• What PC or Laptop Specifications Should I Aim For?
Firstly, just like choosing any other hardware, you need to think about the specifications. For computers, we recommend the following as a solid baseline to aim for:
These specifications cover PC/Laptops with Windows & iMac/Macbooks with MacOS.
Although the minimum specifications to run Commusoft are lower than those above (8GB of RAM and an i5 processor), it’s always best to go above and beyond the minimum requirement. This ensures you will get a reliable performance that will continue to support your services into the future.
Whether your office staff are tracking live locations and scheduling jobs, importing large parts lists, or raising invoices, they’re central to your business and need hardware that performs above minimum requirements.
• What Will You Use Your PC or Laptop For?
Not everybody uses their computer for the same reasons.
It seems obvious, but the more you require from your computer, the more powerful it needs to be.
For example, let’s say your computer can handle you running Job management software, Microsoft Office, and a web-based email client. What if you throw in Sage 50cloud or QuickBooks Desktop, too?
Or how about managing hundreds of emails per day with Outlook Desktop?
That’s not even considering marketing or sales, who might use design tools, like Photoshop…
Different software takes up varying amounts of processing power and minimum specifications will struggle to support your needs if you go too low on your device’s specs.
As you start taking on more tools and software, you may find your computer slowing down or becoming less reliable, especially if you skimped on the specs at the start.
That’s why it’s best to go for recommended (or higher) specifications and invest in hardware that really can go the distance.
Remember: Don’t just think about whether your hardware will do the job today, but consider how it will handle your workload for at least 2-3 years, and perhaps longer, too.
• The Best PC and Laptop Devices We Recommend:
When purchasing new computers to run job management or any type of software, it’s always good to know how they run, i.e. a web-based application (like Commusoft) or a desktop application.
Desktop applications will ultimately take up more memory as you will need to download them to your computer.
For web-based applications, you are able to run software on any type of computer that supports browsers like Google Chrome (our recommended browser), Safari, Firefox, or Edge.
With our PC and Laptop hardware recommendations below, we’ve also included a price and link to a retailer. However, you may find better prices by shopping around and ultimately, it’s up to you which type of operating system you choose.
Note: If you’re purchasing lots of devices, it’s worth seeing if the seller offers business pricing or bulk order discounts.
• The Best PCs/Desktops
If your staff only work from the office then you may prefer to buy desktop computers.
You are now able to buy all-in-one PCs which is where the computer is built into the screen itself. Alternatively, you can buy small and compact desktops that take up minimal room and act as reliable alternatives to traditional, bulkier towers.