position ourselves against the Walmarts of the world the best we can,” he said. “We are looking at exclusively selling Lenovo.” He said a Super Walmart just opened a mile and a half away, and there was no sign of Lenovo products on the store shelf. He said he likes the Lenovo systems because they command a higher price than the $399 systems offered by some other computer manufacturers.
If local computer consultants are battling Wal-Mart in PC sales – this means that a) they aren’t doing a good job of serving their customers or b) small businesses are concerned more with price than value.

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Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com . Editor and Founder, Smart Hustle Magazine Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook

One thought on “Are You Buying Wal-Mart Computer for Your Business? Don’t (Side by Side Comparison Table)

  1. Computer Consulting Kit

    If you are looking for systems for a business and are not a technology expert (or just a typical non-technical small business owner), your best bet is to consult a computer consultant that can help you make important decisions about what to buy. It’s definitely not always true that the most expensive or newest hardware will really best suit your needs, but it’s also not true that the cheapest isn’t always the best either. The key is to find someone that can make an educated choice based on a knowledge of technology and an intimate knowledge of your business. You never want to choose important hardware based on price alone.
    Thanks for presenting this useful comparison of products. I offer a Computer Consulting Kitfor small business computer consultants that covers a lot of different ways to offer comprehensive business solutions to clients.

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