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What DC Businesses Should Know About Mini PCs and Micro Computers

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
June 10, 2015

In business, sometimes good things come in small packages. The desktop (literal not virtual) is a valuable piece of real estate — especially in the DC area, where office space typically comes with a high price tag — and anything that can expand its usable space is worth a look.

One way is to get a bigger desk. Another, more practical solution is to replace that cumbersome desktop computer with something that has a smaller footprint. That could be a laptop computer, an all-in-one PC, or a third option that is gaining in popularity - a mini desktop PC.

They're not for everyone, and there are pros and cons. But, mini PCs can fill some niche business needs, and in some cases may even suffice for all your computing needs. 

Mini desktops come from a variety of manufacturers, including Apple, Dell, Google, Asus, and HP, just to name a few. Small, compact desktop PCs are generally not as quick as full-sized desktop computers, but they make up for that by taking up less space, a trait that’s valuable for those with cluttered desks, or cramped workspaces. Since real estate and rent values in the DC area are so high, this may be an appealing option for many local businesses. While not as powerful as large desktops, most mini PCs can keep pace with, and even surpass, the performance of most laptops.

Read on for the PROs and CONs of mini PC's and micro computers, as well as the bottom line: are they a fit for DC businesses, or not?

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