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Having a Laptop as a work computer

By cwill ·
I am the Sys Admin at my organization (only IT person - smaller organization). My computer is coming up for replacement soon and I would like to propose a laptop to replace my current CPU. We have VPN setup so I can get into our network from home for support when I'm not there. I currently do this from my home computer which is pretty slow and used by the entire family. I think being able to do this from a work laptop would be beneficial.

How many of you have a laptop as your main computer for your job? Do you think this is a good idea? What are some of the advantages/disadvantages? What do you recommend purchasing for this solution?

Since laptops are a bigger investment than CPUs I would like to propose this prepared. Any information from other IT pros would be very helpful. Thanks!

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They work fine as a replacement, as long as.....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Having a Laptop as a work ...

... as long as you don't need to run any applications which are power hungry.

Many of our managers have switched to just having the laptop instead of having both a desktop at the office and a laptop for travel, and they all seem to love it.

I would think that if you're required to work from home on occasion, the company shouldn't complain about purchasing one laptop instead of supplying you with TWO computers like they should.

Be sure to get the docking station for the office though, along with using an external monitor in a dual monitor setup and maybe even an external keyboard, unless you prefer typing on a smaller keyboard.

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Another option...

by NotSoChiGuy In reply to Having a Laptop as a work ...

...that we're currently exploring is deploying both a desktop for major work and a netbook for remote support. Financially, we actually come out a little ahead after getting both machines as opposed to one laptop.

Currently, most of our IT staff that is expected to do remote support has laptops. The pluses are the portability and the small footprint on our desks when docked. The negatives are the lack of horsepower (when compared to workstations) and the weight (about 8 pounds once your throw in the power adapter and extended battery). Still, they serve our purposes quite well.

I'd encourage you to map out a few different scenarios, put together some price schemes, and present the one that makes the most sense in terms of overall functionality and cost considerations.

Best of luck!

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