Sources: Microsoft on YouTube, Acer [C720P press release]
quote: The Lenovo machine comes with slightly more memory (4 GB), but with a last-generation Ivy Bridge processor, the dual-core 1.9 GHz Intel Pentium 2127U ULV. It's thicker (0.90 in.), weighs more (3.1 lb), has no SSD (instead it has a cheaper 500 GB, 5400 rpm HDD).more memory (4 GB), but a last generation processor
quote: I just picked up a quad-core 15.6" laptop with 4Gb of RAM and a 500Gb hard drive for $259. With Win8.1. And no...it wasn't a Black Friday deal.
quote: There's really no way anyone could ever justify buying a Chromebook. Not unless they were somehow sold at like $100. That might be enough to justify the difference.
quote: But there's not the slightest point in pretending that you're somehow getting a superior machine at that price point with a Chromebook vs. Windows
quote: A junk CPU, junk ram, and a slow and noisy storage device no doubt. Most laptops with those prices have old generation junk components.
quote: An SSD is the *least* important thing to the *VAST* majority of users.
quote: If you tell them that the only choices within their budget are a slow HDD, or a lightning fast SSD that doesn't have adequate storage for all their stuff... the choice isn't so obvious anymore. If you can afford a big enough SSD (at a higher price) or are willing to sacrifice other things (storage space, performance, both) then it's a lot simpler.