33 IT Brands You Can Trust More Than Gas Station Sushi

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Quick question: Do you trust gas station sushi?

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 can trust, and not all of them are “cheap” (but they ARE all cost-effective long-term).

Included are brand recommendations for:

  • Computers (desktops & laptops)
  • Tablets
  • Antivirus software (free & paid)
  • Virus clean-up
  • Software download websites
  • Servers
  • Routers
  • Switches
  • Access points

Let’s get to it!

33 Business Computer & IT Tech Brands More Trustworthy Than Gas Station Sushi

Computers (Desktops)

  • 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.

Computers (Laptops)

  • 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.

Tablets

  • 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.

Free Antivirus

  • 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.

Paid Antivirus

  • 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.

Virus Clean-up

  • 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

Servers

  • 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.

Routers

  • 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.

Switches

  • 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.  

Access Points

  • 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!

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