How much does it really cost?
Rugged mobile computers may have a higher initial price tag. However, studies have shown that rugged devices actually have a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) over time.
Total cost of ownership (TCO) is a financial estimate designed to help customers and finance managers assess both direct and indirect costs.
Some businesses tend to base their decisions to buy products on the purchase price and not on the product’s actual TCO. These businesses using low-cost non-rugged mobile computers pay a much higher price in repairs, increased support and lost productivity.
While a low-cost mobile non-rugged computer may appear to be the best bargain, the product’s total cost of ownership (TCO) is a more important consideration. That is why the majority of companies who take into account TCO, buy rugged computers instead of consumer-grade devices.