Microcomputers: Small size, big impact on businesses


November 23, 2016

Computers come in all different shapes, sizes, colors and types. You’ve heard of the desktop and laptop varieties, but what about a microcomputer?

The 411 on microcomputers

A microcomputer is essentially what it sounds like: a complete computer built on a smaller-than-normal scale. I know what you’re thinking – with reduced size must come reduced capability, right? Thankfully, that’s not the case at all. Although some microcomputers are small enough to fit in your pocket, they offer the same features as their larger equivalents, including significant hard drive space, Wi-Fi, HDMI and Bluetooth capabilities, USB ports and an audio jack. Just plug your microcomputer into a TV or monitor’s USB port and all your stored data is immediately available to you.

What’s more, microcomputers have no movable parts, which means they run without overheating or making excessive noise. They’re also much more durable than laptops or desktops, and have a far lower chance of experiencing drive failure (the culprit behind a large portion of computer malfunctions).

Microcomputers typically run Windows 10, but you can install any operating system you like. They boot up super-fast (less than 8 seconds for mine), can be mounted to the back of your monitor for easy storage and concealment, and are able to run multiple programs at once – including Adobe Design products.

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Why incorporate microcomputers into your small business?

I cannot overstress the benefits of microcomputers to small businesses. Their price point may run a little higher than traditional desktop or laptops, but they greatly simplify technology setups. For instance, no one wants a cumbersome desktop and hard drive in their conference room, so why not simply attach a microcomputer to the back of a flat-screen? Ever see TVs displaying videos in office lobbies? They most likely employ microcomputers as well!

The only disadvantage of microcomputers is that they don’t include a DVD/CD player. Of course, you can opt for a USB-detachable player, but if you are one of those people who prefers listening to CDs over using iTunes or Spotify, microcomputers might not be a good fit for you.

That said, I myself use a microcomputer as my work computer, and I love it. The only problem is that everyone else in my family does too! If you’re looking for a compact yet versatile computer for your business, why not give microcomputers a try?

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