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Why using outdated hardware is a bad choice for productivity and efficiency

EBS encounters businesses of various shapes and sizes on a daily basis and it is staggering the number of companies that still use outdated technology to complete their processes.

In an era of cloud infrastructure, superfast systems and efficient software solutions, there’s no room for businesses to still be relying on technology that was introduced more than a decade ago.

Did you know that in 2014, the NHS agreed to a multi-million figure deal with Microsoft to exclusively continue supporting Windows XP, which was released in 2001?

Is it a coincidence that the NHS was the main target for the WannaCry attack in 2017? We’ll let you decide.

In late 2017 the Met Police embarrassingly announced that less than one in 4,000 personal computers were operating with the latest version of Windows.

New technologies improve efficiency, fact If you get the right ones, that is.

Leaders in industries such as manufacturing advocate the investment in new technology to drive productivity. We couldn’t agree more – we see the benefits of new technology day in, day out.

Let’s talk about laptops and PCs

With the new eighth generation of Intel processors providing up to 5 GHz of turbo frequency from up to six cores, the potential for speed and power has never been higher.

For anybody who isn’t extra-technical, that’s a ground-breaking amount of power for a tiny processor.

Compared with the dual-core, 1.6 GHz average speed of a processor ten years ago, it’s clear to see that power and speed is increasing rapidly.

The amount of businesses and professionals who still use technology this far behind is, as we have explained, quite surprising.

The speed of a laptop/PC is just one factor to focus on, too. The development of memory, display, portability, connectivity and much more are all developing at a similar pace.

A popular HP laptop from ten years ago would have featured a 160GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM, while a standard model this year boasts a 1TB hard drive and 16GB of RAM.

You get the picture: if you’re using an old laptop or PC, you’re missing out on power that drives efficiency. Upgrading will save you time spent waiting for programmes to load and files to transfer.

How much time do you think could be saved if you cut down loading times by just a few seconds per task, if you add it all up across the entire year?

We talk about HP laptops a lot here at EBS because they are the manufacturer we recommend to businesses who are looking to upgrade their hardware.

More than 70% of the world’s global 100 are powered by HP servers due to their high efficiency, performance and management. Their laptops and PCs are no different.

How to upgrade

The in-house EBS hardware team is always busy in the build room; configuring systems and installing solutions to high-powered devices which are delivered to individuals who work for businesses from the widest range of industries.

We don’t exclusively offer HP devices – we understand that each person has their own preferences. We’re all about flexibility and delivering what is requested by our customers, so we can provide other systems, even Apple products.

Your budget will determine the specification of each device. We can provide more basic devices which will undoubtedly have a positive impact on your business’ efficiency, but we can also provide top-of-the-range mobile workstations for the most demanding of tasks.

To discover more of what we have to offer, please visit our dedicated web page here or call our hardware team on 0121 384 2513.