I don’t understand skimping on things like laptops for your employees. In the grand scheme of things (and spread out over six years) would it really hurt that much to give your employee a proper machine to work with?
I agree with you, but the decisions are made by people who if questioned would look like US congress questioning Mark Zuckerberg...
Still, back then when I first got the laptop my boss thought the idea of touchscreen laptops for service techs that write up digital reports was too expensive. Rather get a normal laptop and USB signature pad. I thought it was a horrible idea and took the laptop a guy bought when his crapped out pn a job and it got replaced rather quickly, so the one I use sat on the shelf for a few months. I didn't want the signature pad and took the cheap laptop because it had a touch screen for the oh so important customer signature. Much easier to take a laptop, tap the signature field, flip the screen into tablet mode, have the customer sign, save document and close the lid. I was willing to take the underpowered unit unbeknownst to my manager and getting away with not using the signature pad.
It's just these days it's working a bit slow as menial tasks use a lot of cpu power despite memory maxed at 16GB and no longer being the bottole neck.