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Easy to upgrade? Yes, in principle ...
every once in a while I run across a machine where at least some of the memory slots are hard to reach.
More to the point, though, there are many configurations where you need to take out the existing memory in order to upgrade to full capacity. For instance, you may find two 500MB modules in the slots that will have to go, so that two 1GB or 2GB modules can be installed, upgrading from 1GB of memory to 2GB or 4GB, for example.
In such situations I ask myself, why I should buy the smaller modules in the first place, when I plan for more memory immediately. For my home laptop I chose one that came with the 8GB that I wanted. My work laptop only has 4GB but in two 2GB modules and there are two extra slots that can hold an extra 4GB or 8GB, respectively, giving me an 8GB or 12GB system. Only if I want the full 16GB configuration do I have to remove and replace the 2GB modules.
I hope these examples give you a bit of a perspective, what to look out for.
And I completely support the advice given here earlier: If you can't find out how the memory in the advertised machine is configured and/or if you can't get the vendor to offer you a custom configuration that meets your memory requirements without wasted modules - don't buy. Don't touch it - broomstick or not ...
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