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5228111ldWe're spoiled for choice when it comes to desktop computers, so it's important to weigh up your options to ensure all your people have the best tool for the job.

Whatever your business, not everyone's needs are the same when it comes to desktop computers. Admin staff might not need a powerhouse PC but extra screen real estate can certainly offer a productivity boost if it means they can work on multiple documents side by side.

Meanwhile, those who need extra grunt for high-end tasks such as multimedia work will benefit from a powerhouse PC that can keep up with the pace, and perhaps won't care about the smaller footprint and stylish design offered by an all-in-one PC.

People tend to use "workstation" and "desktop" interchangeably, but they don't mean the same thing when you're choosing workplace PCs. Desktops are designed for your average day-to-day tasks, while workstations pack the extra grunt required for high-end work. Issuing these staff with standards desktops to save money is a false economy, as you'll feel the cost in terms of lost productivity.

The HP Pavilion 23inch AIO Touchscreen Desktop PC can meet the ne...

what-are-the-differences-between-the-oculus-riftThere are many differences between the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR headsets, so it's important to understand them – and others – when choosing the best virtual reality experience for your business.

Virtual reality offers a great way to share your big ideas with clients, show potential customers what you have to offer or bring your business data to life in the boardroom. Rather than simply presenting a slideshow or screening a video, you can put them right in the middle of the action.

All virtual reality headsets basically work the same way, offering a slightly different view of the world to each eye to create the illusion of depth and help produce an immersive VR experience. The key difference is that headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive feature built-in screens, whereas the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard rely on a smartphone to act as the screen.

VR headsets that rely on smartphones are completely wireless, making them much more portable than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, which...

laptop-securityEvery time you carry a laptop out the office door you're taking sensitive business information out into the wild, so it's vital to ensure your security is tight.

Laptops are great for staying productive on the road, but you need to take precautions should they fall into the wrong hands. It's important to password protect your laptop and ensure the password is required to unlock the screen saver or wake the laptop from hibernation, not just when you reboot the computer.

While you're at it, it's worth setting up a "Standard" Windows user account rather than sticking with the default account that has "Administrator" rights. Your people shouldn't need Administrator rights to perform day-to-day tasks; they're only required when installing new software or changing important settings.

Using a Standard user account makes it much more difficult for malware to get a foothold on your laptop and quietly install itself in the background.

As an extra level of protection, you might look to software that lets you create a secure encrypted container on your computer, for storing sensitive business documents. This kind of software can also include remote lock and wipe featu...

video-walls-helpA wall of video screens is a great way to impress the crowds at a conference or trade show when you're out to make a big impression.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but that's not much help if the people down the back can't see what you've got on show. Sure, monitors keep getting bigger and high-end projectors can pack a lot of punch, but when it comes to a crowded room nothing cuts through quite like a wall-sized screen that says "we mean business".

Alternatively, a video wall can make a great first impression when people are visiting your business. Video walls can handle boardroom presentations, display critical information in your operations centre or simply impress people walking into your foyer or across your retail floor.

Rather than relying on a single wall-sized monitor, video walls work by linking multiple monitors to act as one hefty screen. Each monitor features a super-thin bezel around the edge to help create the illusion that you're looking at one giant screen. Some video walls are designed to hang on a wall while others come with their own stand to give you more flexibility when planning your presentation area.

All the monit...

putting-ipads-to-workIf paperwork is slowing your business down then iPads could be the key to a productivity overhaul.

Paperwork might seem like a necessary evil when you run a business, but it can quickly get out of control. If your desk is buried under piles of documents, or the back seat of your car has become a make-shift filing cabinet, then it's time to rethink your approach to paperwork.

The dream of a truly paperless office isn't realistic in some industries, but every business can aspire to be a "less-paper" office. In the long run, it's not just about saving trees and reducing your printing costs, it's also about improving your workflows, being more productive away from the office and even opening up new business opportunities.

The key to reducing your reliance on paper is to digitise your workflows and that's where a lightweight but powerful tablet like Apple's iPad comes into play.

An iPad can put everything you need at your fingertips, far beyond simply accessing your email, calendar and contacts. A secure document management system can put an entire filing cabinet at your disposal, from installation manuals and building plans to customer contra...