A few years ago, experts predicted the end of the PC. Not only did that not happen, but many people now use multiple computers to make life easier. Yes, it’s true that some people use one or more mobile devices rather than additional PCs, but there are countless people who have and use multiple computers. There are many reasons they do so, but there are three that seem to pop up often.
Having the Right Computer for Different Tasks
Not all computers are ideal for everything, and even two identical computers can be optimized to complete specific types of tasks. Think about your own needs and whether one device can be used for graphic applications while another is designated for handling complex research and writing tasks. Remember that notes and other data can easily be shared among multiple devices, so there is no need to worry about information not being available when and where it’s needed.
Making Better Use of Older Machines
In many instances, an older computer is perfectly functional but may no longer be able to run the newer versions of software that are needed for your work. That doesn’t mean that the older model can’t be used to complete more mundane tasks while a newer computer is tasked with completing the work related to the new software. Of course, that older computer still needs its software and drivers to be kept updated, but that’s a minor issue that can usually be automated. So, if you’re currently having difficulties running some applications on an older computer, consider using it for less-complex work to maximize the potential of a new machine.
Improving Your Efficiency
There are many ways to increase your efficiency by using multiple computers. With cloud-based software options, it’s easy to start a project in one place and add to or revise it from another when you’re using multiple computers. In addition, if your primary computer is being used to complete a major job, a second computer can be used to complete other work. Having multiple computers also makes it easier to move from one area to another in a home and still get work completed. That’s incredibly convenient in an environment like we’re seeing today with people working from home and also taking care of children.
Focus on Your Needs
Of course, there are countless ways to make use of multiple computers. Today, people use computers to complete work tasks, but they also use computers for recreation and to keep up with current events. A desktop with three monitors may be ideal for completing work tasks, but a laptop may work better for keeping up with what’s going on after your “normal” workday ends. The trick is to evaluate the way you use devices and then determine which devices work best for specific needs.
With so many people now dealing with remote learning, many more families are discovering the need for multiple computers in a household. In addition, gamers don’t want to use a work computer for playing League of Nations. They will use a machine that’s designed for gaming. On the other hand, a gaming machine won’t necessarily be the best option for running graphics programs. Use the right tool for the right task. That often means having more than one computer.