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Old 02-09-03, 06:26 PM
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Just ordered me a new laptop

I have a Sony PCG-SR7K laptop I purchased 3 years ago. It's a Pentium III 600MHz with 256MB RAM and a 12GB hard drive. My brother-in-law have been using my laptop for the last 6 months. I think it's about time to get another laptop and I end up buying the Sony VAIO PCG-R505GC for $1891.58 including a neoprene case from Sony Style. I can't wait for it

I was looking at these 4 laptops, all Pentium III level:

Dell Latitude X200
Lightest of the 4 laptops but also the second slowest CPU. I actually prefer this laptop of the 4 because of the weight since my Sony SR7K is only 2.98lb. Even with Dell's $100 off + free shipping, the cost is too high for the spec I'm getting. It comes with 128MB + 128MB RAM free, but 256MB is not enough for what I'm planning to do. Crucial charges $149 for a 512MB module so I'll have a total of 640MB. The 30GB hard drive, lack of builtin wireless and costly warranty didn't help either. $180 something dollars for a 1 year warranty with onsite? Why don't they just offer a warranty with the option no onsite.

IBM Thinkpad X30
This the laptop I really wanted because it offers performance, portablility and expandability but it's the most expensive of the 4. Even with the 10% discount I can get from work, it's still too expensive. Starting price is $2324 for only 256MB RAM, 40GB hard drive. A 512MB module from Crucial is $149. Include tax and shipping, this laptop will be in the $3k range.

Sony VAIO PCG-R505GC
This is the laptop I end up getting. The deal is pretty sweet with Sony's free 256MB RAM upgrade and free shipping. It's a Pentium III 1.2GHz, 512MB, 60GB hard drive, 12.1" LCD, builtin modem, 10/100 NIC, 802.11b wireless support, 2 USB ports, 1394 port, Memory Stick slot (not sure if it will support the Memory Stick Pro), 4.37lb, and I got XP Professional with it. The most rip off is the 40GB to 60GB upgrade. It's an additional $300. I could had ordered the 30GB and then later install a 60GB I can get it cheaper from elsewhere but it ain't worth the headache. The bad deal is no CD-ROM and floppy. I will install my software via the network or the external CDRW/DVD I purchased for the Sony SR7K. eBay is selling the Sony external VAIO CDRW/DVD for a much cheaper price than Sony. At least I know it's not something I really need since I have the Sony SR7K for 3 years and the lack of a floppy and cdrom drive was never an issue.

Sony VAIO PCG-VX89P
This is Sony's answer to the SR series. The slowest CPU of the 4 laptops. I don't need a 14.1" LCD and the largest hard drive is 30GB which is too small.

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Old 02-09-03, 07:23 PM
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sweet

small and light... but what do you need a 60G on a laptop for? but than again why do I have over 400 GB in one computer?

i THINK the big price difference was the speed? isn't the 60GB a 5400 rpm drive versus 4200 for the 40GB?

hey, try getting one of those pen drives and see if you can boot from that with this laptop. then I'll think about getting one (pen drive)
Old 02-09-03, 07:32 PM
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The laptop will be used mainly for work or traveling. The fact that the laptop don't come with a cdrom/dvd drive, I have to store some of the data to the hdd instead. Also, I like to store movies, mp3, and my photos to the laptop, thus the 60GB hdd. When I am on vacation, I store my photos in a portable storage device, A 10GB Mindstor, but I like to have them in the laptop too for redundancy. The Mindstor has failed me once, luckily it was only 1 day worth of pics, and I will not allow that to happen again.

I don't know what is the rpm for the 60GB hdd but I bet it's a slow one. I know my IBM PC at work supports USB bootup. This laptop is fairly new so I'm sure it will. I am thinking of getting the Sandisk 256MB USB flash drive.
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i was looking for one too, maybe this one.

vpr Matrix 180B5 $1000 @ bestbuy.com, with $100 rebate.

it's basically a Samsung P10 series, from what i've heard.

1.8GHz Intel Mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M
15" XGA LCD display
30GB hard drive capacity
512MB DDR memory
DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
32MB ATI Radeon 7500 Graphics
Weighs only 5.8 lbs.
Integrated 10/100 network capability
Built-in 802.11b wireless networking
V.92 modem
1 IEEE 1394 (FireWire® ) port
2 USB ports


just replace the hd, and i think it should be ok for you too.
Old 02-10-03, 12:22 AM
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That is a very good price for a notebook that size and weight. The VPR look and sound very tempting but it's still not a Sony or IBM. I don't care what anyone else say, these are 2 favorite laptop companies. Sony laptops has one of the best LCD in the business... check it out if you don't believe me. Beside, 5.8lb is too heavy. 4.37lb is heavy too but it is still a pound lighter. Just remember, I don't just carry my laptop, I carry my camera and possibly other gears too so every bit of weight counts.
Old 02-10-03, 12:38 AM
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Originally posted by zuffy
That is a very good price for a notebook that size and weight. The VPR look and sound very tempting but it's still not a Sony or IBM. I don't care what anyone else say, these are 2 favorite laptop companies. Sony laptops has one of the best LCD in the business... check it out if you don't believe me. Beside, 5.8lb is too heavy. 4.37lb is heavy too but it is still a pound lighter. Just remember, I don't just carry my laptop, I carry my camera and possibly other gears too so every bit of weight counts.
well, in that case, i'll give you a U20 for your 717...that should lessen your load by over a pound

anyways, if you're gonna be carrying it in the field a lot, then definately get something very light.
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I just ordered one as well, to replace my desktop. It has been glitchy for a while and now the fans going bad, so I decided to upgrade rather than deal with repairing. Plus I'd prefer to have a lap top so I can lug it to campus occasionally when needed.

I went with:

Dell Inspiron 2650

Mobile Pentium 4 2.0 ghz
15.0" XGA Screen
256 MB Ram
20GB HD
16MB Geforce 2 Video Card
CDRW/DVD Drive combo
Office XP Small Business
Free carrying case.

I looked at some gateways and IBMs as well but they came in about $300 higher for the same setups.

The only thing I don't like about it is it's bulky and heavy (about 8lbs), but I won't have to lug it around very often and I was more interested in getting a powerful system that will last longer (in terms of becoming obsolete) as opposed to getting a small light system and sacrificing a lot of features (and paying more to boot).
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That's cool. I can't never replace my desktop with a laptop. Desktop will always be faster and cheaper. I don't play games in my laptop so my old laptop lasted for 3 years. Even now, a Pentium III 600MHz with 256MB is not bad. This is why I stuck with a Pentium III level for the new laptop.

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All I use my computer for is writing papers, basic statistical analysis, excel, money, and the internet, so I have no need of a desktop, especially since I don't play PC games.
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zuffy,

do your eyes ever get tired from looking at that small screen? i was considering the r505, but i really needed the 14.1 TFT. even though it was a little slower, i love my vx88. i haven't run into trouble with the 30GB HD limit yet though. also, i agree about the lcd. my dad recently purchased a dell, and the text looks fuzzy at 1024x768.

i hate sony style though. it's one of the worst online stores i've dealt with. it's too bad sony has such crappy service for their outstanding products.

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loving my f717, vx88, ps2, 57" HDTV, and all things sony.
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quietsoul,

I think 12.1" is a great size. I've been using my 10.4" for almost 3 years @ 1024 x 768 without much problem. The text is very clear. I love to have a 14" or 15" LCD but the extra weight is a turn off. I like to store my mapping softwares, Microsoft TechNet, MP3, movies, & pics in the laptop so I want to get the largest hdd I can get.

I have ordered from Sony Style a couple of times for the camera remote and battery. The delivery was pretty fast. So far, the laptop order is going well. I got my confirmation order already and hopefully before the end of this week they have the laptop ready to be shipped.

I think I have at least 1 Sony product in every category by Sony.
Old 02-13-03, 12:41 PM
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My Dell laptop shipped today. Very impressed with the time frame, as the estimated "ship on or before" date was Feb 17. I placed the order on the 7th, so that's only a 6 day turnaround, not too shabby.
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my vpr matrix 180b5 just shipped today.
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Mine is not even ready yet
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Sony email me the tracking # for the neoprene case but no laptop
Old 02-13-03, 10:04 PM
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blah...neoprene is cheap...go buy some from mcmastercarr, and save yourself some money
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Sony is selling it for $19.99 custom fit and it has the VAIO tag on it
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Originally posted by zuffy
Sony is selling it for $19.99 custom fit and it has the VAIO tag on it
that's a good price, esp. for a sony bag.

oh, 12.1" huh?
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Originally posted by D.Phillibuster
that's a good price, esp. for a sony bag.

oh, 12.1" huh?
I've just noticed that in your sig.
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After Sony's (lack of) support for my current laptop, I've pretty much sworn off of their products forever.
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Zuffy,

Yeah, the case has got to have VAIO on the outside. I haven't completed my Sony collection yet. I need to find a good DV-camera next. Got any suggestions?

Also, Sony Style is great the turn-around times from ordering to shipping. It's the returns that are incredibly annoying. I ordered a double-capacity battery for the VX-88, and it turned out it was twice the size (duh). Of course, the website had no mention of the size, and they had used (and still use) an image of the single-capacity battery. I tried to return it, but they refused to cover shipping citing that I had bought the product and was returning it because I didn't like it. In the end, I had to get tech support and several CSRs to admit they had no idea what the dimensions were and a few to admit that it was the same size as a normal one before management finally issued me a shipping stub. They even went as far as to say that I should call customer service and tech support to check the dimensions on everything and to never trust the images on their website.

It's too bad Sony has such bad customer support. Have fun with your new toy.
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Check warehouse.com, they sometimes have weirdly cheap deals. Last month (I think it's gone now) I picked up the Compaq Evo N600c (business line, better than the Presarios!) with 1.2G P3, 256M/30M, DVD/CD-R drive, 14.1" 1400x1040, plus a 32MB video card, for $999.
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I just checked warehouse.com and their currently offered $999 Evo N600c is a cheaper configuration (DVD-only drive, 1.06G P3, 20G/128M, 16MB video card....)
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wooohooooo.... I got my laptop! Very very nice. I can't believe I order Windows XP Home though... I swear I selected XP Professional but apparently I didn't
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Still haven't got mine.

UPS sucks.

It's been at the local UPS center sense Sunday.

It was out for delivery on tuesday, but didn't come.

Then the tracking thing said "left in ups facility, delayed, forwarded to destination"

Wed, Thurs and Fri it was scheduled for delivery but never came. Tracking shows "package missed, no delivery attempt made" for each of those three days. I called every day and they just apologized and said it showed that it would be delivered the next day (Monday now).

I don't know what the problem is. I didn't mind the initial dealy as the roads were still bad tuesday from the snow, but they've been fine since Wednesday. I don't know what the hold up is.

I'll be sure to order form places that use Fed Ex in the future.

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