When purchasing a computer one of the questions that a sales representative will ask is how you intend to use your computer. That’s because the software, hardware and cost of a computer vary depending on the applications you intend to use the computer for. In general a business-grade computer has more memory and processing capacity than a consumer-grade computer which affects the price. Choosing the right computer for your needs ensures you get the best price for the most useable features.
The way you use a business computer and the way you use a personal home computer are usually completely different unless you have a home office that you use for businesses purposes. Business computers are used for everything from editing and rendering videos to creating videos and presentations and viewing high-grade graphics. Home computing is mostly restricted to surfing the Web, checking email, light word processing and gaming. While individual needs vary from person to person, home computing is much lighter than computing at work.
Business-grade computers typically have more memory space and a more powerful processor than consumer-grade computers. This is because business computers often need large amounts of memory of around 500GB to 750GB with dual or quad-core processors to handle tasks such as rendering, saving large graphics and documents and networking with other computers. Home computers are mostly used for personal applications, meaning less memory space and processing power is required for fairly light computing.
Hardware and Parts
When it comes to your computer’s hardware you should know that most consumer-grade computers are made in mass quantities making the hardware easy-to-obtain and the computers generally simple to service. Business computers are usually more personalized and custom, using heavy-duty processors, motherboards and other components that are more difficult and expensive to obtain. When a home computer malfunctions a computer technician usually can remedy the issue quickly, whereas business computers required skilled technician specialists and more expensive repair.
As you may have guessed the more complicated business-grade computer is the more expensive of the two. The specifications and requirements for the computer are often custom-built by a computer company specializing in bulk and complicated business computers so they cost more money. A consumer-grade home computer gives you more freedom in shopping around to find the best price for the best features, since there’s a wide variety of manufacturers to choose from. Still, if you’re used to a high-functioning business computer it’s worth the money to purchase one built for your exact applications and specifications.