Laptops and the Economy of Scale

The sales in the laptops have been increasing more than 60% per year continuously for the past 4-5 years. In the mean while the cost of the laptops has decreased continuously in the same time period, with even laptops costing below 200 dollars available from branded laptop manufacturers and distributors. This reminds me of the famous and most common principle in economics: The economy of scale.

For those who do not know, “the economy of scale”. The economy of scale is the cost advantages that are obtained due to expansion. Henry Ford was the first to use this strategy in a large scale when he wanted every man to have his own personal car. Now how does it apply for a laptop?

A laptop as we can know consists of various key parts: The Processor, The memory, the mother board and the outer case including the body, keyboards etc. Out of these, the processor primarily manufactured by Intel, the memory and the motherboard are capital intensive whose per unit cost would reduce considerably if the number of units increases. Whereas the other parts will have a significant variable cost component in it and may not decrease so much. Thus with increase in units manufactured, the cost of these components (The processor, the motherboard, the memory) will decrease thus decreasing the cost of the laptop. Perhaps, now you can speculate the reason why you can get netbooks costing below 200 dollars which is branded and good.

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MSI GT683R – Presenting Your New Game Partner

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For those of you who love gaming and are looking for the perfect laptop to make it your game partner, your search has come to an end because the MSI GT683R was created with this exact purpose. Of course you want a powerful partner in your gaming journeys, someone you can rely on blindly, and who will not disappoint you. Yes! The new release from MSI does all that because it features the power of an Intel Core i7 2630 processor and the support of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics.

Nothing at this laptop can be categorized as being usual. The entire design of the GT683R was based on LEDs: on the exterior of the lid we find a LED strip at the bottom, left and right side, but also in the middle the backlit MSI logo smiles back at you. When the lid is opened, we find a surprising design with 2 round speakers, one in every upper corner above the chiclet style keyboard, a multitouch touchpad framed by metal strips, and an extra line of sensitive buttons above the keyboard for fast access at: Bluetooth, Dynamic LED, Cooler Booster and others.

Any respectable laptop designed for gaming has to offer great performance and awesome graphics for you to be able to enjoy all those latest games.

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Is the i7 Sandy Bridge Laptop Good for CAD?

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Many people have argued over the success of the Sandy Bridge architecture which has and is being currently developed by Intel, but the truth is that nowadays you can’t find a more powerful device than the Intel i7. With high demands on hardware, CAD programs are very hard to use on a regular device, so we will have to ask, how good is the i7 Sandy Bridge laptop for CAD?

First of all, CAD software stresses all the hardware of a computer – from CPU to RAM and graphics card, so you will have to acquire a good combination for your PC to be able to easily run CAD. If you are thinking of a netbook, then you’ve heavily undershot your budget. While netbooks are easy to carry around, the tiny Intel Atom CPU is nothing when compared to the powerful Intel i7. Try to size your budget and requirements according to your needs and remember to always check the requirements sheet of the software your are trying to run.

Second of all, in many cases an i7 Sandy Bridge laptop is one of the best products you can find on the market, but it also depends on the RAM you have. Over 4GB or RAM are required for many software products such as Inventor or SolidWorks 2011, but anything over 4GB is good for the future. The graphics card will have to come with over 1GB of dedicated RAM

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Tips on Buying the Best Laptops Under 300 Dollars

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Laptops Under 300 Dollars – With a spate of new Intel mobile processors released on the market, the older “premium” laptop models are slowly reaching the sub $300 lower prices without sacrificing quality or features. Though some people opt to go with what is the latest and hottest in the market, those who want a sweet deal along with excellent features can find that there are many fully-functioning laptops available at great prices . → Read More

PC Makers Stalled By Intel Design Flaw

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A design problem discovered in chips designed by Intel has forced a number of PC makers to halt production of PC models powered by the affected chipset. Many PC makers including Dell and HP are awaiting new versions of the affected chipset before resuming production. According to a company announcement made this Monday, the problem was discovered in Intel’s Series 6 chipset; also known as Cougar Point. Intel has said that about 5% of the chips will not last the stipulated 3-5 year life span of an average PC. → Read More