We want to speed up the page rendering time of our internal web-based CRM tool for our employees. Network wise, we have plenty of bandwidth with most switches being gigabit rated.
1. Any download speed improvement (which would be small since we're on a internal LAN) would not be offset by the slow down in rendering due to the fact that browser has to wait for the whole page has to be downloaded (and uncompressed) before it can start rendering the content.
2. The decompression will take some amount of extra CPU time. It would probably be small, but it would be more. This is a concern because many employees are on older workstations (Pentium 4 with 512 MB of RAM).
Do you disagree?