However, in your article you said, "Each morning, youll come in, place your tablet in the dock, and turn on the monitor." as your vision of what the future will bring.
If we're not bringing our "personal" tablet in, then we're apparently bringing the corporation's tablet in... but if we're coming into work every day, we're not working from home, so we don't *need* to take the corporate tablet home. We don't even need to *have* a corporate tablet, because if we don't need the mobility a tablet provides we don't need the extra price.
Example: cheapest Windows 7 tablet on bestbuy.com is the Arcos 9 (1.2GHz Intel Atom Z515 processor, 60GB hard drive, 1GB DDR2 RAM), at $410, $500 if I get the cheapest in-store/online available monitor to get a larger display (20" HP LCD widescreen). The cheapest non-refurbished desktop on the same site is the Compaq Presario CQ5814 (1.GHz AMD E-350 dual-core processor, 500GB hard drive, 3GB DDR3 RAM) for $270, $360 with that monitor. Is the desktop's processor needed? Possibly, but possibly not. Is the desktop's hard drive space needed? Only if they're going to manipulate a lot of video/image files, otherwise no. Is the RAM needed? I'd say yes: both are running Windows 7, & I imagine that 1GB will run a lot slower than 3GB. The biggest thing? For the tablet's lower specs, it costs 50% more than the desktop (39% more if I throw in a monitor), & I'd still have to shell out for a keyboard & mouse, if not a full-blown docking station. From an acquisition perspective, then, the higher mobility of the laptop is offset by its higher acquisition cost & smaller margin for future performance. And that's just for a single purchase made off-the-shelf, as opposed to possible volume purchases from a vendor.
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