Originally Posted by knightsilver
Those System76 or Zareason 14"s for $700 look realy good, didnt think like I could get a 14" for a good price.
I personally wish I had the money for the new System76 ultrathin/light 14" with the IPS screen and the Iris Pro Intel Quad. That thing looks sexy. But since one of those companies in the links I provided offers custom orders I might see what they can do about getting me a real Linux flavored Tegra4 powered Asus Transformer when that thing is released this fall.
Originally Posted by WOD35
I didn't know there were so many manufacturers/sellers of windows 'freed' laptops... they seem to cost as much as the ones that come with windows? So why not get a product key with it?
I already explained the reason for the costs. But I'll add in that besides not having the economies of scale (AKA smaller volume usually requires higher prices than larger volumes in order to make a profit) compared to most of the Windows sellers, the Linux/"freed" laptop sellers are often using what would be considered "premium" OEM/ODM supplies. Most of the System76 laptops are from the same supplier that provides laptops for Sager and IIRC Digital Storm and thus XoticPC. Sometimes they even charge less than those Windows sellers for the same configurations. Just not that often. Hell, the Zareason ultrabook is based on a Pegatron design IIRC that they sold often cheaper than CyberPower who was selling it with Windows. But, it wasn't always and as always the consumer needs to research things or they're going to continue facilitating the market conditions they complain about.