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Hardware Comparison for Small Business

Prepare a comparison report with three hardware vendors to determine which option is more economical. Your task is to obtain pricing information for purchasing 10 desktops for a brand new unit in your division. You will get prices for these units from at least three reputable PC suppliers on the Internet.

The specifications for the basic desktop configuration are listed below. You need to investigate the basic unit price for each and recommend an upgrade for each feature calculating the new price. Your division will also need to install MS Office software and gmail accounts for email. This is in addition to free software such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Adobe Reader. Prepare the cost table identifying the three vendor options and providing the unit cost from each supplier. Use the following table to evaluate hardware options. Write an additional 1-page report explaining your choice and decision justification for the selection.

Desktop and Printer Specifications

Each desktop system must satisfy the minimum specifications shown in the following table. MS office will require individual licenses.

MINIMUM DESKTOP SPECIFICATIONS

Processor speed 3 GHz

Hard drive 500 GB

RAM 4 GB

DVD-ROM drive DVD-RW

Monitor (diagonal measurement) 18 inches

Each desktop printer must satisfy the minimum specifications shown in the following.

MINIMUM MONOCHROME PRINTER SPECIFICATIONS

Print speed (black and white) 20 pages per minute

Print resolution 600 × 600

Network ready? Yes

Maximum price/unit $700

Hardware List Vendor 1/Unit Cost Vendor 2/Unit Cost Vendor3/Unit Cost
Monitor
Desktop
Speakers
Mouse
Printer
MS OS
MS Office Suite

Total cost

Expectations:
Complete the decision analysis in a Word table. The accompanying explanation must be written in 2-3pages. Include at least two outside references.

Solution Summary

The table compares three work station hardware packages for a small business situation. The packages are compared on price, suitability, and other considerations of the individual business.

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