One of the strengths of the PC as a platform has always been its flexibility and modular design, allowing different components to be slotted together in almost any configuration. However, while the DIY nature of desktop PCs is great for consumers, it does pose challenges for businesses that need guaranteed reliability, stable supply and a high level of service. These things aren’t assured when mixing and matching components from multiple vendors.
Major brands have significant advantages in these areas, as the scale and sophistication of their material supply chains and production processes cannot be matched by smaller brands. This allows for more rigorous testing and better long-term product stability.
Here are five reasons why buying commercial mini PCs from a major brand manufacturer is a smart choice for businesses.
1. On-site service warranty
Businesses rely on their computer equipment, even if it’s just for office productivity. For example, there are already 135 million business users of Office 365 as of Q3 FY181 – which means that equipment failures can lead to significant lost revenue. Business PCs from major brands offer next business-day on-site service warranties to ensure downtime is kept to a minimum. The same is unlikely to be true of clone PC brands.
2. Industry-standard reliability testing
Reliability is a key requirement for any business IT hardware. The good news is that a quality business mini PC will have undergone rigorous reliability testing, including noise, vibration, drop and thermal shock tests. This ensures that they meet exacting standards, or in the case of ASUS mini PCs, actually exceed industry requirements. The same is not necessarily true of clone PC brands, so check carefully before buying.
3. Low noise and energy efficient
If you’ve ever had to put up with a desktop PC droning away next to your ear while you work, you’ll understand how distracting computer fan noise can be. Multiply that by tens or even hundreds of PCs, and your office can sound like a 1930s typing pool, and use more energy than the Brighton Illuminations. Commercial mini PCs, such as the ASUS PB60, is 30% quieter than a normal desktop and consumes less than 12W at idle, which means a quieter working environment and dramatically lower business energy costs too.