Originally Posted by Fuell
Completely missed my point. Sure, people won't pay for nothing, but when you leave one segment of the market and move to the next, there's usually a very small price increase with a huge gain in performance, your response does nothing to address that point.
Again, some netbooks and laptops are near the same price point, but the performance can be very different. If those netbooks are so obviously not worth it, they wouldn't sell, and therefore wouldn't be produced.
Correct, there is a sweet spot in price vs performance. Low-end GPUs are usually $20-30 and offer 10-20% the performance of a decent GPU for a $100. The price vs performance is lower.... but the absolute price is lower since these markets are more sensitive to price.
When comparing netbooks to laptops, you cannot just look at performance and price alone. You have additional factors such as size and battery life.
For a base HTPC, the factors to consider are playback/functionality, heat/power/noise, size, and cost.