In today's economy, starting or running a small business can be both difficult and expensive. Knowing
this, Google is hoping to lessen the load on companies with its new Chromebook and Chromebox rental program.
With no long-term commitments and a month-to-month payment plan, Google's Chromebook rental plan offers both startups and established companies an affordable and safe method to acquire some browser-centric laptops.
Although the program is most appealing for short-term rental, the monthly rates of $30/month for Chromebooks and $25/month for Chromeboxes will actually decrease steadily after the first twelve months.
For Chromebooks in their second year of rental, the monthly cost is reduced to $25. For the third year and beyond, the cost is reduced to $20. Chromeboxes in their second year are reduced to $22/month and then $18/month. In order to sign up for the service, prospective renters will have to fill out a credit application with Google partner CIT to qualify.
Since Chromebook and Chromebox prices range from $330 to $600, the rental program is a great way for companies to temporarily rent a high volume of systems for a relatively low price. “Imagine you’re setting up shop for a local political campaign and will have an influx of new, temporary workers,” Google explains. “You can rent a Chromebook for each worker for the next few months, and return them when the campaign is over.”
For both the Chromebook and Chromebox rentals, Google also throws in a 3-year limited warranty as well as a central management console and 24/7 support. In addition to the new rental offers, Google is also allowing Google Apps customers to purchase up to 10 Chromebooks direct from the company.