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if you are a GS (gov employee), you get a laptop. If you get a laptop, they take your desktop away.
I once worked at a company where a senior management ukase said there would be one workstation per employee. However, different systems were developed on different workstations, and some people worked on more than one system. One of these folks wrote a bulletin saying that it was also frivolous to have more one chair per employee. It contained a brief Q&A section that went something like
Q. What about chairs in conference rooms?
A. Each employee will be assigned a chair with wheels.
Senior management were deeply offended but the ukase was rescinded.
that means the make it easier to work from home,
so when the laptop arrives and ready tell the boss you're off to do work in a better envonment.
anyway more serious, do you get to add/keep your external monitor?
how about external keyboard/mouse - gonna need those (wireless)
finally insist on nothing less than 8th gen CPU (10th gen only sightly better but 7th and below is like a barge against the wind on high seas) AND 1TB SSD AND 16GB RAM, otherwise it'll be a nightmare. And avoid AMD, yes a bit faster but a bit buggier too.
(If missing any of the above just open chrome + VS to show them it's a POS.)
The kit I work on is to installed on motorways/main roads and be visible to the driver from distance in the dark. I am not taking one those things with me...so working from home is not really possible!
I love laptops -- haven't used a desktop in years. Both my work and home setup is with dual monitors, the laptop monitor used as a parking space for apps I want to keep open but infrequently used. Separate mouse and keyboard. I love the portability, the fact that it's quiet, and if the power goes out, ok, the monitors go dark but I don't lose anything.
Supposedly, if you work here more than a year you can take the laptop with you if you leave. And yes, it's a small company, I can't imagine a large company doing something like that.
Why does this company make life so bloomin' awkward
if the power goes out, ok, the monitors go dark but I don't lose anything.
Since the laptop has its own battery, get a UPS, and hook only the monitors to it. You could probably go for quite a while.
At home, my desktop has its own UPS, and I have a second one driving just the extra monitors and network gear...by splitting the load, I can keep going for at least at hour. Something really bad's gotta happen if this isn't enough for most situations.
I have both, and dread the times that I have to do anything on the laptop. The trackpad/buttons on the thing are horrible so I rely on a wireless mouse. The keyboard is not nearly as comfortable (judging by typing errors/speed) as the 21 y/o HP keyboard that I got with my first windows PC. (thank goodness for PS/2 to USB adapters!) Every few years I take it apart and clean it.
Using the laptop, I also find that I really miss the other monitor...of course I could travel with an extra monitor...nah!
Since you aren't mobile, ask for a docking station.