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So what are computing devices worth to you?

By Slayer_ ·
With all the talk about apple being over priced, Windows being over priced, etc.

What do you feel these things are worth, how much would you pay. Of course ignoring hardware costs, which should give a good indication to how cheap (or expensive) something needs to be.

My Opinions, I won't pay more than 1000 for a desktop of superior quality, or 500 for a "Throw away" desktop.

I won't even buy a laptop for under 1000, a throw away laptop is not desirable.

Netbook, 200 bucks tops, the $400+ stores want for them is nuts. Its basically a crippled computer. I can understand that the hardware is expensive, but they charge the same price for a throw away that an equally priced throw away laptop costs. And those laptops frequently boast better performance for the same or slightly less battery life.
A 10 hour netbook would be worth 300 to me. (Windows or Linux or Mac, its a web browser plus remote desktop client for my use).

Tablet, iPad, etc... For me, about 100 to 150 bucks depending on physical features. If it was iPad like, with minimal connectivity availability, minimal customization. Maybe 100 bucks. For something closer to a mini computer, I'd pay 150 to 200 for. So 150 seems to be my sweet spot.

MP3 Player and the like, 100 bucks tops. I rather like the 60 dollar ones at future shop.

Cell Phone, free with contract please. I find this vastly preferable.

So what do you guys think?

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Those of us

by santeewelding In reply to So what are computing dev ...

Rich as Croesus, don't care.

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Nor do

by TonytheTiger In reply to Those of us
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rich ba$terds

by Slayer_ In reply to Nor do
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I'm running a $300 'scratch and dent' from Dell's outlet

by CharlieSpencer In reply to So what are computing dev ...

with Vista Home Basic. I've never paid more than $450 for a home machine, but I don't need much. (The system is housed in an $800 roll-top desk. I guess that says something about my relative priorities. Edit - it also says I was mistaken when I told rsmith I never spent $600 on something I didn't need. On the other hand, I've had the desk for over a decade and it isn't obsolete yet. I suspect few technology devices in that price range can say the same.)

I recently purchase a $40 MP3 player, only the second one I've had and the first one I actually paid for. (I won the other in a contest.) I use it more for the FM radio than the few NPR podcasts I pull down weekly and then never get around to listening to before they're out of date. I would have kept the first one but it was too easy to accidentally erase the radio presets.

Digital book readers? When I can get them two-for-one for $100 or so, I'll think about it. Two is mandatory since my father and I have identical tastes in books and we swap novels regularly. Either we both go digital or neither one does.

Cell phone? I'm considering one of the cheapie models from Wal-mart that comes with the $15 or $20 monthly no-contract rate.

I wouldn't pay anything for a laptop, netbook, tablet, slate, smart phone, portable DVD player, GPS, gaming console, home media center, or second computer. I don't see a use for these devices in my life. I did own a Gameboy during Desert Storm; I think I gave it to another soldier when I returned to 'Weekend Warrior' status.

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No use for a DVD player?

by Slayer_ In reply to I'm running a $300 'scrat ...

You don't buy and watch movies? Not even the wife?

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to No use for a DVD player?

I meant '--portable-- DVD player', and I've edited the earlier post to reflect that.

As to set-connected DVD players, my wife has one. I think I can use it without her help, but I only own two movies and they're both on VHS ('Chicken Run' and 'Good, Bad, Ugly'). There aren't many movies I want to see often enough to buy them.

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Chicken run was a good movie

by Slayer_ In reply to Oops.

All my best movies or VHS as well. I almost never watch a DVD movie. So instead I found a DVD recorder for my lack of a PVR.

But some movies never made it to theatres, so you got to buy them.

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Toons, man, toons

by NickNielsen In reply to Oops.

All the old stuff is being released on DVD now.

Not necessarily the good stuff, but the old stuff.

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My opinion

Both of my laptops were around 600-700 dollars, and they've worked excellently for me, so that's my price range for laptops unless I can scrap up enough money for an insanely durable laptop (which I really should try to get one of these days).

I haven't bought a desktop in a long time, so I can't say. However, it'll probably be under a thousand, unless I'm trying to create a beast, at which point price would be no object.

I'll never get a netbook or tablet, because they're far too fragile. Maybe if they were free.

Cell phone- $40 max, without a contract.

MP3 Player- <$60 and probably between $30 and #40

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They're only worth

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to So what are computing dev ...

the electricity it takes to run them.

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