Originally Posted by Jiryama
Depends which laptop you look at, some of them get you a 256-> 512gb + 8gb-> 16gb for only $200 which is actually fairly reasonable for not having to do any of the work yourself or replacing the hard drive. And again, majority of laptops sold are for general mass, who have no business going into a bios and messing something up. It is things like those restrictions that separate a work station and "business class" PCs from a general notebook sold to the general mass.
So far I haven't run into a problem over last 3 laptops I've owned where i've needed to go into bios and mess with stuff nor have I ever had a problem upgrading a hard drive in a laptop where I would need to send it off to the manufacturer..
Yeah it is pretty crazy that some retailers want 800-1000+ for the U-Series (Dual core + HT) laptop processors.
The first example you gave is pretty decent value. What manufacturer is that? I bought my last laptop about a year ago. Not sure if things have changed but not many companies were offering that kind of value. The SSD size did seem to be the biggest factor in price. As well as whether the computer was 1080p or 720p.
It's true, the computer market, especially the mobile market, is geared towards the masses. However, this is why they are overcharging on storage. They know most people are not capable of swapping a hard drive. Overcharging just because you can.....
I've run into a few issues with machines with drives that were whitelisted into the BIOS. Meaning if you put in any other drive than the one from the manufacturer, the bios would reject it.
I've also seen multiple machines with soldered memory. I could be wrong but it seems the only reason to do this is to control the consumer.... Is there any other reason why one would solder memory? What happens if your memory goes bad. The whole computer would be dead, would it not?
What about putting the drive underneath the motherboard... That's a huge hassle.
I think the biggest reason they design systems like this is planned obsolescence. If your memory is soldered and the drive inaccessible, you will buy a new machine when you need something better. It prevents computer shops and third parties from upgrading. Think about how much unnecessary waste that creates.....