Disposable Laptops

Philip Greenspun, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist and founder of Photo.net, argues that laptop computers have nearly reached the price where they are becoming "disposable."

So the price of a decent laptop is now converging with the price of an expensive cell phone." […] Will people still want to pay $1000+ for a laptop that they will have to guard from theft and impact when they could just buy a Thinkpad for $600 now and replace it two years from now for $450?

Jeff Nolan says he "wouldn’t be so quick to label a $600 laptop as disposable, but it’s definitely closing the gap with desktops."


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