Desktop and Workstation PCs-What's the Difference?
When it comes to your business, it can be tempting to want the best equipment on the market. However, it's worth it to consider what your needs are and what would serve them best. Computers are no exception. Nearly all businesses rely on computers to some extent — even if it's just for maintaining a web presence or corresponding with customers. In many cases, a standard desktop PC will do. However, upgrading to a more powerful workstation can be worth it in some scenarios.
If you're confused about the difference between a desktop computer and a workstation, keep reading. This article examines the pros and cons of each, as well as their applications in business.
What is a Workstation PC?
Most people know that a standard home computer is what's known as a desktop PC. A workstation is simply a more powerful version of that, often one that's built for a specific task. Workstations may have multiple processor cores, more RAM, improved graphics, and other technical upgrades that enhance speed, security, and reliability.
Of course, these additional features come with a higher price. Depending on the features and functionality you're looking for, a workstation may be up to double the price of a desktop PC. That's a significant difference, especially if you need to purchase multiple units for your business.
Why Choose a Desktop PC for Business Use?
The main benefits of a desktop PC include its lower price and ease of use. Most employees are familiar with standard Windows-based applications and will have no difficulty learning how to use your specialized business software.
For this reason, in many office environments, a well-designed desktop PC will be suitable for most of your employees' needs. Some exceptions may include healthcare, banking, and government organizations, which often have privacy or security requirements that demand specialized computing systems.
Why and When to Choose a Workstation
In recent years, many services and applications — including Microsoft Office and the Adobe suite of products — have adopted cloud-based delivery models. This is great for home users, who can now do more with less powerful, and less expensive, machines. For businesses, however, it means that a standard desktop PC may not have the capacity to run the programs and applications they require. Often, specialized enterprise software platforms will only run on workstation computers.
In addition to its enhanced functionality, a workstation is more likely to deliver better reliability and security, more options for upgrading and a longer service life than a typical desktop PC. Businesses that regularly perform audio or video editing, extensive data processing, CAD drafting, or other processor-heavy tasks can benefit from upgrading to a workstation. Workstations are also ideal for complex logistical operations, where unanticipated downtime can have significant financial consequences.
Choosing the Right Desktop Computer or Workstation
Choosing the right desktop PC or enterprise-grade workstation will require a careful consideration of your needs. In many cases, buying a certified refurbished product can save you money and stretch your budget further. To learn more about our products, and how DBK Concepts can help you find the right machine for your needs, contact our office today.
*Updated April 20, 2018