Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker

Some computer companies do not want my money

So, my laptop is completely dead, after the motherboard turned out to be cracked from when I sat on it at Christmas.

And I went looking for a replacement - complete with some help from friends who work at large tech companies that _make_ laptops. And I discovered that most of the large computer companies have taken market segmentation too far.

They clearly made the decision, a few years ago that SSDs, being expensive, were only for rich customers, and should therefore only go in the high end laptops.

It is true that solid state storage is still signigicantly more expensive than discs - 2TB of SSD will cost you about £700, compared to £60 for a disc. But very few of us need 2TB in a laptop. If you're just surfing the web, checking email, listening to music and watching the occasional video, you can easily get by on 128GB. Which you can get for £60 - about the same minimum price as a spinning disc, only much faster.

But none of the big PC companies will sell me a low-end laptop with an SSD in, because SSDs are for high-end customers, and so only available in their top-end machines, where they can make a top-end profit.

So I ended up with a nice low-end German laptop maker instead - with this.

Where I can have a 15" laptop, with a 1TB HD, 128GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM. For £459. Which gives me the storage space _and_ the access speed, all without spending a fortune.

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