See pages printed, toner used, and even a recommendation of the type of printer to choose in terms of print speed and annual print quantity.
Printer management isn't the sexiest aspect of IT for small business operators, but it does provide an opportunity to saving money.
If you have multiple printers, it's quite possible they aren't being used optimally. One printer might be overworked, risking breakdown or premature 'death', while another may be underused to the extent that it isn't really earning its keep.
Reallocating individual printers and optimising the overall fleet can cut total costs, but such decisions should be based on facts rather than guesstimates.
That's where 3viewer comes in. This printer management program is now available free of charge to small businesses with no more than five printers.
3viewer automatically monitors printer use and provides an analysis of how they are being used in terms of utilisation, pages printed, toner used, and even a recommendation of the type of device in terms of print speed and annual print quantity that should replace it.
The company warns that it can take as long as 90 days before enough data has been collected to form the basis of decisions about rearranging printers or making changes to the fleet.
A Windows PC is required to run the portion of the software that collects the data about printer use. The results can be viewed using recent versions of the popular browsers (Chrome, Firefox 10 or later, Internet Explorer 9, Opera, and Safari 5 or later).
If you have more than five printers, 3viewer pricing starts at €23 (approximately $34) per month for up to 25 printers.