So your are browsing online or walking through a retail store and looking for a new notebook computer (or desktop computer for that matter). You see the VERY cheap computers and you’re tempted to buy them…but STOP. Many of the lower cost notebooks, while good, are designed for consumers. They’re designed to be as cheap as possible, but not designed for the rigors of business or with the features that you might want such as better security or manageability.
With this in mind many companies, such as Toshiba have computers specifically designed for small business owners.
Toshiba’s press release on their new line of Tecra computers reads:
The new Tecra R940 and Tecra R950 laptops come equipped with essential business features and business-class performance in a portable and durable design, at affordable prices. Available exclusively through Toshiba Direct, business owners can now order up to 100 units, offering the same level of savings afforded to large companies.
I’m a small business owner and am VERY price sensitive, but I also have seen clear benefits in paying a bit more to get better tech support, a better product and overall a better user experience. You’ll find that often even the chip inside the business and consumer notebooks are different. The the processor (chip) inside the business notebook coming with more features, such as built in security.
According to Toshiba, the new Tecra R940 and Tecra R950 laptops are designed with everything a small or medium business
needs. For increased durability and strength without adding excess weight, the new Tecra laptops are built using a unique fiberglass reinforced casing with a Honeycomb Rib structure, making them the ultimate road warrior laptops. In addition, the laptops include a spill resistant keyboard, hard drive impact sensor and a shock absorbing design to ensure the laptops can take the stresses of the fast-
paced business world. All models can be configured with 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors, dedicated AMD graphics and generous storage, including a 512GB SSD and up to 16GB memory. Weighing less than 4.5 pounds, measuring just one inch thin and available with 14.0- and 15.6-inch diagonal LED-backlit widescreen HD displays respectively, the Tecra R940 and Tecra R950 are not only durable, but also incredibly portable. Businesses who purchase before August 30, 2012 will receive free upgrades to Windows® 7 Professional and an additional 4GB of memory.
Keep in mind that in some cases, companies just take a consumer product (or a big business product) make a few cosmetic changes and call it a small business product. So do be cautious of that as well and look deeply at the product and the company before buying.
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