If so, this might not be the right article for you. If you’re the type who prefers “cheap” to “quality”, stop reading! I put years of Omnis Technologies’ IT expertise into making this list of tech brands you cantrust, and not all of them are “cheap” (but they ARE all cost-effective long-term).
Included are brand recommendations for:
Computers (desktops & laptops)
Antivirus software (free & paid)
Software download websites
Let’s get to it!
33 Business Computer & IT Tech Brands More Trustworthy Than Gas Station Sushi
Lenovo has proven time and time again that they can build a reliable machine. I personally have a Lenovo desktop and I couldn’t be any more happy with it!
Asus has made insane strides as well within the past few years. If you are looking for a cost-effective machine, that still meets your needs, give Asus a try!
Dell has been at the top of the IT world for a while, and they don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon.
Acer, like Asus, has made some very beneficial movements and have released a solid lineup of machines. I have an Acer Swift 3 and it’s absolutely perfect for me!
Samsung makes more than just old flip phones. They have some very affordable machines that get the job done.
Although I am not a fan of Apple, they have some pretty incredible Mac Books.
Amazon’s Fire HD tablets have proven to be reliable and rather inexpensive. P.S. My grandma has one and uses it better than me. So the functionality isn’t an issue.
If you’re in a graphic design type role, the Microsoft Surface Pro is fast, has a lag-free touch screen, and an incredibly precise stylus.
Apple’s iPads have been consistently high-performing, well-designed, and fantastically user-friendly.
If you still have Windows 7, Microsoft Security Essentials works great.
If you have Windows 10, Windows Defender is the updated version of Microsoft Security Essentials. This program will work just fine for most users.
I don’t recommend getting a free third-party antivirus, but AVG is amongst the top brands for free software.
If you have a large scale operation, VIPRE is an absolutely incredible server-wide application. It protects all machines on your network, and their SMTP options keep you in the loop the moment it finds anything suspicious.
Symantec also makes it easy to protect multiple machines at once by using Group Policy. Plus, their license renewal process is a breeze with their cloud solutions.
Norton has proven their worth when it comes to keeping businesses safe! This is an all-around affordable and easy to use antivirus.
Malwarebytes takes the cake when it comes to computer clean up. I’ve stood by them for years, and highly recommend the software to everyone!
Don’t let SUPERAntiSpyware’s odd color scheme and graphics fool you – it knows how to get into your web browser and clean out harmful files.
Right before you call it quits, run ADW Cleaner and let it reboot your machine. ADW Cleaner has a secret formula to dig deep for well-hidden infected files.
Software Download Sites
Downloading free software is a huge gamble. You can never be too safe. Ninite is generally trustworthy and provides quick and easy installation.
If you want to get news on the latest tech upgrades AND get those upgrades all at once, head on over to BleepingComputer.
If you’re more of an experienced downloader, you can probably get away with using CNET Download. If you’re not tech-savvy, use one of the other options.
Business IT Infrastructure Necessities
Every IT person has a preference when it comes to servers. Mine just happens to be Dell EMC’s.
Lenovo has dabbled in the server game, and they hit it out of the park. If you’re looking for a high-end server, definitely look into Lenovo.
If you’ve been in a server room, you’ve probably seen several HPE servers. That’s no coincidence – they’re a favorite of IT experts.
Zyxel makes an array of different routers to fit your needs AND a great security subscription at an affordable rate.
Obviously, Dell had to stick their nose into the router field. Dell’s SonicWALL is another high-end router that offers awesome security subscriptions.
Ubiquity’s EdgeRouter series has a very user-friendly interface. If you’re not super familiar with routers, this one is a solid choice.
TP-Link makes an affordable and trustworthy switch for high-quality LAN connections.
Netgear has been around for a while now, and when it comes to switches they’re in the top 5. Their ProSafe GS724T is out of this world!
If you’re running an advanced network and lagging ports and forwarding zones etc., Cisco has your back with feature-full management switches.
Depending on what brand your other equipment is, this may not be your best choice. However, Ubiquity’s AP’s have made their rounds with me and earned a spot on the list.
Zyxel Access Points are your one-stop shop. One stop as in, you only need one of them in your office to light it up with Wi-Fi!
If you’re looking for a user-friendly, easy to customize Wi-Fi, Google has entered the game with Google Wi-Fi.
Any questions about brands or tech on this list? Give me a holler!