Computers can be a significant investment for businesses. Depending on the hardware components and features, PCs can cost anywhere between $300 and $2,000 in Australia. In an effort to save money, business owners stretch out their computers’ lives for as long as possible. However, this is counterintuitive. There is a slew of reasons why older computers merely waste your company’s time and money.
Extensive maintenance costs
The prolonged use of computers tends to develop costly mechanical issues. This is often due to dust buildup in fans and heat sinks, causing the central processing unit (CPU) to overheat and damage internal components. If you use laptops, the constant jostling of physical components and extended usage of batteries can cause the system to degrade over time.
Whatever the source of the issue may be, sticking with an old computer means more trips to the computer repair technician. In fact, PCs upwards of four years old are three times more likely to require repairs, which quickly drives up costs.
The downtime from continual repairs hinders your company’s productivity and profitability. Plus, if you’re working with old computer models, finding spare parts and components may be difficult. Exact replacements for batteries, fans, monitors, and motherboards can cost a small fortune.
Even if you do find replacements, legacy hardware vendors and technicians may charge a premium to fix your old PC. According to a Microsoft report, maintaining a four-year-old PC in Australia costs $5,012. That’s enough to buy two brand new high-end computers. So rather than desperately trying to get more mileage out of your old PC, upgrading is more cost-effective in the long run.
It’s not unusual for older computers to slow down to a crawl. You may be able to tolerate one or two occasions of sluggish performance, but they can take a toll on your business. Let’s say it takes you 10 minutes to boot up your computer and another five minutes to load applications. If systems crash — which occurs frequently for older PCs — you’ll have to sit through the entire process again. This means simply getting your computer ready for work can go upwards of 30 minutes every day.
Startup times can also take much longer depending on other factors. You could be using more resource-intensive applications. Additionally, maxed-out hard drives, poor CPU ventilation, and running multiple programs at once contribute to slow system performance.
By opting for a more recent computer model, you won’t have to waste time waiting for software to load. For four to five years (the average life span of PCs), you’re guaranteed a smooth and productive working experience.
Every operating system (OS) and software application specify a list of components your computer must have to run them efficiently. Windows 10, for example, requires a 1 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of hard disk space, and a DirectX 9-capable graphics card.
Keep in mind that these are just the bare minimum requirements to run the OS. To run enterprise programs like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, you’ll need a stronger processor, more memory, and larger storage space.
Older computers don’t have the capacity to handle modern apps, so it’s easy to miss out on fruitful opportunities. If your PC can’t run the latest business intelligence software, analysing data and making informed strategies are much more difficult. Also, if your computer isn’t optimised for HD video conferencing, coordinating with partners and remote workers is a challenge. The point is clinging to an old system limits your company’s ability to streamline processes, increase productivity, and improve your bottom line.
Increased susceptibility to cyberattacks
The problem with old computers is that they usually have even older software installed, which puts your business at risk. Most software has an end-of-life date after which developers will no longer provide periodic updates and security patches for users. For instance, Windows 7’s end-of-life date on January 14, 2020 marks the end of Microsoft’s support for the OS. This means the longer you use a Windows 7 PC, the greater the chances hackers will find an unpatched vulnerability to exploit.
What’s worse, old computers are incompatible with the most recent security software, leaving you defenseless against sophisticated attacks. Network intrusions, phishing scams, and ransomware, in particular, are becoming more difficult to detect and prevent.
If a data breach does occur as a result of using outdated technology, the costs can put you out of business. According to a 2019 report, the average total cost of a data breach in Australia is a whopping $3 million. This includes direct financial losses, legal fines, and long-term damage to brand reputation. That’s why you need computers that can run fully supported software, advanced threat protection, and artificial intelligence-based defenses.
Given what’s at stake, there’s no good reason why you should keep using your old computer. It wastes your precious time, money, and your company’s safety. Purchasing a brand-new computer just to avoid these risks is worth the price no matter what industry you’re in.
As a leading managed IT services provider (MSP) in Australia, we can figure out whether your hardware is due for an upgrade. One of our many professional IT consultants will assess your systems and recommend the best PCs that meet your budget and needs. We’re also partnered with industry-leading vendors like Fujitsu, Lenovo, and Dell, so we can offer you the best deals. Call us now to stop wasting your time with old tech!