What I mean are upgrades offered by OEM's or directly upgraded deal that go to the total product price. Performing those upgrades yourself is generally cheaper.
Last time I checked, for example, a HP elite notebook has 8 GB RAM, they can upgrade it themselves up to 32GB but it will cost you way over 300 - 400 Euro.
HP Mobile Workstation-8770w | HP® Official Site
If you go to Crucial you can get 2 kits of 16GB for less (around 200 Euro).
Computer memory upgrades for HP - Compaq EliteBook 8770w Mobile Workstation (Quad Core Processors) Laptop/Notebook from Crucial.com
Then for tablets this thing also gets exaggerated: 64GB version costs some price, the 128GB version is generally unpayable, not to mention the 256GB if available but you can get a cheap deal SSD these days and put it in the device yourself. See Apple Ipad prices, MS Surface: these aren't meant to be upgraded by the user but you'll pay a lot less for a self-made SSD upgrade if possible (buy the cheapest available device from the range you need and put a 128 - 256 GB SSD in it).
When building a rig from scratch:
You dig and browse the market and you rely on more than one store/provider where you can choose between offers and prices. If one of them alone gets you all the parts and build the PC + maybe an OS license then they will also need to get extra cash (included in the price) for this achievement. You'll get a 'discount' maybe.
That's basically what I meant previously.
This is for those who know how to do the upgrades themselves and know the risks of opening tablets and laptops and to know how to reassemble those back in one piece.
I'll stick with high-end upgradeable mega-laptops for the hard work, and a 'throw-away' sub-A$100 7" tab for e-books and fun while travelling.
I'm never gonna do that.
If I throw it, why not look inside first... You have extra options, spare parts... maybe it can really be saved or... enhanced.
The Bad Samaritan:
"why waste a life, wait till there's a crowd down below, give a little when you go"
As Wenda said, if it costed a lot then you wouldn't consider throwing it (this soon).
And yes indeed, laptops are upgradeable.
I do manual updates once a month because I want to know what I update and if the available updates to download are about 200 mb that's at least another 1gb gone from c. I don't think ms puts any effort on this at all, but now when ssd is becoming more relevant they really should.
I'm not interested in 8.1 as I dislike the idea of upgrading through the store, if by any chance they change mind and provide an ISO, I may consider
even with cleaning windows update in 8, you gain about 1 gig- big woop! now if you could gain about 10gigs that would be sweet when it comes to a tablet.
As for just throwing it away, yea if i bought it for under $100 I might throw it away but there are not many decent onces for that price, most are $499 and up. Maybe If i was a millionare or had a money tree in my back yard, I would not care and just "throw it away" but I am not and I cannot see purchasing a tablet then finding out I cannot upgrade it to 8.1 without uninstalling Office which is a pain, especially those that come built in with Office, the horror you have to go through to reinstall is worse than not having 8.1
Some of these do not come with the program on a sheet with the key info, so now what?
Some do or if you purchased a downloadable Office, and have to put it back (like I had to for the first Assus I bought because it was lossing battery and I already put Office 2013 Pro on it before I relealized the battery was so bad, BB gave me a replacement)
That was fun when it asked for the key which I had, and told me :This is an unauthorized key code"- duh, so I had to call Microsoft and exlain what happend and they gave me a new code, sitting on the phone on hold for a half hour was not a pleasant thing to do.
Why should I have to uninstall Office to get the space (which acutally is not enough because office uses when installed about 3 gigs
Why should the tablet not have the full 64gigs I am purchasing? It should be a 85gig drive but after the OS and everything else Microsoft installs, well if it comes to 64gigs, then I have enough space to put the essential programs on.
I am not using a Windows 8 tablet as a toy, I am using it for business
If I want a toy I would get an Ipad
Plain and simple!
I think we are being ripped off by Microsoft and manufactures who are selling 64gig Tablets and not giving us the full value of the tablet to use!!!
Plain and simple!
I would like to see what happens when consumers and business people who purchased the 65gig Surface Pro or one of the other manufacturers making tablets find they cannot put on 8.1 that Microsoft is forcing you to put on!
That will be real interesting news!!