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Can you help me to find out good deal for Sony vaio laptop ?

submitted on January 11, 2010 by TheBest in "Products / Gadgets"
I am looking for sony laptop with good configuration. I visited few stores and got this in-store deal

Sony VAIO VGN-NW270F/S Notebook
2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile T6600, 4GB DDR2, 320GB HDD, BD-ROM/DVD±RW DL, Windows 7 Home Premium, 15.5" LCD @ Staples for $699.99

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Sony - VAIO Laptop with Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor - Chocolate Brown
Intel® Core™2 Duo processor P7450; 6GB DDR2 memory; 6-cell lithium-ion; DL DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with Blu-ray Disc support; 16.4" widescreen; 500GB hard drive; built-in webcam; Bluetooth; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit @ BestBuy for $899.99

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  • 48844
    bigger915
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    Posted by bigger915 on January 11, 2010
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    What all are you going to be doing w/ the new laptop? Are you buying it just because you need a new one or purchasing one for a specific purpose?
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    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on January 11, 2010
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    This model is no longer available from Sony Style, and the choices with lower prices are not so good:

    $729.99 at Best Buy, was as low as $699 in December. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/So.....&cp=1&lp=1
    $796.99 from CDW.com http://www.cdw.com/shop/produc.....Hz_1958202

    Ratings for this model range from 8.0-9.1 out of 10, considered an inexpensive laptop for home use. While it is definitely a plus to get a blu-ray drive in an inexpensive model, there are a few drawbacks. These include average battery life, display falls short of 1080p resolution, lid and screen are a bit too flexible, and low-resolution webcam.

    If you like and want to buy Sony, it would be good to buy locally to get the store's extended warranty so you can deal with them directly. Sony's warranty repair requires that you ship the unit back to them, and their quality control has deteriorated over the past few years. In addition, when the screen cracked on some models because of too much flex in the lid, Sony refused to repair them under warranty. We had to return 5 different new models (at work) because they arrived not in working order. Two other models that we kept had to be returned to Sony for repair 3 times each in the first 6 months.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on January 11, 2010
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      Do you have a Fry's near you? If you buy from them with an extended warranty, you can take it back to them for service and they will replace the laptop if it fails. Dell offers on-site service, and they will also replace it if it fails under warranty. Unfortunately we have to consider the service issues.

      Here are a couple of sites to read reviews and find choices by price:
      http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/
      http://www.notebookreview.com/
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    • TheBest
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      Posted by TheBest on January 11, 2010
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      Thanks Houtex:) .No, I don't have a Fry's nearby. I have some bad experience with HP laptop so I wanted to go for sony. you can recommend some other brands too.
  • 48846
    TheBest
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    Posted by TheBest on January 11, 2010
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    This is for work from home and need to install sql server and visual studio for asp.net.
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    • equipurple
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      Posted by equipurple on January 11, 2010
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      Sony VAIO is a high end line, with a focus on style and comfort, as well as graphics and multimedia. I have found in my experience it to be particularly well suited to graphic designers. Needless to say, VAIOs tend to be more expensive. In some ways they are the most mac-like of windows laptops.
      As a business and development work horse machine, I would look at a Toshiba or an above-entry level Dell.
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    mooncow728
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    Posted by mooncow728 on January 11, 2010
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    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1130507.html

    This tells you about the laptops most likely and least likely to fail during the first 3 years.
    They concluded that HP laptops tend to break down more often than any - 25.6% of all HP laptops needed repair after three years.

    Gateway laptops were rated second most likely to malfunction, with 23.5% of all new Gateways destined to break down in this period, followed by Acer, with a 21.5% breakdown rate.

    Other brands, from the most to least likely to break down were rated as follows: Lenovo, Dell, Apple, Sony, Toshiba and Asus.

    The study found 15.7% of all new Toshiba and 15.6% of all new Asus laptops are likely to malfunction during this period.
  • 49028
    TheBest
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    Posted by TheBest on January 12, 2010
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    Thanks guys Smile .I got my new laptop yesterday from BestBuy. I am trying to upgrade it from Windows 7 Home premium to professional and it's almost 2 hours with same message :
    " Preparing to configure your system.
    Do not turn off your computer." Confused

    Anyway thanks for your help Smile
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    • equipurple
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      Posted by equipurple on January 12, 2010
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      Good luck!
  • 49615
    equipurple
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    Posted by equipurple on January 18, 2010 [reply] 0 0

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