Sure you want a barebones laptop
I fully appreciate what you're saying about the cost of a barebones laptop and I agree that they are far too expensive to be practical. Only thing is, one must buy "off-the-rack" laptops from one of the multi-national computer corporations, which means one must sacrafice quality and customer service/tech support for price. So, either way, you're pretty much screwed.
I just returned an Acer Aspire laptop with all the stuff I really wanted, 2.3GHz dual core, 4GB DDR3 ram, 320GB HDD, 3 USB ports, HDMI out, webcam and microphone and best of all, a combo blu-ray/DVDRW. The best part was the price, $448 from Walmart Online. But I hadn't read the reviews prior to purchasing and when I did read them it appears the 30% arrive D.O.A.. However, mine was useless for a very differnent reason, a bogus Windows 7 Home Premium install, which Acer absolutely refused to take responsibility for and Microsoft demanded $129 for a new product key.
So, it's really too bad one can't build a laptop like you can a desktop. I recently build this desktop for well under $300 and while it's not a gaming computer, it is comparable to anyone's $800+ system.
Was this reply helpful? (0) (0)