My roommate got a new laptop for his work. I was surprised to find out that he paid about $800. It’s an HP Pavilion Entertainment series, comes with dual core 2.16 processors, 4GB of RAM, 320 GB of HD, and it looks pretty cool. It’s comes with a 15.4 glossy WXGA wide-screen display.
On top of those nice specs, it looks good. It’s got some designs all over its surface, the keyboard has a nice response to it. The lights are all white, and just like Apple computers, the HP logo lights up on its cover. I was really impressed by it. Prices have come down significantly in the last year.
Having learned my lesson with laptops back in 2004, I will never buy a desktop replacement laptop again. That being said, I’m probably going to try a tablet PC next, something like the Lenovo X200 Tablet series or the HP Touchsmart. For some reason, HPs are getting really affordable. A quick check in Taiwan let me know that these fancy new computers can be had for between $1000 and $1500. For some reason, configuring the X200 on Lenovo’s American website led me to an $3,800 MSRP. That’s pretty shitty. The Touchsmart was a whole lot cheaper. One of my caveats would be getting a 64-bit OS and having 8GB of RAM. Other than that, 500GB of internal storage and that’s pretty much it. Factoring this in, it would be a lot cheaper to do this myself, since I don’t think I’ll spend the $800 extra to get 4GB extra and MSW 7 64-bit from the vendor.
Then again, vendors in Taiwan aren’t like vendors in the US. I’ve never paid for having an OS installed on my computers.