Purchase or Lease New Laptops

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Do you buy your laptop or lease a laptop? That question is one that mobile office professionals and their companies must consider carefully.

Ensuring that mobile office professionals have the best equipment is paramount to ensuring their success on the road. Working with out-dated mobile gear and attempting to use workarounds can cost a company time and money, which defeats the purpose of mobilizing their workforce.

What's at Stake?

It's important for mobile office workers to keep up with technology especially as it relates to mobile office technology. Networking and software programs are constantly changing and upgrading. If you purchase your laptop, odds are it’s already obsolete; it can be difficult and expensive to upgrade.

Leasing on the other hand provides you with a laptop that is current technology and most leasing arrangements have options for trading in for newer and more up-to-date models.

Review the pros and cons of leasing and use that information to determine whether you should purchase or lease your laptop.


  • Monthly payments can be easier on the budget
  • No fear of obsolescence
  • Quick replacement in case of problems
  • Free technical support
  • Maintenance agreements are available to provide hassle free repair/replacement
  • Allows mobile workers to try different laptops without the commitment of purchase
  • Use a leasing arrangement to determine which laptop is best for mobile office workers


  • Payments may end up more than price of purchase
  • May be locked into long lease periods before upgrading or trading in is allowed
  • If international travel is involved may not have option of getting repairs or replacement in a timely fashion
  • Inability to return laptops no longer required – stuck paying for a laptop not in use

Where It Stands

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