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It was much before our current working and learning habits were changed due to implications caused by the pandemic that commentators around the world questioned if desktop working had run its course. But as our society begins its next big transition from remote working to a new style of hybrid working and learning, the question remains as relevant as it did back then. So are there still benefits in investing in a desktop based device infrastructure for you school, workplace or university?

The very short answer we can give you is yes. There remains a multitude of situations and scenarios where users are going to benefit from the productivity and performance benefits that a desktop computing experience can deliver. There is no question that laptop-based experiences enable a greater amount of flexibility to work from anywhere, but it still is not without its flaws. Continue reading to discover 4 reasons why you should be considering a desktop-based approach to your next PC refresh.



We will start with the topic that most organisations we speak to associate between laptops and desktops, the price point. Whilst it is no secret that you can invest in a range of cost-effective laptop systems, when you weigh up pound for pound investments in device performance, the technologies within desktop SKUs can be much more affordable. Clearly the direct impact of this means that your organisation can be investing in a greater number of devices to cover user needs, but it also means in a much-changed society; your IT teams can be spending budget on complimentary solutions to support your device infrastructure. It is worth reiterating here that whilst desktops may be cheaper, this is not reflected in performance. In fact, AMD Ryzen™ Desktop Processors with PRO technologies deliver modern performance, security features, and seamless management for the most demanding business environments.



Greater performance has always been one of the standout features when comparing desktops to their more portable counterparts, and this remains true when you are looking at similar investments between the two platforms now. The 65W processor standards that Stone follow with their desktop range compared to a 15W mobile processor mean that the power utilised to run your machines are going to be much greater. When you take this and look at the generational leaps being taken with processors, these benefits are amplified again. For example, a StonePC powered by AMD Ryzen™ PRO 4000 Series Desktop Processors has been found to cut processing time in half over the previous generations, meaning that all your day-to-day to-do’s, can easily get done.


Productivity and Health

Now this is a big one. When you consider the changes that we all had to make to enable hybrid learning and remote working environments, many users were deployed with laptops that would enable them to continue performing their role, but not necessarily accounting for optimal user productivity and comfort. Did you know that when working your screen should be directly in front of you, about an arm’s length away and with the top of the screen roughly at eye level to ensure your posture is correct to avoid injury? This is a quite tricky thing to achieve when your users are working on just a laptop, so a desktop setup utilising a fixed structure with a monitor, mouse and keyboard set for comfort can really make a difference to productivity! Plus, with up to 8 cores, StonePCs powered by AMD Ryzen™ PRO 4000 Series Desktop Processors enable your users to crunch data or create content with ease. Power efficient, cool and quiet cutting-edge 7nm technology brings high performance to desktop PCs of all sizes – mini, small form factor, or tower.



Finally, security is huge when it comes to your device refresh decision. For obvious reasons, it can be much easier for you to secure the physical security of your desktop devices due to their size and ability to be Kensington locked. When you combine this with the fact you will not have users carrying around their devices with the possibility of accidents and added wear, there are clear cost benefits when it comes to the longevity of your devices. Whilst these physical security issues are important to consider, it’s also key to consider your online security. Luckily, Stone and AMD have you covered. Through a modern, multi-layered approach to security, AMD processors help protect data, avoid downtime, and reduce resource drain:

  • “Zen” processor architecture is designed from the ground up with security features as a priority to help address today’s more sophisticated attacks
  • An integrated security processor helps protect confidentiality and integrity of data
  • AMD works closely with Microsoft® and PC manufacturers to enable and complement their enterprise-level security features
  • Exclusive to AMD processors with PRO technologies, AMD Memory Guard7 provides real time encryption of system memory to help protect against physical attacks should your laptop be lost or stolen.


So, the key point to make here is; in the end, the final decision depends on what your user’s needs are. Whilst much of the above may make it look as though desktop devices are the best overall option, if you need portability, Stone and AMD can still support you with our latest laptop solutions here. But if the above situations make sense to your school, workplace or university, it’s definitely worth considering investing in desktop infrastructure. Get in touch with your account manager for a quote today and you can find the latest AMD Ryzen™ PRO 4000 Series Desktop Processor powered StonePC Pro here, and StonePC Lite here.

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