Several major PC manufacturers have disclosed a new rental PC payment model to dramatically slash the cost of upgrading your PC.
Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft have all recently announced new ‘PC-as-a-service’ schemes whereby rental PCs will be available to businesses entirely under a pay-monthly model rather than an upfront purchase.
Software services, particularly popular cloud-based offerings like Microsoft’s Office 365, have been increasingly moving to a subscription model for some time, offering both consistent cash flow for software developers and all the advantages of low-entry costs to their user base.
Hardware developers are finally catching up with this trend, offering PC hardware to the business sector on a rental basis – with the formerly high up-front cost of upgrading hardware spread over a longer period, more akin to credit-backed contract markets for mobile phones or cars.
A rental PC arrangement obviously poses a risk to the technology giants – accepting that the dominant future model for sales may be one where they still carry significant financial risk for devices already ‘in-use’ across the business market.
Microsoft in particular took a big step in this direction with their ‘Surface-as-a-Service’ last year – offering subscription based premium touchscreen devices to business customers in the US (although these are subject to credit checks and other lending precautions.)
For Dell, HP and Lenovo, by far the world’s three biggest PC manufacturers, to take the same step represents a huge volume increase in this kind of approach, significantly cutting upfront costs for businesses investing in physical hardware.
Your PC won’t be the last you pay for, but it could be the last you ever ‘buy’ in the sense we now understand it.
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