Every business – and workspace – has its own risks which have to be minimized or, if possible, removed. Investment in IT hardware and software is a significant sunk cost, which can’t be recovered once invested. That’s not to say that this investment in devices, whether desktop PCs or portable hybrids like the new Surface Pro 4, can’t be protected and future costs avoided. Along with loss, accidental damage is an issue that affects any business with a large fleet of devices, whether mobile, laptop or tablet.

The risk of accidental damage varies depending on the nature of a business; the workflow of a quantity surveyor, for example, could involve greater risks than a traditional, office-based job, for example. So safeguarding devices with protective covers will be more important in some industries than others. We’ve been working closely with Microsoft to launch a host of accessories to both enhance and protect the Surface Pro 4, all specially adapted for the new sleeker proportions while still providing the highest level of protection and flexibility.  In this post we wanted to look at three different use cases in which investing in device protection may make sense.

As a hybrid device, one of the Surface’s real strengths is its versatility. The Surface Pro 4’s thinner profile and the new Surface Pen with increased sensitivity mean that the device is now more attractive than ever to users in need of a portable but powerful device. Architects, surveyors and engineers working onsite are used to having iPads and similar devices with them as they fulfil their duties. But this kind of working environment inevitably brings exposure to a wider range of risks than a sedentary, office-based workflow. Would a specially adapted tablet case that protects a device from accidental damage if it’s dropped – with easy-to-hold features – makes it easier to work with when you’re on your feet all day? Without hinting at anything, we’d quite like to put this question to the test in the near future.

But that’s not to say that more traditional workplaces are free from risks of this kind. It’s easy for a lightweight tablet device to get pushed off a cluttered workstation, or for it to fall out of a bag or laptop case. There are different ways of protecting against this kind of damage – locking a device securely to the workstation is one of a number of preventative solutions, which make the dropping of devices by employees less likely. As an extra insurance policy, however, protective cases can effectively copper-bottom a device, preventing it from sustaining any damage it’s dropped.

The last scenario is perhaps the most common. Device consolidation is one of the main arguments for investment in devices such as the Surface Pro: instead of buying desktop PCs and tablets for employees, organizations can invest in hybrids to fulfil both functions. As a result, it’s very likely that users will take their device home or use it to work while they’re on the go. If a device is being used on a lap or on a tray table, where real estate is necessarily limited, there’s an increased risk of damage. A case for the Surface Pro 4 that minimizes the risk of damaging the screen while also allowing full productivity with the stand and Type Cover would both allow optimum efficiency of use and guard against future costs.

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