Computers to run Commusoft on - 2019

Paul Hewson

We're completing the trilogy! We've already covered our recommended smartphones and tablets for 2019 - the final piece is our guide to desktop and laptop computers for your office.

Whether you have a home office or fully-staffed headquarters, your office is the heart of your business and it's where you manage your engineers from. Therefore, it's important to make sure your business operations are underpinned by both reliable hardware and powerful job management software.

This doesn't mean field service businesses need to break the bank though - yes, cost does usually represent quality when it comes to computers - however, we have a variety of recommendations suitable for different sized businesses.

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Minimum requirements

Every piece of software has a minimum specification. This is the minimum build that the software will work on, as stated by the provider. It's important to understand, however, that a device with the minimum specs will result in minimal performance.

Your experience of Commusoft, especially for clients with large databases (i.e. thousands of jobs, estimates, parts etc.) is only ever as good as the hardware you run it on.

Our minimum requirements for computers are an Intel i5 processor (or equivalent), 6GB of RAM, and a screen resolution of 1300x768.

However, we'd recommend an Intel i7 processor and 8GB of RAM, to ensure you're getting reliable performance that will continue to support your business into the future.

Whether your office staff are tracking live locations and scheduling jobs, importing large parts lists, or raising invoices, they're central to your business and need hardware that performs above minimum requirements.

What does your computer need to handle?

Not everybody uses their computer for the same things. It seems obvious, but the more you require from your computer, the more powerful it needs to be.

For example, let's say your computer can handle you running Commusoft, Microsoft Office, and a web-based email client. What if you throw in Sage 50cloud or QuickBooks Desktop too? Or managing hundreds of emails per day with Outlook Desktop? Let's not even get into marketing and design tools that your business may be using.

As you start taking on more tools and software, you may find your computer slowing down or becoming less reliable. That's why it's good business sense to invest in hardware that can go the distance. Don't just think about whether it will do the job today, but how it will be handling your workload in a few years time.

Recommended devices

Commusoft is a web-based application, meaning you can run it on any type of computer that supports browsers like Google Chrome (our recommended browser!), Safari, Firefox, or Explorer. So it's ultimately up to you which operating system you choose.

Make sure you do your own research too. These aren't the only great computers out there!

With our recommendations below we've included a price and link to a retailer, however, you may find better prices by shopping around. If you're purchasing many devices, it's worth seeing if they offer business pricing or bulk discounts.

Laptops

Laptops now dominate the computer market. Portability and flexibility are key, even for businesses, so laptops may be a sensible choice for your office staff. Investing in an additional monitor may be a smart ideas for those spending all day scheduling jobs and managing diaries. A few recommendations:

HP Pavilion 15-cs1506sa HP Pavilion 15-cs1506sa

Price: £799 - PC World

  • System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8565U up to 4.6GHz
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 14"
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Disc drive: No

Pros: Affordable | Great performance
Cons: Solid state hard drive trades speed for size

Lenovo Ideapad 530S

Lenovo Ideapad 530S

Price: £849 - PC World

  • System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8550U up to 3.7GHz
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 14"
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Disc drive: No

Pros: Good performance
Cons: Less powerful i7 processor | Not a huge amount of storage

Dell Inspiron 15 7000

Dell Inspiron 15 7000

Price: £899 - PC World

  • System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8565U up to 4.6GHz
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6"
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Disc drive: No

Pros: Great performance | Large display | Large SSD
Cons: -

MacBook Air 13" Retina

MacBook Air 13" Retina

Price: From £1,199 - Apple

  • System: macOS
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 up to 3.6GHz
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 128GB SSD
  • Display: 13.3" Retina
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • Disc drive: No

Pros: Good performance | Retina display | Fantastic design
Cons: Fast but small solid state hard drive

MacBook Pro 13-inch

MacBook Pro 13-inchPrice: From £1,249 - Apple

  • System: macOS
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 up to 3.6GHz
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Storage: 128GB SSD
  • Display: 13" Retina
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • Disc drive: No

Pros: Good performance | Retina display | Fantastic design
Cons: Fast but small solid state hard drive

Desktops

If your office staff don't require flexibility and will always be working from one location, you may wish to opt for desktops. The large PC towers of the 90s and early 2000s have mostly been replaced with compact desktops and all-in-one monitor/ computer combos. Check out our recommendations:

HP ProDesk 400 Small Form Factor i7
HP ProDesk 400 Small Form Factor i7

Price: £718 - HP

  • Style: Compact desktop
  • System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8700 up to 4.6GHz
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Dimensions: 27 x 29.6 x 9.5cm
  • Disc drive: Yes

Pros: Affordable | Great performance | Compact size
Cons: Not a huge amount of storage

ACER S24-880 All-in-One

ACER S24-880 All-in-One

Price: £899 - PC World

  • Style: All-in-one
  • System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7+8550U up to 4GHz
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 23.8"
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Disc drive: No

Pros: Good performance | Large display
Cons: Less powerful i7 processor | Not a huge amount of storage

Mac mini

Mac mini newPrice: £1,099 - Apple

  • Style: Compact desktop
  • System: macOS
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 up to 4.1GHz
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Dimensions: 19.7 x 19.7 x 3.6cm

Pros: Good performance | Small size
Cons: Less processing power compared to others |Not a huge amount of storage

21.5-inch iMac

21.5-inch iMac

Price: From £1,049 - Apple

  • Style: All-in-one
  • System: macOS
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 up to 3.6GHz
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1TB Serial Drive
  • Display: 21.5"
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Disc drive: No

Pros: Good performance | Fantastic design | Large HDD
Cons: Intel Core i7 available for additional cost

HP ProOne 600 All-in-One 

HP ProOne 600 All-in-One

Price: £1,1380 - HP

  • Style: All-in-one
  • System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8700 up to 4.6GHz
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 21.5"
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Disc drive: DVD

Pros: Fantastic performance | Can handle a big workload | Touchscreen
Cons: -

That wraps up our recommendations for laptops and desktops to run your job management software. If you have any further questions about recommended devices, please don't hesitate to reach out on Twitter or Facebook.

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