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I don't think that is a factor the general consumer can even dream up. People rather 'consume' a laptop and then throw it away after a few years. It's why there are so many low-end models sold and why so many manufacturers make them (usually based on the same blueprint from the CPU manufacturer + laptop design from the likes of Compal or Foxconn, nobody wants to waste money on designing those internally).

At the same time, the use case where manual 'servicing' of a laptop was more relevant has mostly passed. This came about because of post-imaging-once lifecycle management in the business sectors (which isn't universal just yet...) combined with the cattle vs. pets approach when it comes to business laptops. A lot of personal use has moved to mobile devices and clouds, making the laptop less and less of a special thing to be preserved.

To me, this all is a bit sad and wasteful, if we were to make it easier to swap out modules while keeping the form factor, that would be a good thing. But that costs money, and unless the mass market sees a use in it, they are not going to pay for it.

During the spinning hard drive -> SSD transition, a lot of old laptops had their lifetimes increased by replacing the hard drives. I don’t see an easy increase like that in the future. True, you can’t replace the battery yourself and you have to pay the markup to getting it replaced and you have to max out the RAM from day one, but RAM prices have been relatively stable for years. It wasn’t like back in the day when RAM prices fluctuated by 30-50%.

Makes sense. I have to say I haven't had the need to upgrade any laptop for the last few years. Probably since 2015 or something like that.

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