I finally got my hands on a copy of SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Edition. I have installed an instance on my server at home. I wanted to get all the Management Tools (SSMS, Profiler, etc.) on my laptop so I removed my copy of SQL Server Express. Then I installed the Management Tools (Complete) on my laptop. It's great, I can hit the instance and everything.
But for the times when I'm away from my local network and not able to connect to my server's instance, what is recommended? Should I reinstall an install of SQL Server Express just for testing purposes?
I guess what my question is, is SQL Server Express less taxing on my laptop than if I was to install a full version instance? Or is it equivalent to installing my Developer Edition?
I could always install the Developer Edition (Enterprise) on my laptop and have the SQL Server services start manually so I'm not hogging resources when I am connected to my local network (and server that houses my active instance).
What is advisable here?