Despite premature reports of its demise, the PC market in Europe continues to perform relatively well.
In fact, it’s expected to continue a CAGR of 0.6% throughout 2020, at which point European sales will reach an impressive $105.2 billion (£81.6 billion) by the end of this year.
This growth and demand is largely driven by the commercial market, of course, which continues to rely on PCs and Macs to drive productivity in the workplace.
But what are the key components in a PC, and what should you look for as a business-owner? Let’s find out!
1. A Dual or Quad-Core CPU
The central processing unit (CPU) is the powerful computer chip at the heart of your PC, and a component that performs all the heavy lifting whether you’re creating a Word document, editing it or browsing the Internet.
The speed and specification of a CPU has a direct influence on how fast your PC runs overall, while this is measured in Gigahertz (GHz) and must be measured alongside a unit’s available RAM and the presence (or lack) of a SSD hard disk.
Ultimately, we’d recommend buying computers with dual or quad-core CPUs, which pack additional power and can enhance performance considerably when looking to multitask in a busy office environment.
2. The Right Connector for the Right Task
Ultimately, there are numerous types of connector available for your PC, which enable users to connect seamlessly with other devices primarily for the purpose of sharing data.
It’s important to select different connectors for alternative tasks, however, as not all of these components have been created equal and there are subtle variations in terms of how they function.
For example, HDMI connectors, which are sold widely by suppliers such as RS Components, deliver the best video signal and are ideal when looking to connect a workplace PC to a television.
Conversely, DisplayPort (DP) is the best connector when looking to achieve a viable audio signal, and can transmit 144Hz up to 4k.
3. RAM and Hard Drives
We spoke earlier about random access memory (RAM), and this refers to the space that a computer utilises when in use.
It also has a direct impact on the speed and performance of your PC, and buying a unit complete with DDR3 or DDR4 RAM will provide access to the fastest possible processing speeds and minimise downtime switching between tasks.
You also need to give consideration to your computer’s hard drive, which provides a permanent memory source for the device.
If possible, try to prioritise a modern computer that features a solid state drive (SSD), as this provides improved performance and greater reliability over time.
Units with one terabyte (TB) should also be enough for most commercial uses, unless you work with large documents or video files on a regular basis.