@ StraightLine- I once made the mistake of buying a Gateway laptop that did not have the capacity to expand the RAM. The processor, hard drive space, and extra features were great for the price I paid…maybe a little too great for the $900 I paid. In about a year and a half I needed to upgrade my memory so my PC could handle some of the more powerful software applications I was using.
I took it to the Microsoft store only to find out it already had its maximum 1 GB of RAM installed. Why a company would build a PC that powerful, but only limit it to 1GB of RAM beats me. I now know why it was on clearance.
Soon after, I gave the Gateway up and bought a nice VAIO. Now I have 4 GB of RAM that is expandable to 8 GB and a blazing fast processor. I only spent about $300 more, but it has been well worth it. I should be able to keep this computer for twice as long.