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Desktop computers may be shrinking in size, but certainly not in long-term savings.

This story appears in the January 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Budget time is here, and like a lot of managers, you might be wondering if you can squeeze another season of productivity out of your employees' PCs. Maybe you can, if they're only a couple years old.

But there is a point of diminishing returns where downtime begins to approach uptime, IT costs approach the price of new machines, and the loading of new software begins adding extra time to everything an employee does. PCs never really die; they just spring productivity leaks.

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