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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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