Is your small business “making do” with computers that are several years old? You may think using old computers until they wear out is smart money management. In reality, it’s costing your business money, time and credibility. In fact, you could be sacrificing your business’s full growth potential to save a few dollars.

Upgrading your old systems to new ones can significantly increase your team’s productivity and your business’s success. It’s an investment in your business’s future that will pay off right away.

Is it time to upgrade your PC?

Your 5-year-old PCs may still be working—but are they working as efficiently as they could be? According to the J. Gold Associates study PCs in Small Business: Why Older is Not Better,

  • Employees are 29% less productive on PCs that are 5 or more years old.
  • Every 5-year-old computer you have could be costing you up to $17,000 per year in lost productivity.
  • Waiting for an old PC to start up wastes an average of 11 hours a year per employee.

Using old PCs for your business is like driving a clunker car to a client meeting when you could be pulling up in a luxury sedan.

The PC: Your must-have business tool

Yes, you can do a lot of things on your smartphone—but you can’t run a business from one (not really). PCs remain indispensable to how small businesses get real work done today: fast and on the go.

Offering compatibility with Windows, state-of-the-art security features, computing power, and the convenience and flexibility of larger screens, PCs have benefits that smartphones just can’t offer. Today’s PCs come in a wide range of form factors, with rugged design for mobile use, plus touch-screen and pen-based input options for maximum flexibility. No longer limited to desktop models, strong performance and durability now come in thin and light designs that deliver premium productivity to keep your business moving forward.

New PCs can provide your business with:

  • Speed: 8th Generation Intel® CoreTM processors help your employees get more done with up to 2.3x faster multitasking than a 5-year-old PC. ,
  • Reliability: Whether on the road or in the office, you and your team will enjoy longer battery life with PCs with 8th Generation Intel® CoreTM processors. They last up to 10 hours on a charge , so there’s nothing to slow your business down.
  • Web performance: Working in the cloud is essential for business today—which means fast web performance matters. PCs with 8th Generation Intel® CoreTM processors boast up to 1.9x better web performance compared to 5-year-old PCs, so you can your team can work seamlessly across your cloud applications.,

There’s a wide range of PCs to suit every need.

If you need strong performance and responsiveness for daily business and back-office tasks such as inventory management, CRM, and accounting:

Then try 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor-based desktops. Do you also want a large screen size to inspire creativity? Then check out 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor-based All-in-One (AIO) desktops to unleash innovation and reduce office clutter.

If you need computers suited for business travel or remote work:

Then try thin and light PCs with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processors. These mobile-friendly PCs let you tackle compute-heavy tasks that could previously only be done on a desktop.

If you need computers computer to enhance your customer-facing capabilities:

Then either 2-in-1 or thin and light computers powered by 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processors could be the right fit. These devices let your users interact with and sell to customers quickly and conveniently, with touch capabilities that dazzle clients.

Why now is a great time to upgrade your PCs

New PCs can give your small business the confidence that comes with enhanced cyber security. Here’s another change you should be making: moving up to Windows 10.

Did you know that according to NetMarketShare’s September 2018 data, 42.19% of users are still using Windows 7 – compared to the 34.47% who have moved on to the latest operating system, Windows 10? By January 14, 2020, extended support for Windows 7 will end, making an upgrade an absolutely essential task for the safety of your PCs.

To get the most from your Windows 10 upgrade, why not purchase new PCs? You’ll enhance the performance of your new operating system by pairing it with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor-based computers.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes now the perfect time to upgrade. Starting with 2018 tax filing, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) now allows small and medium-sized businesses to deduct 100 percent of the cost of new equipment up to $1 million. The deduction is immediate—meaning you don’t have to wait until tax season to realize the benefits. The new law also means you no longer need to keep detailed records of how your computers are used. Any computer used at least 51 percent for business purposes is deductible. Invest in new PCs now before the tax year ends, and enjoy the benefits right away.

Power up your business with new PCs

Still on the fence about upgrading your PCs? Consider this: Fast-growth small and midsized businesses (those growing between 10% and 99% annually) and hyper-growth small and mid-sized businesses (those growing 100% or more annually) are much more likely than slow- or no-growth businesses to say technology is “essential” to their success. They’re also much more likely to aggressively adopt technology than their slower-growth peers.

In contrast, more than 40% of slow or no-growth SMBs drag their feet on technology investments, waiting until a technology is proven or until a purchase is “absolutely necessary.”

Do you want to be in the fast-growth camp—or the no-growth camp? Upgrading your PCs can make all the difference.

Learn more about how new PCs with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processors can change your business.

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