I take it you've been window-shopping. I do that sometimes too.
I'm curious as to weather this laptop comes with SecureBoot? I think that would be something important they should point out in this situation.
According to the manual it does have secure-boot.
Are they just not able to do it cost effectively without the support of M.S
As far as I can tell this laptop is priced so highly because of the graphics card, 1080p touch-screen display, and powerful Intel CPU. After doing a brief search it seems to be priced comparably to those with similar hardware. To show what I mean I've listed the specs for it, a similary priced HP machine, and my own laptop.Dell Precision Workstation m3800 Specs:
(currently there is a 30% off instant spring savings discount making it only $1649.00 USD).
-Intel Core i7-4712HQ [Quad-core 2.30GHz turbo 3.3GHz]
-Windows 7 Professional 64bit or Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit. (Alternatively you can save $101.50 USD by choosing Ubuntu 14.04)
-Nvidia Quadro K1100M 2GB GDDR5
-15.6" 1080p touchscreen display 60Hz
-8GB 1600MHz DDR3 ram
-2.5" 500GB 7200RPM hard drive
-SATA 3 storage interface
-6-cell 61Whr battery
-130W AC Adapter
-USB ethernet adapter
-USB 2.0 x1 and USB 3.0 x3
-SD 4.0 memory card reader
-Mini-DisplayPort DP 1.2
-720p 30frames per second web cam (0.92 megapixel still pictures)
-UEFI (including secure-boot support)HP Z Book F1M35UT#ABA:
(BestBuy.com has it for $2,015.42 and includes free shipping)
-Windows 8.1 Pro (allows downgrading to Windows 7 Professional)
-Intel Core i7-4810MQ (Quad-core 2.8ghz turbo 3.8ghz)
-DVD±RW SuperMulti DL Drive
-15.6 inch 1080p display (not a touch screen)
-NVIDIA Quadro K1100M with 2 GB dedicated GDDR5 video memory
-8GB 1600MHz DDR3L 2DM ram
-256GB PCIe solid state drive
-HP 8-cell 83 Wh Li-Ion Battery
-Gigabit ethernet adapter
-4 USB portsMy Toshiba Satellite S855D-00D001:
-I paid $650 CAD
almost 3 years ago (current exchange rates that's about $530 USD
-AMD A10-4600m Quad-core 2.3GHz turbo 3.2GHz
-Windows 8 64bit, UEFI, secure-boot
-AMD Radeon HD 7660G integrated graphics
-AMD Radeon HD 7610M 1GB DDR3 discreet graphics.
-8GB 1600MHz DDR3 ram
-SDHC/SD card reader (up to 32GB SDHC cards)
-15.6 inch Display (1366x768 max resolution) non-touch.
-VGA display output
-DVD+RW DL SuperMulti DVD drive
-USB 2.0 x1
-USB 3.0 x2
-1.0 megapixel HD webcam
-1TB sata hard drive
As you can see the HP has similar specs for the same price range. While it lacks a touch screen it makes up for it with an SSD and dvd burner. My laptop has similar base features, but lacks the high-end CPU, display, and graphics card, so by comparing its price to the Dell's you can get an idea of how much one is actually paying for those individual pieces of hardware.
I'm with paul88ks, I couldn't spend that much on a laptop; I don't need that kind of power, and tend to replace my computer reasonibly often (every 4 years-ish)
. When building my first custom desktop I did spend a lot (mostly due to an expensive case and multiple operating systems)
, but now-adays I'm more interested in low-end to mid-range gear. I spent $650 on my last computer, and aim to spend equal-to-or-less on my next.