For the most part, all computers are the same. Get a fast processor, big hard drive, big monitor and lots of memory and you’re pretty good to go. Fire up Windows 7 (or Apple), launch a fast browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, FireFox) and you’re good to go.
But that’s not entirely true.
Periodically Dell, HP and Acer (clearly I’m talking about PC’s now and not Apple computers of which I know nothing of) release new or updated products. They are worth a look. Overall they might be similar but closer look at the PC vendors offerings you’ll see some differentiating features that might be very useful for you to consider in making your decision.
For example early this month Dell announced 24 new business computing solutions and form factors, including laptops, tablets, desktops and workstation computers in one of the largest-ever introductions in the company’s history and part of 39 new solutions launching in the next year.
I won’t get into the details of Dell’s announcement here, but in summary there are new notebooks (Dell Latitude), desktops (Optiplex) and workstations (Precision) and new tablet computers.
I was at Dell HQ a few weeks ago and what’s interesting about this announcement is that Dell is NOT just selling hardware, but is aggressively moving to sell services (management, support and installation), cloud computing services (to host your applications) and security and data protection.
So the next time you look to buy your computer, don’t just think if it as a piece of metal and plastic. Consider the overall design, construction and features and the breadth of services of the company selling it.