Despite hardware vendors’ fantasies about selling $1,200 Ultrabooks to everyone, the average PC notebook still sells for just over $500. There’s no question that some consumers will pay a premium price for a premium product, but the delta between a “great” laptop and a “just good enough” budget notebook shouldn’t be this wide.
If $500 buys you a 15-inch notebook with a Core i5 CPU and a 500GB hard drive, then it should cost $600 or $700 to get a 14-incher with an SSD. However, if you want a really light laptop or one with an SSD built in, you’ll be paying through the nose or, more likely, giving up and sticking with your old computer for another year.
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