Small to medium sized businesses have various budgets. Therefore, upgrading to a better printer or to replace one that may be aging can involve many factors. Ability Business Solutions can help you in that decision to upgrade, replace or repair. Repair is usually the last option on aging machines, but we offer that service as well.

On average, copiers have a lifespan of about seven years. After that, manufacturers aren’t on the hook for replacement parts (although ABS might be able to help you). But usually trying to prop up an old machine on your own is more trouble than it’s worth.

It might be good idea to repair what you have, but it might be something that nickels and dimes you to death. So, what are your options when funds are difficult to come by and you’re in need of a new copier? One option is to lease a copier, which is a lot like leasing a car. Read 10 Questions to Ask Before You Lease a Copier. You may also already be in a lease you might want to get out of. Read our article on How to Get Out of an Expensive Copier/Printer Lease.

Assess your company’s needs. On average, how many copies are made every month? Do you need color copies? You can expect to pay about 25% more for color copies. Will you use the machine to scan and/or fax documents? Do you need to print large quantities that require sorting and stapling? How quickly do you need to print copies? If you don’t need color, one popular affordable model is Lexmark’s e352dn.

A couple of sample affordable machines. Click here to see more.

The e352dn was chosen by AutoNation, the largest car dealership in the U.S.

The higher the number of copies produced per minute, the higher the price. Expect to pay more for high-resolution copies, and “consumables,” such as toner(s) and service, must be factored in. With rapidly changing technology, choosing the right copier can actually be a pretty complicated process.

Copiers today do more than just copy – they are capable of printing, faxing, and scanning, so make sure you know what your needs are. Ability Business Solutions has a full range of Multi-Function Printers to accommodate every sized business.

If you decide to go with the leasing option, consider the price, functionality, and length of the contract. The price is tied directly to the functions you require, such as high-speed printing, color copies, scanning, duplex copying, etc.

Just like car leases, expect to pay more for shorter lease periods. Carefully review the amount of copies that fall within the contract parameters. Experts advise budgeting for an additional 15% use during the contract period, or else you can expect to pay a lot more for “overage.” And be sure to confirm that the lease price includes maintenance.

We often spend so much time thinking about the big technology issues in an office that we take for granted the most basic, and essential components.

Don’t give up on replacing your ailing copier because you don’t quite have the money for a new one. Ability Business Solutions has high quality, fast MFP’s made by Konica Minolta refurbished with warranties and service agreements for affordable purchase or lease.

At ABS, we know there isn't just "one solution" that fits everybody. We don't have a "favorite" product or package we try to push on everyone. We take the time to carefully assess your situation so we can then collaborate on the best solution (as we explain on our homepage).

We normally can suggest several solutions and then let YOU choose.

Manged IT

With ABS, you can “grow as you go.” This means you have the flexibility to start with the managed IT services that make the most sense for your organization, and then grow with us as your needs grow. Many business executives who are responsible for IT prefer that we take IT off of their hands. In these cases, we host and manage their entire IT infrastructure, including desktops, servers, networks and more.

What We Do

•   Manage and monitor desktops, servers and networks
•   Install, manage and update virus, spam and spyware/malware software (security)
•   Install and manage software updates and patches
•   Back up servers and workstations
•   Install and manage firewalls
•   Provide 24/7/365 IT support via the ABS Customer Care Center—located in North America
•   Provide you with a Customer Advocate, to make sure your issues and concerns are addressed and you continue to be thrilled with ABS
•   Services can be offered based on your IT management needs. Contact ABS to learn more.

IT Options

•   TigerCloud - A secure, affordable, trouble-free alternative to purchasing, managing and maintaining desktop equipment.
•   Desktop Encryption – ABS provides whole disk encryption for laptops and desktops running Microsoft Windows operating systems. We fully manage the entire encryption process, including administering policies, users, configurations and other aspects. Desktop encryption is an optional service.
•   Email Options – Email is the lifeblood of many organizations. We offer the following options for our hosted email service:

      •   Smart phone mobility
      •   Email archiving
      •   Archiving for compliance
      •   Email encryption

Peace of Mind Means Choice

Many of the services included in Total IT Management are available a la carte. We’ll work closely with you to make sure your particular needs are met. To get the IT support your business needs, trust ABS to deliver flexible and simple solutions.

Contact ABS to see how our Total Office Solutions For Small and Mid-size Businesses can help your company achieve Peace of Mind.

With ABS managing your IT, you'll be able to focus on caring for customers and managing your business.