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Notebooks with a Solid-State Drive: Cost Advantage or Liability?

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Notebooks with a Solid-State Drive: Cost Advantage or Liability?

Introduction
Many organizations’ use of notebooks already exceed 50 percent of their installed base of personal computers, with some achieving a penetration rate as high as 80-90 percent. Further, notebooks currently outsell desktops in businesses by a substantial margin. We expect the rate of notebook deployments to continue to exceed the deployment of fixed desktop PCs, and in fact accelerate as the cost differential continues to decline while the benefits to the mobile workforce continues to expand. Our research indicates that companies can achieve end user productivity improvements of 5-15 percent by deploying mobile computers instead of desktops. For knowledge workers, this can add to substantial bottom line returns to the business and can easily pay for the cost premium of a notebook over a desktop, with an ROI often achieved in a matter of months.

The majority of businesses acquire enterprise-class notebooks as standard practice despite the somewhat higher cost compared to consumer-grade machines, as they represent a better value overall. They exhibit reduced failure rates, better manageability, increased standardization of components, and longer model life. Lately, manufacturers have been offering notebooks that substitute solid-state drives (SSD) for traditional hard disk drives (HDD). Most experts agree that SSDs offer enhanced capability to enterprise class notebooks. They provide lower operating power increasing battery life by up to 20 percent, lower failure rates than HDDs decreasing machine failure rates by up to 33 percent, and faster boot times and better application speeds increasing user productivity.

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