Technology Acquisition – Desktop Computer Shopping
Technology Acquisition – Desktop Computer Shopping via the Internet is a way that companies and individuals get the latest technology. No longer is it the computer salesman at the office or going into a brick and mortar store.
One of the first things that we found is most of the larger companies like HP, Dell, and Lenovo have great selections of desktops. The major issue that you quickly discover is that the technology they are selling you is at least 3 to 5 years old. In some cases, the desktops and laptops are close to end of life.
A sign of the age of technology offered is the appearance of those offerings in big box stores and special sales which discount those configurations by 20% to 50% off of list prices. That is not hard to understand when you look at the business model for those companies. By the time the technology is released and made stable, the companies need to ramp up manufacturing to hit the masses. However, these same vendors will go thru “real-time” product refreshes to update to more recent technology and stay relevant – but they still are behind the technology curve.
A better solution
In our last acquisition for power desktop workstations we found a company that really stood out – Velocity Micro (VM) – https://www.velocitymicro.com. VM sells custom desktop computers that are worth a look for the following reasons:
- The company assembles and stress tests 100% of the computers they sell. As an added benefit they do all of this in the U.S. That is opposed to some of the major manufacturers who send 100% of their order to China, only do power on test and then ship it to the U.S.
- Ordered equipment is usually delivered in a less than 2 weeks. That is a far cry from 3 to 4 week delivery time for desktops configured in the U.S., assembled in the China, and then shipped to the customer.
- VM has a dedicated support staff that is in the U.S. and has the unique ability to listen to customer requirements. The majors have preset packages that they push even they do not fit the customer’s requirements.
- VM does not add “bloatware” to the computers it sells. Almost every major vendor ships computers with not only “free” software trials, but also software that ties the computer to them with preset proprietary software.
- VM ships systems with a basic OS and OEM media. With that if the system OS needs to be regenerated, the user has all of the options available to the user.
- The cost of the power professional workstation from VM was just over $3,000. A similar, but less powerful system from HP and Dell was configured at a cost of $4,200.
For those reasons, we strongly recommend Velocity Micro as a vendor to evaluate when looking for technology acquisition.