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AdminSecret's Laptop Buying Guide

AdminSecret's Laptop Buying Guide

Eric Dahl / InsideTech for AdminSecret

October 03, 2008

3. Memory Upgrades Are Usually a Rip-Off

That’s not to say you don’t want more memory – you definitely do. In fact, for the extra $100 – $200 it will cost, I’d recommend maxing out the memory on pretty much any laptop you buy today. Just don’t have it built-in by the manufacturer.

Anyone can upgrade the memory on a standard PC laptop. Typically, you remove one screw holding a cover on the bottom of the PC, remove the cover, disengage the clips holding the memory module you want to replace, and then slide its replacement or replacements into the slots. It’s easy. If it takes you 5 minutes you’re doing it wrong. And PC vendors want you to pay a premium to avoid this incredibly simple task.

Dell, for example, is currently asking $100 to upgrade from 2 1GB DIMMs to 2 2GB DIMMs in one of its XPS notebooks. But you can buy the RAM for that upgrade at New Egg for $70. That’s a 50% markup just for the convenience of having Dell install it. Plus, if you stick with the base config, you still have 2 1GB DIMMs in case anything goes wrong.

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