Low Cost Laptops

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Been thinking about the Asus Eee PC as a low-power, low-cost (as low as $350) alternative to my desktop. What's holding me back is the fact that for $100 more you could get more features for the money: Tiger Direct - HP 530. If you don't mind refurbs, you could go lower. $249, in fact: Tiger Direct - Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600. Another good refurb deal is the $340 Dell Latitude C61. Both refurbs are quite dated though, and would be a pain to reasonably upgrade. At least with the $349 Asus Eee PC, you have the option to easily upgrade the memory up to 2GB with current PC parts or aftermarket USB-based devices. You won't be scrounging for old parts at all. And it runs at half the power most laptops consume.

Recent news would have it though that it would be prudent to wait a few more months for new notebook models that would follow the Asus Eee PC's footsteps. Intel's announcement of plans to create even more low-power, low-cost processors to add its already beefy line of mainstream processors bids well for users who are demanding more 'green' technology. Add to this the side benefit that cost reduction brings, and you've got one very competitive notebook market niche for emerging markets.

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