I went to Walmart and saw a $400 latest and greatest laptop with 4G RAM, Windows 7 and of the usual laptop size. Next to it was a $250 Acer “Aspire” netbook with “Windows Starter”, 1G of RAM, promise of 4 hours of battery time and wonderfully small size.
Ok, so I do understand that the smaller laptop means smaller screen, which means smaller power outlay and hence same hours of use for the smaller battery. That makes sense. I personally don’t consider big screens useful in any event.
But, the obvious price difference between the two gadgets makes me ask, what’s going on here? So Windows 7 costs more than Starter and 4G of RAM costs more than 1G of RAM. Maybe slightly smaller battery for smaller laptop costs slightly less. But, do these items really add up to $150 price difference? Or are there some underlying differences between how the big laptops are made / components they are made of vs the same for the Acer netbook, that I am ignorant about and am about to be enlightened by the pros, that cause so much difference?
Or could it be that $250 is just a rough approximation to the actual production cost of a modern laptop regardless of size whereas sales for more than that reflect expenditure on branding, marketing and American executive salaries? If so, why doesn’t Acer proceed to undercut Dell et al with cheaper laptops of the more usual big size as well?