Question The cost of SSD capacity when shopping for new Laptop

Apr 12, 2022
I purchased a new laptop back in 2020. I may be getting to the point already, where I want to swap out my current 512gb SSD for a 1 or 2TB SSD.

The thing I noticed back in 2020, and currently, is when pricing ("building your computer") on a manufacturer's website (Dell, or Lenovo etc), The cost of the SSD seems crazy high, compared to buying a separate SSD yourself.

For example. On the Lenovo website:

Lenovo Thinkpad ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11

If I wanted to upgrade from the 256 GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4 TLC Opal to a 1 TB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4 Performance TLC Opal

its a difference of $507.

Yet if I price third-party 1TB NVMe M.2 SSDs, they are ridiculously less expensive. like Around $60
(for example SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD, V-NAND Technology,, MZ-V7S1T0B/AM)

Maybe they don't have all the same specs, but my question is:

Would it be best to purchase a laptop (or desktop for that matter), with the cheapest, smallest storage size SSD, and replace it with your own third-party SSD right off the bat? Just clone the factory installed SSD with your own better one? ok, yeah, it is a pain to be swapping, cloning drives. I've never cloned/replaced a drive before, but since I may have to for my current laptop, I figured next time I buy a whole new laptop, I'll just do the same again.