There’s no question that today’s small businesses are leaner than ever – and that doing more with less is the rule, not the exception. In fact, surveys have shown that while hiring is flat or even down a bit, revenue is still increasing and small businesses are still growing – and the reason is because businesses are finding ways to be more productive.
One of those ways includes taking advantage of advances in technology. For example, in a recent survey of more than 300 SMBs from Spiceworks, a social business site, 62 percent are using some type of cloud application, up from 48 percent from just the beginning of the year. The survey also found that much of the reason for this rapid adoption is the productivity benefits of cloud applications that help make small businesses more efficient.
That less is more philosophy also extends to hardware – especially streamlined all-in-one devices that allow small businesses to do even more. It’s also a smart economic move, since the purchase of these all-in-one workstations and printers aren’t usually a significant capital expenditure – and the all-in-one technology gives businesses more for their money.
Here are our top picks of HP’s all-in-one (AiO) offerings to help startups and small businesses stay lean and competitive, including the powerful HP Z1 Workstation; the streamlined HP Compaq 8300 Elite; the HP Pavilion 20 – ideal for the home office; and the HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 with print, copy, fax, and scanner capabilities.
HP Z1 Workstation
The HP Z1 Workstation is the ideal workhorse for small businesses with even the most intensive 3-D graphics workflows, plus maximum reliability for office productivity applications. It’s also the first all-in-one workstation with a 27” diagonal display that snaps open – making it easy to add a hard drive, upgrade memory, or access the graphics card to suit changing business needs.
It’s also the first all-in-one desktop to offer the powerful NVIDIA® Quadro® professional graphics package – including an HP-designed heatsink that optimizes thermal behavior for less heat generation, as well as minimizes noise for a much quieter machine.
As for power, the HP Z1 is also the only all-in-one workstation with quad-core Intel® Xeon®processors – ensuring that your office stays productive, even while working on the most intense applications – and it’s easily customizable with a variety of input/output options, such as USB 3.0 and a choice of optical drives and other storage types.
HP Compaq 8300 Elite All-in-One PC
Looking for ultra performance and rich multimedia features in a smart, sleek desktop package? The HP Compaq 8300 Elite All-in-One PC, with its intuitive, optional touch package and space-saving design, is a smart and savvy partner for small businesses.
The 8300 has the powerhouse internal system that swift-moving small businesses need with second- and third-generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors and integrated Intel® HD Graphics. And, Intel’s Smart Response Technology disk cache feature gives businesses solid date drive-like performance, faster boot times, and quicker response from even the most data-intensive applications.
The 8300 also gives businesses more control when it comes to security and data protection with the opportunity to customize data protection levels with HP Protect Tools; get diagnostic updates with HP BIOS Protection, and get full access to your system via a lockable panel that makes it easier than ever to upgrade and replace components.
HP Pavilion 20
Ideal for the small business operating out of a home office, the HP Pavilion 20 delivers fast performance, rich multimedia capabilities, and streamlined design in a speedy package that’s also budget-friendly.
The Pavilion 20 includes a 20-inch widescreen display, wired keyboard and mouse, and key input/output features – including USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and a tray-loading optical drive. And, with just one wire, setup is almost immediate – perfect for the small business that needs to stay agile and competitive while also growing.
Businesses also have the ability to control multimedia from a smartphone or tablet via HPConnectedRemote, and the flexible easel design means that making client presentations or sales pitches is not only effortless, but also frees up valuable desktop space.
HP OfficeJet Pro 8600
The HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 was designed to meet the needs of small-to medium-size businesses – keeping in mind the importance of and need for low overhead costs without sacrificing productivity. The OfficeJet Pro 8600 all-in-one is designed for basic networks with fewer users and, because of its fluid design and compact size, businesses don’t have to give up valuable desktop real estate.
Businesses can print professional color and business documents and presentations for up to 50 percent lower cost per page than laser printers, with the same great quality. Other money-saving features include 50 percent less energy usage (the 8600 is an ENERGY STAR®-qualified printer), and automatic two-sided printing that uses 50 percent less paper. The HPePrint feature also makes it easy to print from a mobile device.