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5 critical hardware solutions for your small business

Courage, instincts, and hard work. This is what it takes to run a business. However, there is one more important ingredient that should be added to that mix.

If you wish to remain competitive and successful in today’s market, you’re going to need some strong hardware. No, not like hammers and wrenches. We’re talking tech here.

Investing in the right hardware products for your business will help you to stay organized and boost overall productivity. Sure, it’s easy to say that your business should have effective hardware, but what kind? Lucky for you, our sponsor, Dell, is offering deals on a multitude of products.

Here are five essentials to get you started.

Desktops and laptops

Computers, computers, computers. They might as well have the name, ‘Workhorse,’ stamped across each one. Without them, businesses today would be stopped dead in their tracks and ultimately cease to exist. Failure to invest in computers that are reliable and best suited for your business can have the same results.

No matter what industry you’re in, you need a computer that is reputable, secure, and built for your needs. Additionally, you want a product that has a long lifespan and requires very little maintenance or upkeep. Dell has over 30 years of experience in helping small businesses thrive, by providing products that are flexible, easy to manage, and reliable.

For example, Dell offers the Vostro 14 3000′ laptop. With an optional feature called Peak Shift, it can reduce the amount of power consumption by automatically switching the system to battery power according to the specific time of the day.

Security is another significant attribute. It allows you to secure and encrypt passwords, fingerprints, and keys outside of the drive as well.

If you’re looking for a desktop, Dell’s OptiPlex 3060 Small Form Factor is a fine choice, especially for those who are tight on space. Ideal for a variety of professional environments, these desktops come with the reliability and space-saving benefits you need to best run your day to day operation.

It’s simple to maintain and mount and can operate at the highest level without interfering in your immediate workspace.

Monitors

It’s amazing how much of your work happens with your eyes. Your work-space may have a rock star PC with tons of storage, a great keyboard, and perhaps even a comfy chair, but if your monitor is lacking, your overall productivity will suffer.

For a better display that lets you get more done you need a monitor that offers the specific features that are meant for you and your business. This means that it provides the right size, resolution, and overall cost.

Dell has you covered in this department with its UltraSharp monitors. The UltraSharp 24 – U2412M model is a leader in clarity, flexibility, and customization. The monitor can be adjusted to suit your workspace, tailored to meet/exceed your specific viewing preferences, which allows you to view the screen from almost any fixed position.

If you’re looking for more room on your desk, the UltraSharp 24 USB-C version offers the same visual display and overall experience as its predecessor, except it is 30% smaller. Now, you can free up a greater portion of your valued desk space.

The UltraSharp 25 monitor is a horse of a different color. Color is the keyword. With this monitor, you can expect vivid/accurate color precision and it’s the ideal color to suit your viewing needs on the professional level.

Think presentations or even graphic design projects. Each monitor comes out of the box with factory-color calibrated enhancements, which makes any color differences between the desired color and onscreen color completely unnoticeable to the naked eye.

Routers

While broadband modems play a key role in any Internet-connected business, it’s recommended that you get yourself a wireless router. That’s right. Cut the cables and never look back. A wireless router acts as an internet splitter, which means that all of your devices can be connected from anywhere within the range of your router.

Not only that, but most modern wireless routers come with built-in firewalls, as well as the ability to limit networks strictly to computers that you trust. This means more safety and privacy for your computer.

When choosing a router, it’s important to consider bandwidth as well. Your business runs on bandwidth and having sufficient speed enables your day to day operation to run as fast as your internet.

Dell has quite a few routers on sale now that meet these criteria. The Netgear R7000 Nighthawk wireless routers provide high-speed Wi-Fi capabilities that can go up to 1,900 Mbps. That’s not just fast, that’s blazing fast.

The bandwidth can even be prioritized between work and play. The Netgear C3600 wireless dual-band router comes with built-in double firewall protection and allows you to create a separate secure network from visitors and guests with ease.

Network server

A network server is designed to act as the central hub of your network and assists in providing various resources like hardware access, disk space, printer access, etc,. to other computers in the network.

While personal computers can often act as a network server, a dedicated server will give you the advantages of a faster CPU (Central Processing Unit), higher-performance memory and increased storage capacity. Having a solid network server solution can be very effective when it comes to supporting your database, email applications, and other files. They can even provide better security and backup options.

Dell’s PowerEdge series network servers offer power, versatility, and efficiency. For example, the R230 Rack Server allows you to combine data from multiple laptops or desktops onto a single server and drive a greater amount of memory performance.

The PowerEdge R360 two-socket rack server delivers a certain degree of substance and productivity. It is truly ideal for virtualization, driving business applications or running transaction-based systems.

If security and manageability are your primary focus, the T140 tower server is another great option to consider. It’s easy to use, secure, and provides a practical server for growing businesses, even at the earliest stages of development.

It’s perfect for file and print, mail and messaging, point of sale, and finance business applications. Additionally, a comprehensive and strong foundation with security built into every server helps you to better protect your data as well as your customer’s data.

Adapters/docking stations

Sometimes referred to as a universal port replicator, a docking station is a piece of hardware that allows portable computers to connect with other devices with little or no effort. Docking stations enable users with a laptop computer to convert it into a desktop computer in your office.

It’s important that you choose a dock that matches your needs as well as the devices that you have already invested in. You may consider:

  • What kind of user you are.
  • The number of peripherals you need the dock to support.
  • Where the docks will be used.

The Dell Business Dock – WD15 provides a solid docking experience for both Dell and non-Dell platforms. This means you can quickly connect your laptop, tablet, or mobile device to a single data/power source up to 130W for Dell devices and 60W for non-Dell devices.

With Dell Dock, you can enjoy an easy and reliable connection from your laptop or tablet to a single FHD or 4k display. It includes a 180-watt power adapter as well.

On the other hand, there is the Dell Business Thunderbolt Dock. Dell’s Thunderbolt 3 technology is designed for users who want power. It’s a great option for traditional workstation clients.

Additionally, it has the ability to connect up to three FHD displays, two 4K displays, or one 5K display at 60Hz. With its 18o power adapter, you can connect your mobile workstation to a single data and power source as well, which makes for lightning-fast data transfers consisting of large files.

Bonus: Small Business Advisors

Dell understands that every business is different and that’s why their Small Business Central is your 24/7 resource for game-changing ideas and insights as well as practical solutions and advice. All tailored to the unique challenges of managing and growing your small business.

Dell’s team of Small Business Advisors are ready to help you with advice and one-on-one partnership to grow your business. You can reach them through Live Chat, buy calling 1-877-BUY-Dell or clicking here!

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