Comments and to some extent the current answer to If an ISS emergency requires pressure suits temporarily, can they still use the laptops? Move the cursor? address a highly unlikely scenario where a cabin-atmosphere loss or contamination even on the ISS happens and an astronaut is in a suit to stay alive and perhaps initiate some kind of recovery.
The trackpads of the laptops are capacitive and may not work with some space suit gloves, and in the case of air pressure loss may overheat.
In this excellent answer to What is the user interface of SSRMS according to enumerated item #4 it looks like it might be necessary to be able to use a laptop as part of the operation of the big robots outside the ISS.
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- What are robot arm singularities in the context of the Space Shuttle and/or ISS?
Question: Do you need to operate laptop computers to run the ISS SSRMS robots Canadarm2 & Dextre (i.e. the ISS' Mobile Servicing System)? What if there's a pressure loss and you're wearing a suit?