Gartner Research

TCO Comparison of Desktops vs. Notebooks, 2005-2006 Update

Published: 13 December 2005

ID: G00136720

Analyst(s): Federica Troni, Leslie Fiering


Differences in technology, price, life cycles and usage patterns result in a notebook total cost of ownership that ranges from 13 percent to 44 percent more than that of desktops. Notebooks have a shorter useful life, higher failure rates and higher operational costs for remote support.

Table Of Contents
  • Notebook Benefits Can Outweigh Higher Costs
  • TCO Analysis
    • Hardware and Software Costs
    • Operations
    • Administration
    • End-User Operations and Downtime
  • Bottom Line

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