Consumer Devices Cost 50% More to Operate
Consumer devices look attractive at first because they generally come with a lower initial price tag. But what appears to be a lower initial acquisition cost can end up having a higher total cost of ownership. For many businesses, making a consumer device field- and production-ready requires additional purchases of multiple accessories, easily inflating the acquisition price to more than the price of a purpose-built or rugged device with integrated capabilities. Today, many mobile computers are available in the familiar consumer device form factor. But are built to withstand the rigors of full-shift operations in the warehouse, manufacturing floor and in all aspects of healthcare. With significant drop ratings, industrial grade-glass, extended support for hardware and modern operating systems, the overall total cost of ownership actually is less than any consumer device.