Beware of the cheap, low cost Laptops

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    A friend of mine brought over a laptop he bought only a few weeks ago, complaining he can't install anything and gets memory errors. I open it up...confused for a minute... 32 GB memory??....what is this?
    I had no idea these things existed.
    They are now selling brand new laptops under $200.
    There's a catch.... a BIG one... it has no hard drive. No, it doesn't have an SSD drive either....they call it "emmc"...which is basically an internal thumb drive.
    So...you can't really install much of anything. Not without buying a memory card to plug in.

    And another thing, some of them come with only 2 GB RAM....that is criminally low.
     
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    You pay for what you get


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    Aye...but nevertheless buyer beware.
    IMO - they should not be able to sell these calling them laptop computers.
    There should be clear information saying you cannot install programs etc. without buying additional memory cards.
    Literally a few feet away from these are laptops $70 more and it has 15 times the storage capacity.
    People don't even know what memory is.
     
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    Err..yeah. They would not get me with that. No SSD/HDD? no.

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    That sounds absurd, like a burner cell phone or something. Basically allows you to browser surf by the sounds of it, listen to streaming music. How small would the cache be if at all? Is it a well known laptop manufacturer?

    Also to the above, are you confusing 32GB with MB? 32 Gigs of ram would be massive.
     
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    Oh... and how convenient these cheap things are for sale right before school starts.
     
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    Numerous brands....... https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=laptop computers under $200&cat_id=0&typeahead=laptop
     
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    Ah it runs on Android. This is basically a tablet with a larger screen truth be told.

    Yes, for an all purpose laptop, this is useless. For someone surfing, and maybe storing stuff on a micro sd card, it would do the trick. This isn't really a laptop in my opinion, it' just designed to look and feel like one.
     
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    Laptops shouldn't run on Android.
     
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