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August 02, 2010 by Nate Policar

Advantages of Leasing Stat Monitors over Buying

Oftentimes we hear from schools interested in our StatMonitr system, “We’re looking for a permanent solution, not a program we have to pay for yearly. We want to buy our stat monitors.”

While our attractive leasing options are not the right answer for everyone, here are some of reasons why we think leasing works to your advantage over buying:

You’ll be potentially using your stat monitors at over 100 events for over 300 hours a year. Are you ready to take on the following responsibilities?

    Are you prepared to deal with error messages and blue screens?

    BCS Stats maintains the software on your StatMonitr for you, making sure that it is up-to-date and in working order. If it stops working, we’ll simply swap it out with another unit to get you up and running while we fix the problem.
    What will it cost for repairs by a certified laptop technician?

    If you’ve ever owned a laptop, you know that they can be “fragile” and “cranky” when it comes to their hardware. Leasing frees you from the responsibility of maintaining hardware and fixing any internal problems. Internal repairs on laptops/tablets require a specialized skill set, are usually very costly and many times require a manufacturer certified technician to avoid invalidating your warranty.  Plus, they can result in long periods of down time for your monitors. BCS Stats handles all of your hardware issues during the length of your lease: simply ship it back to us and we’ll overnight you a new one to get you back up and running while we repair the problem.
    You’ll need more than an off-the-shelf tablet PC

    Unfortunately there is no Stat Monitor Store (at least not yet, but we’re working on it), where you can simply walk in, choose from different models and have a working stat monitor out of the box. You’ll need additional software and/or hardware to start using it at your events. While you can certainly use our StatMonitr service with any computer, our service and software cost is built into the price of any equipment lease.
    Don’t get stuck with expensive paperweights

    Most experts agree that the effective life of a laptop or tablet PC is between 3 and 5 years, and that the technology inside of it can be considered outdated after just 18 months.  Based on current prices from leading manufacturers, the breakeven period between purchasing stat monitor tablets and leasing StatMonitrs from BCS Stats is 3 years. Not only are you guaranteed against a StatMonitr dropping dead, but you can be sure that we’re upgrading our fleet of computers to stay current with the ever-changing marketplace.
    Worry-free and hassle-free stat monitors

    In addition to freeing yourself from the worries and hassles of hardware and software maintenance, purchasing decisions and configuration, you get several more important features that are only available from BCS Stats, including:

    • Additional web browser access to stats for media
    • Lightning fast real-time stat updates
    • Our software that virtually configures itself to run every evetn
    • Our integrated system that works with your wireless or wired network
    • Customized colors and graphics
    • BCS Stats’ LiveNotes feature
    • BCS Stats’ Scores from Around the Country
    • Free technical support
    • Our unending dedication to providing the best experience possible


    Save time and avoid the red tape

    Most public universities have set minimum technology standards, purchasing decision procedures and other hassles to deal with before you can purchase your equipment. And a lot of the time, this ends up increasing the price of the equipment. You can avoid all this by leasing StatMonitrs directly from us—it’s simply becomes a media relations budget item rather than an equipment purchase.

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