Apparently the price of the base model pre-configured HP Mini 2140 has dropped 50 USD to $449. A fantastic price for this unit- but the story changes quite dramatically if you choose to configure a model. It appears that the same spec'd device (1GB RAM, 160GB 5400, XP Home, BT, etc) jumps to the incredible price of $676 when you configure your own... what's that all about?
Looking back at the pre-configured models confuses me even further. The $479 model is the same as the base model, but with the 6 cell battery option (5 dollars more than the $25 option for the 6 cell when you configure your own?). According to the spec sheet at http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm ... 72994.html - these are the same specs as the $629 pre-configured model. Also curious is the fact that the next model is 100 dollars more at $729; for this price you lose the 6 cell and gain 1GB of RAM- which is a heck of a lot more (130 dollars, after subtracting that 30 bucks for going to the 3 cell from 6 cells) than you'd spend to put an additional 1GB in a configured model. FWIW- buying your own 2GB stick of RAM runs you 25 dollars. :-\
Can anyone explain to me why the prices are so ridiculous?? I mean, I get that HP is going to screw you on the price of a RAM upgrade, but why is the base price of a 'configure your own' Mini 2140 so incredibly high?