How to Identify User-Upgradeable Notebooks

Discussion in 'Notebook News and Reviews' started by Charles P. Jefferies, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    If you’ve heard that notebooks have become less upgradeable over the years, we regret to tell you the rumors are true. Notebooks are increasingly becoming viewed as disposable electronics, to be used the way they are when purchased, and then replaced versus being upgraded. This product buying mentality may work for the average consumer or business user, but doesn’t if you’re the kind of person that likes to hold onto their products for as long as possible. In this article, we’ll take a look at what makes a good user-upgradeable notebook.

    Read the full content of this Article: http://www.notebookreview.com/feature/identify-user-upgradeable-notebooks/
     
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    Great article, Charles. Excellent job. Thanks for hitting on all the right things.

    Things have never been worse for notebook enthusiasts than they are today. The market is saturated with disposable turdbooks. We can count on one hand, with a couple of leftover digits, the number of notebooks actually worth buying if you are an enthusiast.

    @Johnksss@iBUYPOWER @bloodhawk @Papusan @dspboys @steberg @Jon Webb @CaerCadarn @ssj92 @GTVEVO @D2 Ultima @TBoneSan @Rage Set @leftsenseless @Huniken @Donald@HIDevolution @Prema @Talon @cavell219 @woodzstack @electrosoft @pathfindercod @Aroc @cj_miranda23 @ElCaptainX @Ashtrix @thegh0sts @syscrusher @mizerab1e @MageTank @Lunatics @Lucifer Nymphetamine are just a few people that will enjoy your article. I know I am forgetting probably dozens more.
     
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  3. Eurocom Support

    Eurocom Support Company Representative

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    We need more user education like this. Let's question so called "authorities" like NV or Intel that are pushing us to buy disposable laptops. What's good for them is not necessary good for "the People". At Eurocom we will continue making GPU- and CPU Upgradeable laptops Forever.
     
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  4. Rahul

    Rahul Notebook Prophet

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    Unfortunately, consumer electronics in general are moving towards being unable to user-service anything. For instance, I'm really going to miss removable batteries in smartphones.
     
  5. Mr. Fox

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    Yeah, that is true @Rahul. And, it is truly sad. I am convinced this is all driven by extreme greed and a dishonest approach to driving the sale of more electronics. They can make all the excuses they want to in order to justify it, but this unservicable, throw-it-away-and-get-another-one approach to things is utter nonsense. The only reason they can get away with it is consumers tolerate it, so shame on us all for being stupid. They should be held accountable for producing disposable trash that can't be properly serviced. The import and sale of rubbish products made that way should be flat-out banned in the Unite States. That would put the smack down on their foolishness real fast.
     
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    yeah in the past, after a year or so when you feel your dumbphone battery is not like it used to be, it was a 10-30 dollar fix, swap the battery and you're good to go. That's no good for greedy companies like Samsung and others, so now, when you are sick of your battery, guess what? you either suck it up and have multiple chargers or battery packs or go buy the next year phone. I remember I used to upgrade my phone once in 2 years when back in the Nokia days, now I am stupid and I upgrade every 6 months. [​IMG] Because most of the time these greedy companies come up with an OS upgrade, so we jump on it, only to find that it makes our phone performs worse.

    Remember in the days of the Note 4, I had a perfect Note 4 that worked beautifully and gave me 2 days of battery life with my moderate usage. That was on KitKat. Then came the forced Marshmallow upgrade, the phone became laggy, battery barely lasted a day. I could downgrade manually, but when I did, I kept getting endless nags in the notification bar to upgrade and I couldn't disable that, not in the normal ways anyway so I got sick of it and sold the phone only after 1 month of owning it.
     
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    Yeah, that's nuts. Having to replace anything because it was made in such a way that it cannot be serviced is insane and a dishonest approach to business.

    As far as phones goes, I refuse to pay a lot for fancy phones. My last purchase was $150 and that was pushing it. Any more than that and I see no alternative than to dismiss the idea as a frivolous purchase of a dead-end one-shot wonder. And, the funny part is that the cheaper phones often have removable batteries. The overpriced popular stuff is just disposable trash now. Go figure. I'd rather just have a cheap smartphone that works. I can replace the battery, or even replace the phone, for a tiny fraction of the cost of the super-expensive popular junk. The same problem carries over to most notebooks, tablets and other electronics, so this sorry dilemma is not exclusive to phones.
     
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