We recently moved on to managed print whatsit with Fovia, who are literally based round the corner from us (it's quicker to walk than drive so you don't have to wait at the traffic lights) and so far it's been superb.
Costs were slightly cheaper on total per year but not by much, but the benefits in kind make up for it. We used to waste no end of time when we needed new toners, shopping around, but now it's all inclusive. We're trialling a new system with them where they get automatic alerts when a printer is low on toner, so they can send them out automatically, and the same system can be configured to alert us when the toner needs changing. Once it's working, the first we'll know of a toner running out is when its replacement arrives, and the first the user will know is when we come up and change it.
We had a mix of oldandrubbish and newandeffective lasers in ourselves, so what we've done is go for a half-and-half approach - more 85/15 in practice - wherein the most heavily used printers are on contract, and the quieter locations get one of our existing printers, which have been shuffled around to make sure we have the best ones in use. The contract ones were cheaper per page but have a rental cost, so this way worked out most cost effective.
If you are comparing prices, cost per page needs working out as follows...
MONO: Cost for black toner / stated yield x 2 - need to double as stated yields are at 5%, but a full page of text is actually 10% coverage
COLOUR: for each toner, CMYK, do cost / yield and add them all together. Yields are stated at 5% each so combining them gives you 20% coverage which is realistic for a colour page.
If you can, factor in cost of drum as well, as we did with our old Brothers.
Source: What does 5% page coverage look like? « Stinkyink Blog
I have just gone down this route with Konica, we are purchasing a C35P Bizhub (£600 approx) and then with a maintanance on top via cost per page. Ricoh was an option but the footprint of the printer was huge!
We only pay what we print, no min or max printing limit!
Cmd.exe (15th February 2011)
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