Post by penguincat on Jun 14, 2012 21:49:40 GMT -5
I don't think the dell guy likes me all the replies are done before 9am. Now its 12.37pm. lol
But yeah I'll most likely get the 3D model. Even though I most likely wont use the 3D or the blu ray burner. I may in the future I plan on getting 2 years warranty with it (which is $70 and included in the above prices) so I hope to have it for a while.
Edit: Just saw that they put the price of the 3D model up by $200 now listed as $1556 now with the 12% off code. Last 24 hours have not been nice to me
Last Edit: Jun 15, 2012 9:19:23 GMT -5 by penguincat
Post by penguincat on Jun 15, 2012 10:17:40 GMT -5
I can still buy it just crabby that they put the price up even though it wasn't listed as a sale. At worst I'll buy the 2nd top one all the others remained the same price.
But reading options for other non 17 inch laptops seems its still cheep.
Which gets the same cpu GTX 670m video card 2x750gig 7200 drives no 3D DVD burner to blu ray burner is $187 500gig 7200rpm drive is $150 Wifi card is $50 16gig of ram (taking it back to 8 gig saves $44) 8 cell battery. Total price for other shops is ~$2100
So yeah I just hope to be able to use the 12% off code that I'm not really meant to use.
Last Edit: Jun 15, 2012 11:51:53 GMT -5 by penguincat
Post by penguincat on Jun 17, 2012 12:27:11 GMT -5
Well its now the 18th and I don't really know what to do. While going though the thread I decided to look some old ones I mentioned before up.
I have found a few auctions that are worth watching that end today. The last time they were listed they sold for ~$900 where as the cheapest shop I found had them for $1325. If I can grab one for under $1100 id be happy. Even though it doesn't have everything I want.
If I forget or the top option goes over price or I change my mind. I'll wait until Friday for the last dell sale. Who knows maybe the 3d laptop will magic drop in price or go up again. lol Or grab one of the other models.
If the sales are bad then buy the gaming laptop I found for $1299 that I mentioned before or see what screen it does have. I may end up getting it if it isn't full hd. Then see if I can change the wireless card.
Edit: 1. Well I kinda forgot about them. Anyway they sold for less then $750 Even with the 15% buyers premium. Which makes me think they were a really good price or that they are rubbish and not worth much. Since most things I want sell higher then id pay. I kinda think I didn't miss out on anything special.
Last Edit: Jun 18, 2012 6:17:27 GMT -5 by penguincat
Post by penguincat on Jun 18, 2012 21:03:44 GMT -5
Well I messaged the shop about the $1299 and what options it has.
While looking I found what appears to be a pretty nice 18.4 inch.
Intel i7-2630QM Gen II Quadcore 2.9ghz 8Gb DDR3 1333 Ram 500gb HDD 7200rpm CD/DVD Burner with Bluray Wireless Network card eSATA On-board LAN HD Sound controller 18.4" HD+ Truebrite LED Screen Harmon Kardon Speakers Glossy Black finish with red stripes Nvidia GTX 460 with 1.5GB DDR5 dedicated memory
For $1499 with a few options. It isn't full hd but yeah I could live with it
Post by penguincat on Jun 20, 2012 17:18:54 GMT -5
Well I bought a laptop.
$1,359 got me a ASUS G74SX-TZ163V Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM (4C, 2.20GHz, Turbo Boost to 3.10GHz) 8GB DDR3 RAM 2x 750GB SATA HDD Blu-Ray Writer drive 17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) ColorShine, LED Backlight display NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560M 10/100/1000 LAN, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth® EAX Advanced HD 5.0 Audio with Subwoofer AC Adapter, Battery (8 cell 5200), Windows® 7 Home Premium Google says the series has a backlit keyboard.
So everything except for a 5ghz wireless card.
I could have gotten the same thing for $1100 but with a gtx460m card. Which maybe I should have done. Also had a 16gig ram model for $1610 which I thought was too pricey.
Anyway I guess now this 7 month adventure is over. So now android phones. lol
Last Edit: Jun 21, 2012 15:12:08 GMT -5 by penguincat
Post by penguincat on Jun 21, 2012 19:13:10 GMT -5
I bought it from the store that people call worse then eBay.
I think it's only because of the 15% buyers premium you have to pay. $1000 bid turns into $1150. Or people changing their mind on items.
I had looked at the site before as I was going to buy the HP from but forgot to bid before it ended. Yesterday there was none under asus today 2 pages full. All buy it now so no nasty extra costs.
Already sent the shipping paper work to the courier. Since its Friday it wont go anywhere though sadly.
Going on some stores prices I saved about $200 on the base and gained extra things such as a better cpu and a blu ray burner plus FHD. I did lose in the ram department. I have 8 gig in my desktop and never have gone darn I needed more though. lol I could end up with a 5ghz compatible wireless card the series has quite a few some with 5ghz and others don't.
Here is another stores price and specs for giggles lol $1539 Intel® Core i7-2630QM, 2.0-2.9GHz, 6MB, 45W 16gb ddr3 1333mhz 1TB 7200rpm nVidia GeForce GTX 560M 3GB GDDR5 DX11 17.3" 1600x900 glossy DVDRW Super Multi Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Integrated Intel® 10/100/1000 Ethernet WiFi Link 1000 A/B/G/N Built-in Subwoofer + 2 speakers EAX Advanced HD 5.0 THX TruStudio 8 cells: 5200 mAh
Last Edit: Jun 21, 2012 19:32:00 GMT -5 by penguincat
Post by penguincat on Jun 22, 2012 21:56:08 GMT -5
Tiny bit cheesed off though.
New batteries are super hard to come by. Plenty of cheap and bad ones. $329 for one from asus. So seems I'm in the exact same boat I am in now.
Also found this out in a review. "High power typically means low battery life, and with all power-saving features turned off, screen brightness and volume set to maximum and an XviD video played back, the battery lasted one hour and 36 minutes — this isn't something designed to be away from the wall for long.
The G74SX is a good laptop marred by painful concessions — namely the awful trackpad, cheap speakers and droves of crapware. All of these things can be overcome by the user spending more time and money, but we sure wish this wasn't the case."
So looks like I will be needing batteries. I did find a shop that I'll try claims to be of great quality. lol But it's Engrish (spelt wrong on purpose) is better then most I have seen. I did get a 3rd party one and I was happy with it but that was a US based store. This one claims to be Australian yet uses a mix of Australian and Canadian currency. Pay with credit card via paypal and I should be fine.
I wonder if its worse then the track pad in my current one. Nothing can be worse I don't think but I have been proved wrong before.
Any laptop with that kind of power and screen size/resolution, turned up to max will have poor battery, it's expected. Of course, that means with some power saving on and reduced brightness and whatnot you could maybe get 2:30/3 hours which isn't great, but hey, that's the price you pay for a powerful laptop. Just stay by outlets when you're planning on really using it to its fullest.
Because I really miss googling laptops I decided to look up what people thought about the laptop on WP. Anyway a few threads had mentioned a ebay seller that I was looking at getting one from. Holly cat I avoided a heap of problems. But after buying so many paper weights from ebay even new laptops put me off. The particular scammer has a very long wrap sheet.
All laptops are "seconds" which have been modded with fake serial numbers. Will hardly ever work or not for very long. Power cables don't fit no warranty at all. Will keep you waiting for replacements. So the 45 day claim time expires. I was half tempted to buy from them but part of the ad screamed strangeness. 1600 x 900 was full hd. It would say blu ray burner up the top but but not contain a blu ray burner anywhere else in the ad. Little fails like that put me off.
The thread I'm reading gets even more interesting. Lists a seller that I was going to buy the HP from as being just as bad.
What gets even worse is it lists the store I bought mine from. As a 50% failure rate. It lists HP dell as main problems. I may have cover as mine seems to be direct from Asus where as others are a 3rd party. I get 5 days to sent it back it seems.
Do you know of any US battery stores that I could compare with what google is saying on prices? I'm kinda tempted to buy 3 batteries from asus but that is likely to cost $1000 which kinda made buying a new laptop pointless. I think I may have found a UK cough "HK" store I think it was recommend to me by a spam bot though, I was looking up another store only to get buy from this one it's better. Looked up the message and got it everywhere lol
I got my battery from an Ebay seller called TechOrbitz, I think. The customer service seemed good, as the first battery I received had problems, but they promptly replaced it. Only thing is the battery worked great at first, but now it will sometimes work and sometimes won't. I don't even use a battery anymore
Other than that seller I'm not familiar with any sites that sell batteries. I checked out a few when I was looking to purchase my battery, but went with the Ebay one (they had a good price, now I see why haha).
Post by penguincat on Jun 26, 2012 21:00:56 GMT -5
I'm sure I bought a battery from a OS store. When I bought a new charger as mine broke somehow the battery worked well but the laptop broke again so I gave up. The port you plugged the power cord in kept breaking loose. Thing is I can't remember the store. It was US based but sold 3rd party China batteries.
Having a look there are some US ebay sellers selling official Asus ones for about 150$ each.
I'm happy with the price but this leaves me with. Do I buy both of them (one is marked as used) or buy a few 70$ China ones?