In recent years, working in a home office has become the norm. Professional equipment also includes a PC for the home office. But which system is best suited? And what does a PC for the home office need to be able to do? This article will help you decide what to buy and show you which essential points.

How do I find a suitable PC for the home office?

The first question on the way to a computer for the home office is: What work do I do on the PC? Most tasks do not require particularly powerful systems. For example, if you calculate 3D CAD models, you will benefit from a powerful and expensive graphics card. On the other hand, if you do office work, a typical computer will do just fine.

Another important point concerns the type of work. If you often work on the road, a laptop is appropriate. On the other hand, if you only need a stationary computer for your home office, a classic desktop PC is the better choice. Based on this, you can narrow down your choice with the following five tips.

Tip 1: Pay attention to the configuration options

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Individual configuration options are one of the most important points when buying a PC for the home office. Only then can you buy a computer that provides precisely the performance you need.

It starts with the CPU. There are considerable differences in performance and application. You can choose an economical processor with two cores, which is perfectly adequate for office work. On the other hand, powerful desktop CPUs have 4 or 8 cores and can work on 16 or more processes simultaneously, thanks to multithreading.

The size of the RAM should also be configurable. Many PCs in the home office are sufficiently equipped with 8 GB. However, those who work with databases and memory-intensive programmes easily need 16 or 32 GB of RAM.

It is also important that you have a choice of the operating system. You may be dependent on special applications that require Linux. In this case, it is helpful if you can freely choose an operating system when buying. Also, make sure that no unnecessary software is pre-installed. They usually only hinder your work in the home office. Such programmes are also called bloatware.

These are the most important points when configuring a PC for the home office:

  • Processor 
  • Working memory
  • Hard disk
  • Operating system

Tip 2: Consider interfaces

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Without interfaces, most computers are only worth half. The various interfaces on computers make it possible to use printers, monitors, external hard drives and other peripheral devices.

It is also important to pay attention to current standards for interfaces. While many USB 2.0 ports are helpful, more and more devices require or benefit from USB 3.0. The necessary interfaces that a modern PC should have include:

  • USB in various standards from 2.0 to USB-C
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI

Especially in professional use, you may need many interfaces or exotic standards. In this case, an additional modular connection is helpful. For example, you can add a second Ethernet connection or an RS232 interface to your home office computer.

The internal interfaces are also necessary. This point is often forgotten. If there are not enough internal interfaces, it is difficult to expand the system later. The interfaces enable, for example, the installation of another hard disk or the expansion of the working memory. Therefore, also pay attention to the number and presence of these interfaces:

  • Main memory (RAM)
  • M.2 slots
  • SATA interfaces

Many people want to wirelessly integrate the new PC for the home office into the network. This is only possible without a diversion if the system natively has WLAN. While this is standard for laptops, not all desktops offer this function. The same applies to Bluetooth. Anyone who needs this should pay explicit attention to it when buying.

Tip 3: An extended warranty is an advantage

When buying a computer, you should pay attention to the warranty. There are significant differences here. Every customer in Switzerland has a warranty claim of 2 years from the date of purchase. During this time, the seller is the contact person and must take care of the matter. Anything beyond that falls under the manufacturer’s warranty, and it is voluntary.

In many cases, there is no guarantee beyond the two years. If there is, it is worth looking at the scope of the warranty and how it is actually handled. In some cases, an extended warranty only applies to particular components. If the manufacturer is also based abroad, costs will be incurred for shipping the PC. As a rule, you have to bear these costs.

If a component breaks after just over two years, it is annoying if there is no extended warranty. Then the costs fall on you. It is helpful if the manufacturer offers an extended warranty based in Switzerland. Then it is possible to send in the PC at a reasonable price even after several years.

Prime Computer grants you a bring-in guarantee of five or three years, depending on the product type. The products are manufactured with the highest quality components and outstanding care.

Tip 4: Look for environmentally friendly systems – this has several advantages

Green IT is on everyone’s lips. When buying a PC for the home office, it also makes sense to opt for an environmentally friendly system. There are also practical reasons and advantages.

Green IT emphasises energy-saving and efficient components, which means that such a PC requires significantly less electricity. This is an exciting aspect, especially in the home office when your computer runs seven or more hours a day. An economical PC in the home office thus keeps electricity costs low.

An environmentally friendly and energy-efficient PC also produces much less waste heat. This is an advantage in summer, and your home office will not heat up as much. If you don’t have air conditioning, the heat can quickly become unbearable in summer. An energy-efficient PC helps prevent such situations.

Tip 5: A PC for the home office should be as quiet as possible

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A quiet environment is important in the home office. Only then can you work in a concentrated way. In many cases, the computer is the source of most noise, and this is due to the various fans that are built into most PCs.

However, there is another way. Completely silent computers are available, especially for use as workstations. With these, the fans are replaced by passive cooling systems. Thus, computers without fans are completely silent even under load during operation.

The advantages of a fanless PC include silence and low power consumption. This is automatic because the components that generate little waste heat are also very energy-efficient. Moreover, such noiseless PCs are usually tiny. This means you can place the small and silent PC in the office space-saving, for example, behind the monitor.

Which Prime Computer solution is suitable as a home office PC?

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Prime Computer offers you several systems that are well suited as PCs for the home office. First and foremost is the PrimeBook Circular, Prime Computer’s first sustainable laptop that allows you to work from anywhere. If you opt for a stationary PC, we recommend the PrimeMini 5. Other options, such as the PrimeMini Connect, are also suitable as a thin client for the home office.

The best way to find the right PC is through a consultation. At Prime Computer you will receive a personal consultation and we will then inform you where you can purchase our products. Based on your requirements, Prime Computer will configure the right system for your home office or other tasks.

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