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We estimated costs for an organization to purchase, deploy, manage, and secure a 2 in 1 Ultrabook with Intel Core processor with vPro technology versus either an iPad or Android tablet combined with a laptop. At first blush, one might expect a sub-$1,000 laptop and a low-cost tablet to be cheaper than a 2 in 1 vPro Ultrabook. Depending on the models you chose, if you compare only hardware costs, that assumption could be correct because the 2 in 1 vPro Ultrabook tends to be more expensive than a laptop that lacks its vPro capabilities, mSATA SSD drive, and other features. However, the two-device combination quickly loses any cost advantage when you add in the costs of hardware support, tablet replacement costs, and costs to deploy, manage, and secure two devices versus one 2 in 1 vPro Ultrabook device with business-grade security. The savings would become even more dramatic when you consider the costs associated with additional peripheral devices and accessories and time employees must spend managing files and content (costs we omitted from our analysis).
For both companies that want to provide their workers with tablet devices and those that support bring-your-own employee-purchased solutions, the benefits of a single 2 in 1 device such as the 2 in 1 vPro Ultrabook are many.