Every Talk I Have About Buying a Laptop Goes Like This…


Buyer: That's too much money. I was looking to spend like $500 or $600.

Me: Well you didn't say that when I asked what your needs are. That's pretty tight, you can't spend more like $700?

Buyer: Well I don't really have an exact price, I just don't want to spend a lot of money. What about ($600 laptop they saw on some special deal online)?

Me: (Grumbles something about how a $2,000 PC used to be considered "cheap") That's not a bad deal...it's got plenty of RAM and a decent processor. But it's about 5 and a half pounds. You said light and easy to carry... you want something closer to 4 pounds, or even less. You're going to have to make some compromises. There's this ($700 ultraportable without an optical drive), but it has sort of a low-resolution screen. The screen upgrade option costs $100 more.

Buyer: It's so ugly.