Since the time of its introduction in the early 1980s, laptops have come a long way. Throughout the rest of the 20th century, new features and additions were made to make laptops more user-friendly. In today’s date, laptops have various forms and shapes and are known by different names, such as netbooks, ultrabooks, notebooks, etc. Even though they are the just variations of a mobile desktop, they are all actually subsets of the laptop we have always known.
But even within these sub-categories of laptops, pricing for two seemingly similar pieces of hardware can vary substantially.
Prices of basic hardware
When we look into buying a laptop, we essentially look at the specifications of the laptop, such as the screen size, RAM, and the CPU, among others. We generally have an idea of what we want from the laptop and look for the specs accordingly. However, different manufacturers pack in different levels of quality, performance and warranty to meet different market needs. Even when the technical specs are the same or very similar, you will see a difference in materials, repair history and longevity. It’s important to know exactly what you are buying.
Quality of engineering and know-how
The other factor that affects the prices is the structure and form factor of the laptops. The thinner the laptops (ultrabooks) the more engineering, research, and higher cost is required to manufacture them. This helps justifies the high prices of ultrabooks and even the rock solid MacBook Airs. With most hardware, you definitely get what you pay for. Just be sure to ask the right questions and consult the proper person before spending any money.