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Why are laptops so expensive versus desktops?

by LiQuiD_FuSioN / July 9, 2007 8:36 AM PDT

I've had fun using my very own first laptop, but now it's really getting old and needs an upgrade.

I'm trying to make a list of pros and cons on whether I should invest in another laptop or a desktop.

But, I say to myself: "why?"

Why is there a price difference?

1) Is it because they have to make the parts portable? On a side note, are the parts used in laptops low-powered as opposed to parts in desktops? They can't put a real Core Duo chip in a laptop as it consumes a lot of power, so they put in a more energy efficient chip which isn't as powerful. Is that correct?

Why does a desktop seem like a "sturdier" choice?

2) Because, it is stationary and away from you? I know my laptop feels flimsy the fan is wearing down, and the internal HD is crappin' out fast.

I recently used a Toshiba Satellite laptop and it feels surprisingly solid as well as the Mac Books etc..

..but, I feel that I need a good sturdy desktop so I can maybe upgrade it in the future too.

What do you guys think?

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Why are desktops cheaper?
by orlbuckeye / July 9, 2007 9:31 AM PDT

Well mainly because virtually all parts are replaceable and upgradeable as compared to laptops. Laptops are manufactured in China & Taiwan by ODM's and sold to Sony,HP, Dell and Apple to add memory and hard drives and processors. If you want portability go with a laptops if you want more power and easier upgradeability go desktop.

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Sounds about right..
by LiQuiD_FuSioN / July 9, 2007 2:32 PM PDT

Like comparing a PSP to a PS2.

The PSP is portable, and nearly has the same graphical capabilities as the PS2; which is impressive. But there is a price difference of about $40 I believe, the PSP being more expensive (before the price cuts it was even more expensive!)

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by woodygg / July 9, 2007 2:44 PM PDT

laptops are very customized - have to use smaller, more expensive parts - therefore lower volume, higher cost.

desktops use larger (example, the hard drives), less expensive, higher production (equals lower cost) parts...

don't forget - you get a screen with the laptop too....

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