Never bought office equipment? You may be surprised just how difficult it is to find out what it is going to cost you.
How much should you budget for your new multifunction device? Are you overpaying for the office copier?
Without knowing what is a fair price, and what isn’t, purchasing office equipment can be a nightmare. While it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly how much your new technology will cost in advance, there is no reason you shouldn’t have an approximate idea of what your final quote will look like.
How Much Does a Copier Cost?
Since multifunction devices (MFDs) or copiers can come in a wide variety of sizes, that means they also fall into quite a wide range of prices. Manufacturers measure their devices by the print speed or Pages Per Minute (ppm). We have used these measurements as benchmarks as it is a reasonably straightforward way to categorize the “size” of a device.
Here are the four main categories of devices we find our customers using as well as their approximate costs.
25 ppm MFD – $4000 to $7000 (4000 to 7000 prints per month)
30 ppm MFD – $6000 to $10 000 (7000 to 9000 prints per month)
40 ppm MFD – $9500 to $13 000 (9000 to 12,000 prints per month)
50 ppm MFD – $12 000 to $16 000 (15,000 to 20,000 prints per month)
Check out the full article titled How Much Does a Copier Cost for a look into which device category might best fit your needs as well as a deeper explanation on what impacts the final price.
How Much Does A Desktop Printer Cost?
Just as with standalone MFDs, desktop printers can come in a range of sizes. However, unlike with MFDs, not all desktop devices are multifunction. Typically, desktop devices fall into two categories:
- A small multifunction printer (MFP) with a range of functionality including scan, fax, copy and print.
- A printer designed to have only one primary function… printing.
Some desktop printers and MFPs are designed with the small or home office (SOHO) specifically in mind while others are merely scaled-down versions of commercial office copiers and printers. Whether a device was designed for the SOHO or a commercial application can significantly affect its purchase price.
SOHO devices are typically inexpensive to purchase but have a much higher total cost of ownership. Commercial devices, on the other hand, can be quite expensive to acquire but typically have lower toner and maintenance costs as well as a longer life expectancy.
As we are no longer dealing with a single price range, we find it easiest to think about desktop device pricing as a matrix rather than the traditional sliding scale.
|Small or Home Office||
|Printer||$250 to $600||
|Multifunction Device||$500 to $800||
For a full account as to what impacts the price of desktop devices and which category would suit your office best, read the full article How Much Does a Desktop Printer Cost?
How Much Does an Office Phone System Cost?
Virtually no two phone systems are identical, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to forecast approximately how much it will cost you. The number one determinant of how much you will end up paying for your new system is how many people are going to be using that system. More employees mean more hardware and a higher cost.
Phone system pricing is essentially the sum of three factors: hardware, lines and features.
Hardware – Standard desktop phones should cost approximately $350 per phone, however, wireless or other more advanced phones can cost much more. If your phone system is going to be hosted on-premise you will also require a PBX, which will generally cost around $4500.
Number of Lines – Traditional phone systems require one phone line to be purchased from your telecommunications provider for each unique phone number. These are about $20-50 a line. Alternatively, if you decide to buy a system that runs on SIP lines, which are a shared resource, you may be able to reduce your overall monthly phone bill by up to 30 percent.
Features – Phone systems typically come pre-loaded with a suite of features that you can then scale back if you feel a feature isn’t right for you or the system is getting out of your price range. Some of the most popular features include:
- Unified messaging
- Caller queues
- Extension dialling and company directories
- One-button transfer
In our full blog article on the cost of an office phone system, we take these factors and see how they relate to a “typical” small business office. Give it a read for a more in-depth explanation of how these these factors combine to create your total price.
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