Well written, and I liked your post at Toms from 14 years ago.The cost of craptops has increased dramatically and I'm not talking about inflation here. I bought my current craptop before COVID hit. I aim for the very middle of mid-tier performance because I don't use my craptop for anything intensive. These have been my past three craptops:
Acer Aspire 5150 - $500CAD
Acer Aspire 5560 - $500CAD
ASUS Vivobook M570DD - $750CAD
They're all standard 15.6" craptops that were situated right in the middle of the mid-tier but as you can see, the price increased by 50% (which is pretty dramatic). There's also the fact that the M570DD was the best price for a Ryzen 5 3500U (which is as mainstream an APU as you can get) and while there were other craptops for $750CAD, this one had a GTX 1050 Mobile and a backlit keyboard while the others didn't.
Back when I was in university about 13 years ago, a post that I made about craptops in the Tom's Hardware forum got chosen for Tom's Guide. The part numbers have changed but the concepts involved have all remained the same.
Thank you very much! It's one of the few things that I can be proud of. The funny thing is that I was talking about how great the A8-3500M APU was and that was exactly what I chose for the craptop that replaced the one I was using at the time.Well written, and I liked your post at Toms from 14 years ago.
As long as they're technological dead-ends, I will ALWAYS call them craptops!After careful consideration, I have concluded what you helped make so obvious.
You say Craptop way too much and for way too long!