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Re: Sony Vaio Z...
« Reply #30 on: September 07, 2010, 02:48:22 AM »
Update: Sony's external vendor rejected my trade-in claim because it apparently isn't valid on the configurable Z12 that I purchased for $2,050.

I called up Sony threatening to return the laptop and they just issued a $300 refund!

Not bad considering that now I also get to keep the laptop I was going to trade in!


If the vendor doesn't know about the refund it would mean that you can theoretically return the laptop and pocket the $300.
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Re: Sony Vaio Z...
« Reply #31 on: September 07, 2010, 09:49:13 AM »
If the vendor doesn't know about the refund it would mean that you can theoretically return the laptop and pocket the $300.
Yes, but the vendor already rejected my claim.
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Re: Anyone know if this laptop is a good deal?
« Reply #32 on: October 19, 2010, 02:34:02 PM »
Disclaimer: I'm writing on a Dell I've had that's five years old, but the Dell I bought to replace it only gave me heartache. I'd say Lenovo Thinkpads are better built than any current consumer Dells (Inspiron/XPS etc.).
The 700m series was the last great Dell series IMHO...well built, good design, great quality, etc.
What did you replace it with?
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Re: Re: Anyone know if this laptop is a good deal?
« Reply #33 on: October 19, 2010, 02:39:34 PM »
The 700m series was the last great Dell series IMHO...well built, good design, great quality, etc.

I think there are a few good Dell latitudes (such as the E3410) since the 700M.

What did you replace it with?

An M1330 which died needed the motherboard replaced repeatedly. I got Dell to give me an XPS 16, which I sold for $1200 cash. I'm writing on my 700M, which is on its last leg, still looking for my next ultraportable. I'm probably going to settle for the Toshiba R700 series, or a Sony Z if I find one for a good enough price.
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Re: Re: Anyone know if this laptop is a good deal?
« Reply #34 on: October 19, 2010, 02:56:52 PM »
I think there are a few good Dell latitudes (such as the E3410) since the 700M.
I never tried a latitude, I guess I'll limit my statements to the dell home line.

If you're willing to spend go for the Sony Z, get 10%-15% off by going through the school or 2 accessory discount, and then use the trade-in loophole I discovered to get another $300 off...
Still will be expensive, but it's by far and away the best ultra-portable out there.
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Re: Re: Anyone know if this laptop is a good deal?
« Reply #35 on: October 19, 2010, 03:02:55 PM »
I never tried a latitude, I guess I'll limit my statements to the dell home line.

If you're willing to spend go for the Sony Z, get 10%-15% off by going through the school or 2 accessory discount, and then use the trade-in loophole I discovered to get another $300 off...
Still will be expensive, but it's by far and away the best ultra-portable out there.



I prefer to wait for something like the microsoft store 35% discounts, or to buy it on clearance. I've already seen it for $1599 at some legit sites. When the new models come out, the older ones' prices will drop.
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Re: Re: Anyone know if this laptop is a good deal?
« Reply #36 on: October 19, 2010, 03:07:59 PM »

I prefer to wait for something like the microsoft store 35% discounts, or to buy it on clearance. I've already seen it for $1599 at some legit sites. When the new models come out, the older ones' prices will drop.

The Z12 is $1,799 now with the Z13 just released (And the Z13 doesn't come in black for whatever odd reason without paying an extra $50)  If you are able to finagle 15% off with a sales rep that's $1,529 and less $300 is $1,229...
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Re: Re: Anyone know if this laptop is a good deal?
« Reply #37 on: October 19, 2010, 03:24:08 PM »
The Z12 is $1,799 now with the Z13 just released (And the Z13 doesn't come in black for whatever odd reason without paying an extra $50)  If you are able to finagle 15% off with a sales rep that's $1,529 and less $300 is $1,229...

If only I can cash in the trade in if I buy from an online retailer. Better cahsback and no tax to NY.

I also want to see what new laptops apple will be launching tomorrow. Rumor has it an updated macbook air is coming out.
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Re: Re: Anyone know if this laptop is a good deal?
« Reply #38 on: October 19, 2010, 03:33:21 PM »
If only I can cash in the trade in if I buy from an online retailer. Better cahsback and no tax to NY.

I also want to see what new laptops apple will be launching tomorrow. Rumor has it an updated macbook air is coming out.
Getting $300 and not trading in anything is pretty good in my book...plus I have the OEM warranty including damage.

If the Macbook Air comes out with a 13", Core i7, 8GB RAM, dedicated graphics, 7+hour removable battery, SSD, DVD Burner, 3 USB ports, webcam, bluetooth, memory card reader with HDMI and a backlit keyboard weighing in at 3 pounds tomorrow I will eat my Z12...
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Re: Re: Anyone know if this laptop is a good deal?
« Reply #39 on: October 19, 2010, 03:36:21 PM »
Getting $300 and not trading in anything is pretty good in my book...plus I have the OEM warranty including damage.
The OEM warranty (3yr) is an extra $400.
If the Macbook Air comes out with a 13", Core i7, 8GB RAM, dedicated graphics, 7+hour removable battery, SSD, DVD Burner, 3 USB ports, webcam, bluetooth, memory card reader with HDMI and a backlit keyboard weighing in at 3 pounds tomorrow I will eat my Z12...
But will you post the video on YouTube? :D
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Re: Re: Anyone know if this laptop is a good deal?
« Reply #40 on: October 19, 2010, 03:39:43 PM »
The OEM warranty (3yr) is an extra $400.
But will you post the video on YouTube? :D
True, $400 less 10-15%.  But 3 years of replacement coverage for any accidents that may occur is worth that on an expensive laptop.
But will you post the video on YouTube? :D
Definitely  ;D
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Re: Re: Anyone know if this laptop is a good deal?
« Reply #41 on: October 19, 2010, 03:46:31 PM »
True, $400 less 10-15%.  But 3 years of replacement coverage for any accidents that may occur is worth that on an expensive laptop.

Absolutely. CompleteCare on my Dell M1330 got me an XPS 16 replacement.
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Re: Re: Anyone know if this laptop is a good deal?
« Reply #42 on: October 20, 2010, 07:45:10 PM »
New Macbook Air is out, and of course it is pretty.
However...
No backlit keyboard!!! Who sells a premium laptop without a backlit keyboard in 2010?? (Sony Z has an amazing one)
Also last generation Core2Duo processor. (Sony Z offers i5 or i7)
Still no removable battery. (Sony Z does)
Max 4GB RAM. (8GB in Sony Z)
No HDMI.  (Sony Z does)
No Optical Drive.  (Sony Z does)
2 USB ports (Sony Z has 3)
Glossy display with gobs of glare.  (Sony Z has a higher res no glare screen)
Weighs 2.9 pounds vs. 3 pounds for the Sony Z.

I fail to see why anyone but an Apple Fanboi would buy the 13" Macbook Air over the Sony Z.
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Re: Re: Anyone know if this laptop is a good deal?
« Reply #43 on: October 20, 2010, 08:00:32 PM »
New Macbook Air is out, and of course it is pretty.
However...
No backlit keyboard!!! Who sells a premium laptop without a backlit keyboard in 2010?? (Sony Z has an amazing one)
Also last generation Core2Duo processor. (Sony Z offers i5 or i7)
Still no removable battery. (Sony Z does)
Max 4GB RAM. (8GB in Sony Z)
No HDMI.  (Sony Z does)
No Optical Drive.  (Sony Z does)
2 USB ports (Sony Z has 3)
Glossy display with gobs of glare.  (Sony Z has a higher res no glare screen)
Weighs 2.9 pounds vs. 3 pounds for the Sony Z.

I fail to see why anyone but an Apple Fanboi would buy the 13" Macbook Air over the Sony Z.

I'd buy the macbook if it was priced at what it's worth, i.e. the 13.3" with 4gb RAM and the better processor for ~$800.
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Re: Re: Anyone know if this laptop is a good deal?
« Reply #44 on: October 20, 2010, 08:06:27 PM »
I'd buy the macbook if it was priced at what it's worth, i.e. the 13.3" with 4gb RAM and the better processor for ~$800.
Well yes, at $800 for the 13.3" they may even convert me :)
At $1,799 for that (for 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and 2.16GHz Core2Duo) I'll pass.
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