What is PC leasing? How you can benefit.
Q: We have a number of PCs that are over 3 years old, what should we be doing with them?
A: Feedback from our clients, our own experience and industry best practice suggests that a PCs performance starts to drop after 3 years. So, you should think about replacing them.
Q: Why does a PC lose performance with age?
A: Both hardware manufactures and software developers build their products to operate with the latest components, processors and operating systems. After about 3 years, depending on your PCs original specification, you will start to see a drop in performance.
Typically, you will find that your PC takes longer to start. It might struggle to run more than one or two applications at the same time. Applications might run slower. You might find you get screen freezes or the computer crashes frequently.
New software applications might not run at all on an older PC. These things are frustrating, but they also have a real cost to your business. If it takes twice as long as it should to perform a task then that is a cost to your business. If you lose work and have to do it over again, that is a duplication of time and effort, and a cost to your business.
Q: We still have some PCs running Windows 7. Is this an issue for us?
A: Yes, Windows 7 goes end of support on 14th January 2020. This means Microsoft will provide no support, no upgrades, no bug fixes and no security patches. Overtime, Windows 7 will become increasingly difficult, if not impossible to use, but the main issues are around security and compliance.
In 2017, we saw how the WannaCry ransomware attack affected NHS hospitals and GP surgeries across the UK. WannaCry exploited an unpatched vulnerability in Windows XP. Without security patches, Windows 7 will also be vulnerable to attack. Continuing to use Windows 7 will mean you are no longer compliant with the latest data protection regulations such as GDPR. To be compliant you need robust systems to protect sensitive data. Clearly, using an obsolete, unsupported operating system fails to meet this requirement.
Q: What should I do about my Windows 7 PCs then?
A: Well, you need to replace those PCs and move to Windows 10. In terms of replacing your old devices, you have two options. You can buy new PCs outright, which is a Capital cost to your business. Alternatively, you can lease them.
Q: What is PC leasing?
A: PC leasing lets you spread the cost of purchasing new desktops and laptops. It makes it easier to manage your budget. You simply pay a fixed monthly fee. As you are leasing the devices, they remain the property of Modern Networks. As you approach the end of the lease period, you can choose to renew the lease, and take new PCs. Otherwise; you can simply return them at the end of the period.
Q: What are my options in terms of the lease period?
A: You can take lease contracts over 24 and 36-months. We can invoice according to your billing preference, so monthly, quarterly or annually.
Q: What about technical support?
A: Something we often see when people buy PCs outright is what we call the break-fix cycle. They buy PCs but then have to pay someone every time one of their computers needs a repair. This can prove expensive because PCs seldom get fixed immediately, and third party IT support charges by the hour.
In contrast, Modern Networks support package includes IT support, anti-virus, Web security and PC backup. We also provide a warranty and next day repair or replace service. So, if we cannot get your PC up and running quickly, we can simply replace it until the repair is made good.
Q: Does Modern Networks also provide computer peripherals?
A: Yes, you can buy computer peripherals such as keyboards, monitors, cables and printers. These are sold separately as an outright purchase.
Download a copy of our PC leasing brochure for more information.