Just get one BFO monitor and split screen https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-split-screen-on-windows?r=US&IR=TA second monitor can be jolly useful for some work as well. I don't use my second monitor daily, or even weekly, but maybe four or five hours a month it really does help the workflow.
I’ve used PC’s since Windows 3.1 For WorkGroups and up to W7, and still do occasionally on my laptops. Mac since late 2011.Dont buy a Mac as you`ll end up regretting it sooner or later when you cant use the programmes you want to , a PC does far more than than you`ll ever need running a farm , speak to a local independent shop if you have one , tell them what you are using it for and they`ll build you one , ask them to throw in on site warranty and confirm call out fee`s etc when out of warranty , I`ve bought dozens of PC`s for business over the years and this works well , you should get something thats more than good enough for £500-600.
Concise .I’ve used PC’s since Windows 3.1 For WorkGroups and up to W7, and still do occasionally on my laptops. Mac since late 2011.
Never had an issue with programs/apps not working on a Mac.
I’ve also been involved with a few purchases of cheap but intensively used desktop PC’s for someone else’s business over the years and never felt the need to customise them. These machines were mostly for use on retail counters for parts management, email, and so on and also ran versions of Ibcos Gold dealer management software. None of these are particularly demanding computer tasks but did require some machines to run 24 hours a day. Granted Ibcos only ran on Windows, but that’s all those cheap desktops ever did. Year in year out. No speakers fitted, just monitors.
The specification of computer needed depends very much on the intended application. Most desktops are way over-specced for general office plodding along except perhaps for internal data storage unless connected to a good server. Yes, £500-600 will easily buy a more than adequate machine for the average Joe and small business. Some people want and need a heck of a lot higher performance machines though, in terms of speed, multitasking, RAM, graphics, speakers and connectivity. Each to their own and there is a machine available off the shelf or available to be customised to suit everybody, nearly.
In over ten years of using a Mac I’ve only got one app annoyance, not quite a failure to use an app. Since I use Apple Photos and other apps for editing photos, the minor issue is that Nik Suite from DXO does not seamlessly plug-in to Photos. It does to Adobe Creative Cloud or the stand-alone Photoshop for which I have no intension of having. I can access any of the Nik products from Photos but its more of a faff than it needs to be in my opinion.
I currently run W10 and iOS on my Mac and W7 on two laptops [10” and 17” screen size] and earlier versions of Windows on three other laptops that are not currently used. I did have W7 and iOS on my second, older iMac but formatted that drive after transferring data to the newer iMac.What systems you run 10 years ago is completely irrelevant to a farmer wanting to buy a new desktop PC to manage his farm.
dont bother with a mac, they are fine but far too expensive for what they are. they are marginally less power hungry but a windows pc with 3 times as much processing power, graphics power and ram will still be cheaper.
these are the office pcs ive been buying, they can run autoCAD perfectly so will be fine for farm use
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Been getting them off eBay for 15 years I've never had any bother. They use exactly the same components made in exactly the same factories, and if anything you could argue that eBay machines are better as they use big-brand motherboards rather than own-brand ones like dell/Lenovo/hp/Fujitsu etc do.You don't want to be buying a PC off some randomer on ebay of all places.
The lenovo website, Novatech and overclockers etc are known entities with an actual back up service.
Been getting them off eBay for 15 years I've never had any bother. They use exactly the same components made in exactly the same factories, and if anything you could argue that eBay machines are better as they use big-brand motherboards rather than own-brand ones like dell/Lenovo/hp/Fujitsu etc do.