The Advantages and Disadvantages of Computer Rentals
To borrow or not to borrow a computer, that is the question. To answer this, we have to understand what are the pros and cons of doing so we are able to our hard earned money and put this to good use. If after weighing your options borrowing is a good idea, then select a unit from a computer rental store.
The advantage of leasing computer is that you can get the unit that you want with the specifications that you require. If you are not a computer expert and don’t know that much about computers, you can make a reservation online and tell the rental company what are you requirements and then they will take care of the rest. Another advantage is that there are tax benefits you can get.
But when it comes to parts and service, this depends who you are able to borrow the computer from. There are computer rental companies who just let you borrow it and then just get the unit back when the contract expires.
If you get lucky, you will be able to find more customer-friendly computer rental companies that will conduct maintenance checks every so often. But remember, you will have to pay a little extra for this type of service.
Since new computers are made annually, the resale value of old computers goes down. This enables you to buy at a discount the computer you borrowed especially when you lack the funds to buy a brand new one.
Another advantage of getting the services of a computer rental company is that you can also borrow from some other neat stuff such as servers, LCD monitors, routers and a host of other equipment which you may only need for the short term.
Companies can also avail of it especially for those businesses that are just starting out, conducting training or have set up in some temporary space.
Now we come to the point where we see the disadvantages of a computer rental company. First of all, what you borrowed has already been used by other people in the past. There may be some problems that were fixed when these were returned but it is possible that there are some glitches which you will encounter later on.
Believe it or not, with the prices of computers going down, the price of rented units compared to those you can buy in the market is more expensive in the long term. If you look at Dell’s website, you can buy a brand new laptop for less than $1,000. In fact, they are the cheapest brand in the market if you try to compare how many other models that companies like Toshiba, Lenovo or IBM are offering.
But if you are able to make a profit in your business just by borrowing computers, it is alright because in the long term, you can wait until your contract ends and buy computers which you can really call your own.
Computer rentals are expected to continue in the foreseeable future especially when we need the hardware and the software to do business and other personal things. To see what is offered, it is best to ask for a quote and test it out for yourself so you can judge first hand if you are satisfied with what the rental company has to offer.