The Best Desktop Computers for Small Businesses
The equipment that you purchase for your small business is significantly different from the equipment you buy for personal use, and that includes a desktop PC. Any computer you buy needs to be high-performance to run a host of everyday tasks, like emailing clients, business apps, and anything else you need. And all of our picks on this list of the best desktop computers for small businesses can do those things.
- The best desktop PCs for small businesses
- The best overall desktop for SMB: Dell OptiPlex 7080
- The best SMB desktop under $1,000: Dell XPS 8940
- The best SMB workstation for creatives: Falcon Northwest Talon
- The best powerful workstation for SMBs: Puget Systems Threadripper Workstation(s)
- The best budget desktop for SMB under $500: Lenovo ThinkCentre M715 Tiny
- The best all-in-one for SMB: 27-inch iMac (2020)
- The best HP computer for SMB: HP Slim S01
- The best Mac computer for SMB: Mac mini (2020)
- Research and buying tips
While not all desktop PCs are suitable for small businesses, our top recommendations, including the Lenovo ThinkStation P330 Tiny, are high-performance and versatile so you can make the most of your investment.
The best desktop PCs for small businesses
- The best overall desktop for SMB: OptiPlex 7080
- The best SMB desktop under $1,000: Dell XPS 8940
- The best SMB workstation for creatives: Falcon Northwest Talon
- The best workstation for SMB: Puget Systems
- The best budget desktop for SMB: Lenovo ThinkCentre M715 Tiny
- The best all-in-one for SMB: 27-inch iMac (2020)
- The best HP computer for SMB: HP Slim S01
- The best Mac computer for SMB: Mac Mini (2020)
The best overall desktop for SMB: Dell OptiPlex 7080
Why you should buy this: It’s everything that most small businesses could need, with nothing extra, at a great price.
Who it’s for: SMBs that need solid PC performance without any frills.
Why we picked the OptiPlex 7080:
Dell’s refined business tower means business, and it remains the best overall choice for a growing business that needs an office — and a PC that can handle a wide variety of business-related tasks. Dell’s wide array of model options also allows businesses to pick a version that matches their budget.
Our favorite pick, however, is the compact version that sports a 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10500 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB HDD for storage. It also comes with a Nvidia GT 730 GPU and a wide range of port options, including USB-A 2.0, USB-A 3.2, USB-C 3.2, DisplayPort 1.4, and more. It’s a well-rounded package that gets straight to the point without wasting features or money on anything a business won’t need.
Other versions of the OptiPlex 7080 are worth investigating too, though, as they cater to a wide range of wants and needs. Upgrades allow you to switch to a faster SSD for storage needs, add an optical drive (which may still be a must-have for certain businesses), and choose between different sizes.
The best SMB desktop under $1,000: Dell XPS 8940
Why you should buy this: This PC packs everything your business needs at an attractive price.
Who it’s for: Businesses looking for an affordable but capable PC.
Why we picked the Dell XPS 8940:
Starting at well below $1,000, this XPS tower is perfect for sole proprietors and small offices that need a capable business computer but don’t want to pay too much for it. The included features impress at this price, including options like an 11th-Gen Intel Core i5 processor (starting with the i5-11400), 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB HDD for storage — although further tiers do allow you to upgrade to an SSD if you prefer.
We also are pleased with the numerous ports on this PC, which is ready for just about any type of connection. It’s equipped with three USB-A 3.1 ports and a USB-C port in front for quick connections, along with two USB-A 2.0, four USB-A 3.1, an HDMI 1.4, and DisplayPort 1.2 port in the back. The computer also supports the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard for speedy wireless connections, although an Ethernet port is included for wired internet connections.
While the Dell XPS 8940 won’t be winning any awards for design, its functionality and low cost still make it a very competitive option. Note that while there is an SD card reader on the PC, the cheaper versions do not include an optical drive, which you will have to pay more for.
Read our full Dell XPS 8940 SE review
The best SMB workstation for creatives: Falcon Northwest Talon
Why you should buy this: It’s a super-powerful system in an attractive, quiet chassis.
Who it’s for: Creatives and data analysts who need a powerful desktop today.
Why we picked the Falcon Northwest Talon:
Starting at $2,500 and reaching into five digits at the very top end, the Falcon Northwest Talon is no cheap PC. But this desktop delivers workstation-class performance in a compact footprint. Built in a midsize desktop chassis, the Talon is not a miniature system, but it’s pretty compact considering the hardware inside. Intel and AMD models are available, including new Ryzen 5000 processors. High-end configurations start with the eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 5800X, and top out at the 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen 9 5950X.
That powerful core of the system is backed up by heaps of high-speed memory and powerful and flexible storage as well as high-end graphics options should you need them for rendering or 3D work. Falcon starts with the 8GB RTX 3070, but you can configure your system to have up to a 48GB Quadro RTX 8000 — a $5,000 to $6,000 GPU — and even add a second one if you need it. Falcon also offers the latest AMD GPUs, including the RX 6800 XT.
With such hardware onboard, there’s nothing this system can’t do and it does it well, at quiet noise levels, too, thanks to well-implemented water cooling and great fan configurations. You can even see it all in action through the attractive side panel, though you can choose for a more demure look if you prefer. Not everything needs RGB.
SMBs buying this PC will benefit from minimal disruptions to their workflow should anything go wrong, thanks to a generous three-year standard warranty. There are no upgrade options, unfortunately, so after that three-year period, you’re on your own. But with the build quality and high-end components, the Falcon Northwest Talon should last far longer, no matter what you want to do with it.
The best powerful workstation for SMBs: Puget Systems Threadripper Workstation(s)
Why you should buy this: You need cutting-edge power at a relatively affordable price.
Who it’s for: SMBs working in industries that need the most powerful hardware money can buy.
Why we picked the Puget Systems Threadripper Workstation:
There has been a revolution in workstation CPU power in the past year and its name is Threadripper. The third-generation of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper CPUs has blown the lid off of desktop processor power, making everything else out there seem pedestrian in comparison. Where high-powered workstations of years passed focused on Intel’s Xeon server CPUs, Threadripper 3000 chips offer greater performance, at lower power, and higher clock speeds, making them fantastic for multithreaded and single-threaded tasks.
Puget Systems is one of the first workstation builders to utilize the raw power of AMD’s latest high-power CPUs and its customers are reaping the benefits. With options for 24, 32, and 64 cores with the Threadripper 3960x, 3970X, and 3990X CPUs, respectively, Puget’s Threadripper workstations are head and shoulders above anything that Intel’s alternatives can offer, and at a very competitive price too.
Although the starting price of $5,000 isn’t cheap, you’d have to spend more than double that for an Intel Xeon equivalent that can even hope to keep up.
Alongside that high-power CPU, you can pick from a variety of high-end Nvidia graphics cards, including the RTX 2080 Ti and powerful Quadro rendering cards, alongside plenty of storage space, a high-end power supply, and quiet and capable cooling solutions with advanced thermal compound for efficient heat transfer.
While we await the big-name system builders to take note of AMD’s Threadripper success stories, Puget Systems is leading the charge with the most powerful desktop workstations you can buy today.
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The best budget desktop for SMB under $500: Lenovo ThinkCentre M715 Tiny
Why you should buy this: You have limited desktop real-estate and need a versatile, powerful workhorse.
Who it’s for: Budget and space-restricted offices.
Why we picked the Lenovo ThinkCentre M715 Tiny:
The ThinkCentre M715 Tiny is a compact desktop that will give the Mac Mini a run for its money. This 1-liter volume desktop can be placed on or beside a desk, mounted below a desk in a cubicle, or for the space-constrained office, attached behind a Tiny-in-One Monitor allowing the setup to function like a modular all-in-one PC for an even more elegant setup. Starting at $590, the M715 delivers plenty of performance for everyday computing tasks, and optional upgrades, like a dust shield, help it survive harsher business environments, like warehouse spaces, manufacturing centers, or automotive garages.
Starting with AMD’s Ryzen 5 Pro 2400 GE, you get a fantastic quad-core CPU with eight-thread support, and some capable onboard graphics. Options for RAM range from 8GB to 32GB, though for most tasks 8GB should suffice. The most recent models come with an SSD in some form, with the more expensive variants sporting a high-capacity SATA SSD, and the cheaper ones, a smaller NVMe drive.
Discrete graphics aren’t an option here, as it’s just too small a system, but there are plenty of other options in this list for affordable workstations with an add-in graphics card.
This desktop competes well against Intel’s compact NUC desktops, and users with more demand GPU needs will want to take a look at Intel’s Hades Canyon NUC, a system that comes with discrete graphics support. However, if you go with Intel’s solutions, you’ll miss out on Lenovo’s clever Tiny-in-One design. Like other Think products, the ThinkCentre M715 Tiny’s warranty can be upgraded to provide longer coverage.
The best all-in-one for SMB: 27-inch iMac (2020)
Why you should buy this: It’s the complete package for Apple-friendly businesses.
Who it’s for: Businesses that prefer Apple and want to get set up fast.
Why we picked the 27-inch iMac (2020):
All-in-one computers offer an interesting proposition: You get a complete package that combines the PC tower and monitor into one model, so you don’t have to spend extra money on a display or worry about where you are going to put the tower (along with managing its cable connections). The downside to all-in-ones like the iMac is that they aren’t really upgradeable in any way, and they need to be replaced entirely when it’s time for an upgrade.
If that’s a deal you can live with, the iMac is effortless to get set up and running, and we like the 27-inch version because the screen is large enough to fit a few different windows for easy multitasking. The base model of the 2020 version includes a 10th-gen, six-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD for storage. The display itself is a Retina 5K panel with optional nano-texture glass version, and ports include two Thunderbolt 3 connections.
Note that Apple does have a newer iMac out, the colorful M1 version, but compared to the iMac 2020 model its 24-inch screen is significantly smaller. Since a larger screen is so important for multitasking and can’t really be replaced without buying a new computer entirely, we’re sticking with the 27-inch version as our suggested business-friendly model for now.
The best HP computer for SMB: HP Slim S01
Why you should buy this: This reliable HP tower can fit anywhere while offering excellent performance.
Who it’s for: Businesses short on space or who love HP’s business-friendly features at an affordable price.
Why we picked the HP Slim S01:
The Slim S01 is quite similar to our top pick, a compact PC tower that gets down to business without wasting any specs — but with very welcome upgrades. They include: Wi-Fi 5 compatibility, a 3-in-1 card reader for transferring images or graphics quickly — all at a very affordable price for companies that want to save.
Inside, the Slim is powered by a 10th-gen Intel Core i3-10100 processor and relies on an integrated Intel UHD for graphics. The base model starts at 8GB of RAM but can be upgraded to 32GB depending on how just how much you need the PC to handle. It also has a dual drive for storage, with a 1TB HDD and a 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD for swift uploads.
Ports for the HP Slim S01 include HDMI, VGA, and USB-A 3.0 and 2.0 — unfortunately, there’s no USB-C here, so make sure to match your accessories appropriately.
The best Mac computer for SMB: Mac mini (2020)
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Why you should buy this: It’s a more modular Apple solution for the modern business.
Who it’s for: Businesses that prefer to stay on MacOS but want the option to build out their system.
Why we picked the Mac mini (2020):
The Mac mini made a comeback in 2020 and remains a highly customizable Apple machine, now powered by Apple’s capable new M1 processor and more powerful than ever. Unlike an iMac, you also are free to build it up with the monitor of your choice and any accessories you please, while the tidy box can sit nearly anywhere while it works.
In addition to the eight-core M1 chip, this version of the Mac mini allows you to choose up to 16GB of RAM, 2TB of SSD storage, and add pre-installed software like Final Cut Pro if you prefer. Just make sure to choose the faster 10 Gigabit Ethernet port to help benefit from the faster speeds!
This Mac mini option is, of course, an excellent pick for professional editors, photographers, designers, and so on. However, note that the compact size of the Mac mini does limit its port options to only two USB-A and HDMI 2.0, so keep that in mind when picking out your monitor.
Research and buying tips
- What should I look for when buying a desktop for a small business?
- Should my desktop computer have an SSD or GPU?
- How much processing power does my SMB desktop need?
- What are the advantages of a desktop computer?
- Should I go for a desktop or laptop for my small business?
- How do you determine if you need an SSD or GPU?
What should I look for when buying a desktop for a small business?
After choosing a desktop PC with the components to meet your power needs today and into the foreseeable future — processors, graphics card, memory, and storage — small business owners will want to also consider the design. For instance, a more compact design may be more unobtrusive and can stay out of the way to foster better customer interactions when used in the front office reception area, but these miniature PCs may not be as upgradable as larger tower styles. And although a tower can occupy a lot of space, the roomy enclosure makes upgrading a cinch and can help protect your investment.
When it comes to extending the life of your investment, a solid warranty policy can ensure your business is operational with minimal downtime. Consumer desktops often come with a standard one-year policy, but workstations and desktops for enterprise often ship with three-year warranties that buyers can sometime upgrade to up to five years. If you don’t have a dedicated IT infrastructure to service your equipment, an extended warranty policy can help to minimize disruption to your workflow. If your PC manufacturer doesn’t offer an extended warranty policy, consider buying from retailers that offer their own extended protection plans that cover the standard manufacturing defects along with accidental damage.
Should my desktop computer have an SSD or GPU?
Solid-state drives and graphics cards are optional upgrades that can deliver more performance to your desktop, especially if you intend to keep your investment for a number of years. Fortunately, the price of SSDs has dropped significantly in recent years, making them a sound investment to get more performance out of your desktop. If you’re on a budget, consider a workstation with multiple drive bays. You can load the operating system and frequently used apps on a primary SSD to get the speed benefits and offload larger files and documents to a secondary hard drive to save money.
It’s not uncommon for the typical SMB user to wear many hats in the office they work in, meaning they spearhead several daily operations such as social media management and general bookkeeping. For that reason, even if your business isn’t in the creative field, it’s a good idea to have a graphics card to assist with basic graphics or even videos.
How much processing power will my SMB desktop require?
You can upgrade your desktop’s capabilities with a basic entry-level GPU — you do not need to be concerned about paying for an expensive, top-of-the-line product yet. Fortunately, CPUs don’t have to take on the entire workload as office software, and some browsers and programs, like Chrome, are starting to utilize GPUs more frequently. If you cannot afford a new GPU at the moment, you can start preparing your computer system for GPU functions by getting a graphics card and configuring it to your current system. Consider using a tower design to provide extra room.
While, sure, it would be awesome to purchase a PC with the newest desktop with an Intel 9th or AMD Ryzen third-generation CPU, not every SMB has the cash to get a fully loaded system. Always purchase items with your budget in mind, and buy the products you need and can afford. For example, if your workload involves switching quickly between large files, or requires a significant amount of multitasking, consider AMD’s third-generation Ryzen or Threadripper CPUs — their multitasking workload is unmatched by Intel competition.
It’s only worth considering multiple graphics cards if you know you’re going to tackle heavy 3D work or CAD design. For most people, just one high-end GPU will satisfy all of their needs.
What are the advantages of a desktop computer?
Compared to a laptop, desktop computers tend to have more power, higher spec ranges for greater customization, and are — in many cases — easier to upgrade without replacing the computer entirely. There are also a wide variety of desktop models, from mini towers to all-in-ones, so you also have plenty of design options. Desktop computers also have larger displays than laptops, making them ideal for a variety of visual work.
Should I go for a desktop or laptop for my small business?
That depends on how your business operates. There are plenty of powerful business laptops that can take care of business, but they are primarily suited for those who are frequently on the move and may be meeting with clients or traveling to specific locations all the time. More open or collaborative workspaces also may benefit from picking laptops so employees can move around more easily.
Otherwise, desktops offer a central, focused location to get work done, and they can more easily be modified with accessories depending on what your processor requires. That’s a great proposition when you have a dedicated space to work in.
How do you determine if you need an SSD or GPU?
An SSD or solid state drive is a highly durable form of long-term storage for computers. It offers the greatest reliability and speed these days, especially when combined with the latest connections like NVMe.
GPU stands for graphics processing unit, which handles your computer’s visuals. Unless your business is involved in serious editing or graphics work, you are probably fine sticking with a simple integrated GPU. Otherwise, look for a PC with a more powerful dedicated GPU, or at least a model that can be upgraded with a new GPU if necessary.
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Does your small business need a workstation computer? If you are just running standard office applications and some presentations and emails, you can likely get everything done on a regular, personal desktop computer or laptop.
On the other hand, if your small business is running more demanding applications, you need a workstation computer. This includes financial analysis, design, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), heavy video editing, PC gaming, and graphics, to name a few.
Even if you are running standard office applications, having an entry-level workstation can improve your workflow dramatically. Take a look at these workstation computers to find out some of the options available to you.
What is a Workstation Computer?
A workstation computer is exactly that – a computer you use in the space where you work. They aren’t just any desktop PCs, though, as workstation computers are meant for heavy use, often for tasks such as video editing, engineering design, 3D graphics, and complex financial and business applications. Computers with a workstation build have advanced graphics capabilities, large storage capacity, and a powerful CPU. They are faster and more capable than a personal computer.
Workstation Computer vs. Regular Desktop Computer
To answer this question, you’ll need to consider the nature of your workflow and the type of work you do. Many tasks can be competently done on a traditional desktop computer or even a laptop. However, if you have a heavy, demanding workload, workstation computers have a faster CPU and GPU, more memory and storage, and the ability to hold up to constant usage.
Workstation Computer: Choose the Best For Your Business
|Top Pick: CORSAIR ONE PRO a200 Compact Workstation-Class PC||Runner Up: HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation Bundle||Best Value: HP Z4 G4 Workstation|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (16 cores)||Quad-Core 3.6GHz||Intel Xeon W-2223 (Quad-core)|
|RAM||64GB CORSAIR VENGEANCE DDR4||16GB||16GB|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080||Integrated||NVIDIA Quadro T-Series|
|Storage||Not specified||256GB SSD||Not specified|
|Cooling System||Convection-assisted liquid cooling system||Standard||Standard|
|Additional Features||Compact size, low noise||2 Monitors, Wireless Keyboard and Mouse, Gel Pad||HP Wolf Pro Security Edition|
|Ideal Usage||High-demand tasks, Graphics||Multi-tasking, Professional workflows||Engineering, visualization, and machine learning|
|Price Range||$$$ (Top Pick)||$$ (Runner Up)||$ (Best Value)|
CORSAIR ONE PRO a200 Compact Workstation-Class PC
Top Pick: The CORSAIR ONE PRO packs the power of a workstation-class PC into a small form factor mini-computer that takes up less space than a laptop. The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor with 16 cores makes for fast, multi-threaded processing, helping to increase your productivity.
A great device for graphics, the CORSAIR ONE PRO uses an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card powered by CUDA and real-time ray tracing technology. 64GB dual-channel CORSAIR VENGEANCE DDR4 high-performance memory provides the speed and capacity to handle the most demanding content creation tasks, and the proprietary convection-assisted liquid cooling system minimizes CPU and graphics card temperatures, achieving faster performance without much fan noise.
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HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation Bundle
Runner Up: The HP Mini G4 workstation bundle has everything you need to set up your workstation. Included are two HP Z27n LED LCD 27″ monitors, a wireless keyboard and mouse, a gel mouse pad, and a mini pc. The HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation runs on the Windows 10 Pro operating system.
The Quad-Core 3.6GHz processor combined with 16GB of memory and 256GB SSD gives the unit ample power to run multiple tasks and accelerate professional workflows.
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HP Z4 G4 Workstation
Best Value: The Z4 is HP’s best-selling workstation computer, boasting 16 GB of RAM, advanced security and an Intel Xeon processor. Its small form factor doesn’t hold back on features – the Z4 has multiple configuration options, so you can set it up according to your needs. This computer has been hailed for its performance in engineering, visualization, and machine learning, and the powerful Intel Xeon W processor makes it happen.
The included HP Wolf Pro Security Edition provides preconfigured enterprise-level PC protection for small and medium-sized businesses, and the NVIDIA Quadro T-Series graphics offers high-end visualization for seamless project rendering.
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Dell XPS 8950 Desktop Computer
Dell’s XPS 8950 is designed to let the user multitask and create with ease. A 12th generation Intel Core i7-12700 processor and Intel UHD Graphics 770 give the XPS its impressive power and speed, while its optimized cooling system helps you keep the pace you want without loud fan noise.
Dell’s XPS 8950 runs on Windows 11 Pro, has 32 GB of RAM and is a sleek and compact 16.8 x 6.81 x 14.68 inches. Included is 2-year, 24/7 expert tech support and 6 months of Dell Migrate to easily move your files and settings from your old PC to your new Dell.
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Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q Tiny Tower Desktop
The AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750GE has 8 CPU cores, a base clock speed of 1.7Ghz & 7 GPU cores, providing enterprise-level performance. This small but mighty offering from Lenovo is designed for multitasking, data crunching, content creating, and more, all in a compact size you can tuck in almost anywhere.
Lenovo’s Thinkshield – a comprehensive, end-to-end security solution, gives you peace of mind that your data and business are protected. The ThinkCentre M75q Gen 2 is designed to grow with your business. It connects to industry-specific equipment as well as legacy peripherals, and monitors and is built for easy expansion.
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2020 Apple Mac Mini with Intel Processor
The Apple Mac mini uses the eighth generation 6 core Intel core i5 processor with available Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz and 9MB shared L3 cache. There is 8GB of installed RAM, and 512 GB of SSD storage.
The Mac mini uses an Intel UHD Graphics 630 card and has four Thunderbolt 3 ports, Thunderbolt USB 3.1 Gen2 port, HDMI 2.0 port, Gigabit Ethernet port, and more. The Apple Mac mini is a diminutive 7.76 x 7.76 x 1.42 inches and weighs just over 4 lbs.
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Dell OptiPlex 3080 Micro Form Factor Business Desktop
The Dell Optiplex small form factor desktop is designed to give you maximum performance while taking up minimal space. It features Windows 10 Pro operating system, an intel core i5 processor, a 2 TB SSD hard drive, and ?16 GB DDR4 RAM.
At just 4 pounds and ?20 x 10 x 6 inches in size, this mini desktop PC can fit just about anywhere, leaving you more workspace. Ports include 4 x 3.1 and 2 x 2.0 (2 front/2 rear), 1 RJ-45, 1 DisplayPort 1.2, 1 HDMI 1.4, 1 UAJ, 1 line-out, 1 headphone/microphone input/output.
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Acer Veriton X4 SFF Business Desktop Computer
Acer’s Veriton features Intel UHD Graphics 630 with shared graphics memory, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and Windows 10 Pro OS. A ?2.9 GHz core_i5 processor and 1 TB HDD round out this impressive offering from Acer.
The Veriton also comes with a 64GB Broage flash drive and a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
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2022 HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop
While technically not a “workstation computer,” gaming PCs like the HP Pavilion gaming desktop feature many of the same specs as computers with a workstation build. This PC uses the 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11700 2.50GHz Octa-Core Processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6 graphics.
16GB of high-bandwidth RAM allows you to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once. The hard drive is a 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive which allows for fast bootup and data transfer, and a 2TB Hard Disk Drive provides ample storage space.
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Workstation Computer Features to Look For
When investing in a workstation computer for your business, a number of components and features warrant careful consideration. Performance, reliability, and versatility are key factors to focus on. Here are a few crucial aspects to ponder over:
Form Factor: All-In-One vs. Desktop vs. Mini PC
- All-in-one computers are excellent for comprehensive out-of-the-box functionality. They fit well if you need a ready-to-use, space-saving solution.
- Desktop towers are perfect for users who need flexibility and upgradability, thanks to their spacious interiors.
- Mini PCs are an excellent choice for space-constrained or minimalist aesthetics-oriented setups.
- A CPU with high frequency (GHz) ensures smooth system operation and modeling performance, considering that most tasks utilize only one CPU core.
- High-capacity and faster RAM allows for seamless multitasking and quicker data access. Opt for upgradeable units to future-proof your workstation.
- A minimum of 128GB storage is usually sufficient for light usage, but consider upgrading to at least 500GB if you’ll be storing large videos, complex CAD files, or high-resolution images.
- Ensure compatibility between your computer and peripherals such as monitor, keyboard, and mouse. All-in-one computers solve this issue by including everything you need.
- Workstation-specific GPUs outperform their personal PC counterparts in professional applications. Choose a unit with appropriate drivers based on your graphic requirements.
- Depending on your business requirements, you can opt for various operating systems like Windows 10, Windows 11 Pro, macOS, or Linux.
Choosing the Right Workstation PC:
- Your choice of workstation should align with your specific business needs. A powerful system may seem tempting but could result in unnecessary expenditure if its capabilities remain underutilized.
- If you’re unsure of what you need, numerous online resources can guide you towards a suitable workstation computer.
In summary, consider the following when selecting a workstation computer:
- Form Factor: Choose based on your space availability and requirement for upgradability.
- CPU: Opt for high-frequency CPUs for better performance.
- RAM: Choose high-capacity, faster, and upgradeable RAM for future-proofing.
- Storage Capacity: Determine your storage needs based on the type and size of files you’ll handle.
- Peripherals: Ensure peripheral compatibility or opt for an all-in-one setup.
- Graphics: Choose workstation-specific GPUs based on your graphics requirements.
- Operating System: Choose an OS that suits your business needs.
The Right Workstation PC for You
Workstation computers can be configured to address the specific needs of your business. While it might be tempting to get the most powerful system, it can be a waste of your hard-earned money if you don’t use most of the capabilities.
If you don’t have the expertise to figure out what you need, there are many resources available online to help you determine what workstation computer is right for your needs.
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Choose the best computers for work and business based on
specific tasks is not an easy task, because you have to keep in mind
many factors. To give you a helping hand, we have summarized the best
desktop PCs suitable for work and business, available in 2022.
Laptops and smartphones are important tools for every business, and every year they become more powerful and functional. However, while they are great for users who have to travel for work, they can’t compete with the best business PCs in certain tasks.
First of all, desktop computers are much more powerful than the best laptops for work and are often cheaper. Not only that, unless you’re buying an all-in-one PC, business PCs are relatively easy to open up and upgrade components, making computers more promising than laptops or smartphones that become obsolete in a couple of years and require a complete replacement.
This makes the best business computers financially wise
investment when equipping the office. And while traditional desktop PCs are great
suitable for the office, we also list some of the best all-in-ones. Like
iconic iMac from Apple,
in these devices, the computing components are integrated into the panel. And while it
means that they are more difficult to upgrade than traditional PCs, they are much easier to
setup, take up less desk space and look fantastic. Aesthetics
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We compared the best computers for work and business by
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Mac Mini M1 (2022)
An affordable business PC for Apple users.
Processor : Apple M1 (8-core) | Graphics : Integrated 8-core | RAM : 8 GB unified PDDR4X-4266 MHz SDRAM | Drive : 256 GB SSD | Communication : Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 | Dimensions : 3. 6 x 19.7 x 19.7 cm.
- Still the same recognizable design;
- High performance;
- Hardware options M1;
- Does not work with eGPU;
- Maximum 16 GB RAM;
Just look at the Mac Mini.
Apple’s most affordable computer gets even cheaper when you buy it from a third party.
The updated 2022 model has been upgraded to the new Apple M1 chipset. And this update
significantly raises the bar for the entire class and future updates,
the manufacturer claims that the new product is three times faster, and the performance
GPU is six times higher than previous Mac Mini.
Connectivity options include two USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 4.0 ports on the rear panel,
so you can connect multiple compatible peripherals – from external
drives to monitors. There’s also an HDMI port if you’d like to connect to an external display that isn’t
iMac 24 M1
The best business PC for power users.
Processor : Apple M1 (8-core) | Graphics : Integrated 8-core | RAM : 16 GB unified LPDDR4 RAM | Display : 24″ Retina 4.5K (4480 x 2520) (IPS, 500 nits, P3 wide color) | Drive : 512 GB SSD.
- Upgrading internal components;
- Configuration can be overclocked to very powerful;
- Only two Thunderbolt ports in base configuration;
iMac received a design update, and with it an updated chipset with
the latest iMac. Transition
from Intel to Apple Silicon let you improve performance and easily outperform
professional iMac Models,
which quickly made them redundant. Apple’s new all-in-one looks neat
with very simple design but high performance.
More and more people are working from home and this model seems
the best all-in-one computer to invest in, at the same time
saving a decent amount of space in the work area. If performance
comes first, in front of you is the best computer for business.
24″ iMac M1 –
it is a high performance computer with an excellent webcam and updated
Powerful all-in-one Windows PC.
Processor : Intel Core i7-6820HQ | Graphics : Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M | RAM : 32 GB | Drive : 2TB SSD | Connection : Gigabyte Ethernet | Dimensions : 25 x 22 x 3.22 cm.
- All ports are on the back;
- Expensive computer for most;
If you’re looking for an incredibly powerful yet stylish all-in-one that releases
not Apple’s gorgeous Surface Studio
Microsoft is your choice. The main problem is the price, but it
fully meets the build quality and performance, this is the best option for
creative industry workers.
Surface Studio attracts IT professionals and corporate users with
possibility of partial updating independently. Until this system
will interest many users, it demonstrates how good they can
Visually, the Microsoft Surface Studio is an absolutely stunning machine. All computer components
based at the base, the panel is a touch screen with thin
frames. Without any additional volumes on the back of the monitor, profile
The screen is only 12.5 mm, making it one of the thinnest monitors
On the market.
Read our full review of Microsoft Surface Studio.
Reliable and upgradable business PC with security options.
Processor : Intel Core i3-4160 | Graphics : Intel HD Graphics 4400 | RAM : 4 GB | Hard Disk : 500 GB HDD | Connection : Gigabyte Ethernet | Dimensions : 9 x 31 x 29 cm.
- Reasonable price;
- Offers extensive upgrade options;
- There are more powerful computers in this rating;
- Nothing more to complain about;
If you need a reliable computer that can run ISO
day to day, Dell Optiplex lineup
3020 should get your attention. The package is based on the design
micro-tower that ships with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit with a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. This system has everything you need.
you need to start and operate your business, but at the same time you will be able to expand
configuration in the future.
But this entry level computer system is not ready
run heavy applications for graphic design or photo editing.
And while the system supports two monitors, it lacks graphics performance
no HDMI port for connecting to external monitors.
However, due to its affordable price and flexible dimensions, Optiplex
3020 is an efficient computer for small and medium companies.
How to choose the best computers for business?
When choosing the best computer for your work, start with an assessment
the nature of your business, the number of computers and operating rooms you need
If you are into architecture, graphic design and
any other area that requires the use of resource-intensive applications, you
you should choose powerful computers with impressive graphics capabilities.
But if your work is mainly related to using the browser or typing
data, an entry-level configuration should be sufficient.
How much RAM you need will depend on
on how resource-intensive applications you use, and also you should
assess the level of multitasking. The more applications you run at the same time,
the more RAM you need to run smoothly.
You should also rate which operating system is better
just right for you. If you or your employees are accustomed to working with Windows,
stick with this OS rather than upgrade to a new one.
Keep computer sizes in mind if you don’t have enough
space on the table or you want to neatly arrange the workplace. you also
want to consider the cost of a PC and perhaps consider discounts on bulk purchases.
The best computers for business: how do we test?
To test the best computers for work, first
we consider their characteristics, including the processor, video card,
RAM, storage, connectivity and dimensions. We
considered the types and sizes of businesses they are suitable for, and
evaluated technical configurations.
We assessed how well they handle several
applications at the same time, how smoothly they work with resource-intensive
applications, and appreciated the ease of setup.
We estimated the dimensions and weight of the computers to see how
how much space do they take up on the table and are they light enough that you can
convenient to move them. We also considered the possibility of connecting two
monitors, assessed the number of ports and diversity, and also considered
Top 5 Business Desktops
If you work in the office all day, a traditional desktop PC is the best choice for your work. Desktop PCs are generally much more comfortable to use than laptops and can be easily maintained and upgraded so you don’t have to buy a new model every few years.
These models are usually cheaper than business laptops, but they are not inferior in performance, so if you are looking for an economical way to fill your office with powerful machines, then desktop computers will be the best choice.
Also, if you think a business computer should be a visually boring beige box, think again… Over the past three years, their range has expanded significantly beyond the usual faded rectangles.
Desktop personal computers are sold in a wide range of shapes and colors, which is why we have tried to collect for you the TOP 5 laptops that are visually strong, as well as in terms of speed, usability and performance. Welcome to the list.
1. Dell OptiPlex 3050 Micro
Processor: 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100T | Graphics: Intel HD | RAM: 4 GB | Storage: 500 GB HDD | Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet | Dimensions (W x D x H): 18. 2 x 3.6 x 17.8 cm
- Flexible specifications;
- Slim design;
- Not powerful.
Dell is a well-known and respected brand that manufactures appliances. It is highly appreciated by customers, especially when it comes to business computers. You can be sure that when you buy a personal computer from Dell, you are getting a well-made and well-supported device. The Dell OptiPlex 3050 Micro has excellent base specs that can be customized to your needs at a very attractive price. The slim, linear body also prevents your desk or office from looking cluttered.
2. Zoostorm 7260-3041
Processor: Intel Celeron 1037U | Graphics: Intel HD | RAM: 4 GB | Storage: 500 GB HDD | Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet | Dimensions (W x D x H): 18 x 40 x 36 cm.
- Processor Haswell;
- Excellent value for money;
- Don’t expect too much performance.
Replacing an old computer with a new one doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Zoostorm, a British computer vendor with a strong presence on Ebuyer and Amazon, has the cheapest desktop PC currently available. Technically, this is just a desktop computer for users, however, this machine perfectly performs business tasks.
3. HP Elite Slice for Conference Rooms
Processor: Intel Core i5-6500T | Graphics: Intel HD | RAM: 8 GB | Storage: 256GB SSD | Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet | Dimensions (W x D x H): 16.5 x 3.5 x 16.5 cm.
- Small Form Factor;
- Conference functions;
- High price;
- Not suitable for all applications.
The HP Elite Slice shows that business desktops don’t have to be big and bulky. This simple yet powerful device has a small form factor that makes it the most suitable for meeting rooms, great for equipping with two microphones, HP noise canceling change and dedicated conferencing software, making it the perfect meeting device.
4. Apple iMac
Processor: Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000 | RAM: 8 GB | Storage: 1TB HDD | Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, 802. 11ac Wi-Fi | Dimensions (W x D x H): 53 x 17 x 45 cm
- Outstanding aesthetics and design;
- Screen resolution Full HD;
- Inconvenient port location;
- No height adjustment.
There’s no denying the solid build quality and high elegance of the Apple iMac. If you’re planning on building the most futuristic, glamorous office ever, the Apple iMac is sure to be at the top of your shopping list. It has a built-in 21.5-inch display and even its “base” build is capable of displaying high-quality videos and photos perfectly.
5. HP 260 G1
Processor: Intel Celeron 2957U | Graphics: Intel HD | RAM: 2 GB | Storage: 32GB SSD | Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet | Dimensions (W x D x H): 18 x 18 x 3.5 cm
- Great value with 3 year NBD local warranty;
- Provides good performance;
- Does not require a lot of system memory.