With Black Friday less than two days away, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift – for your business.

hp-nc8230-product-image-large-king-of-laptops-com_lrgSupport of computer equipment such as laptops, desktops and servers, typically costs 2 to 3 times the cost of the equipment during its useful life (usually 3 – 5 years).

Choosing a market-leading manufacturer, such as HP or Dell, is important, but equally important is selecting a business-class line of product instead of the consumer-class line. Consumer-class models are designed with lower tolerance internal components, the models change very frequently and are not designed to operate in a business environment. Business-class models run better and last longer with fewer problems, on average. In addition, business-class laptops change models less frequently. Since small businesses tend to purchase new computers evenly throughout the year or when a new hire starts, this helps companies by allowing them to purchase the same model laptop early in the year as they do later in the year.

Selecting a business-class model from a market-leading company is the single best way to keep total cost of IT ownership in check. A few hundred dollars spent up front can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars in support costs over the life of the device.

In addition, consider extending the warranty from the standard 1 year to 3 years and upgrading from basic support to professional. The upgraded technical support gets faster response and access to a higher level of product engineers. The result: less time spent on the phone and faster problem resolution.

So, this holiday season, consider purchasing business-class computers, the gift that keeps on giving.

Network 1 Consulting is a 13-year-old, IT Support company in Atlanta, GA. We become – or augment – the IT department for professional services companies: law firms, medical practices and financial services firms. Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients really value is the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firm. This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly. We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.

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