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Which one of these Sony S laptops? or wait?

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    One with 250 more storage, 4gb more RAM and Blu-ray player
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    less storage and RAM, no bluray but 1600x900 resolution
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post #1 of 5
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I've been looking at ultrabooks and I've come to realize I don't think an ultrabook is what I need... our laptop is usually at the living room. if we go anywhere we take our xoom but not the laptop

that being said, I think these would be good for us. they're small and light enough. still have CD support if need be.

now the dilemma I'm having is both are priced the same, but specced bit different

the Best Buy Sony S comes with 250gb more storage, 4gb more ram, and a blu ray player but with x768 resolution

the compusa sony S has fingerprint reader, but the resolution is 1600x900.

I do plan in the near future adding a SSD on the laptop to speed it up and maybe RAM, but I think the computer will be plenty fast for our use so I doubt it.

well that being said, which would you go with? more features like more storage, ram and wimax OR 1600x900 resolution?

or should I rough it out and wait another few months?

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nobody has any input on these?

I guess it's more of an opinion
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1600x900 screen. You primarily interface with the screen, keyboard, and touchpad, meaning a bad screen will lead to a bad experience. It's not that it's a huge deal but higher resolution has a very crisp and luxurious feel to it. FWIW I have a 13" 1366x768 laptop and it's fine, but given the option I'd choose the 1600x900 without hesitation.

If you want the Blu-ray, go for it though. Personally I don't see much need; 720p DVD's will look fine on a 13" monitor. 1080p might look a little nicer. BUT here's the catch, 1366x768 and Blu-ray means you'd be watching at 720p quality on your laptop. Going with 1600x900 and DVD, you could watch 1080p online videos, perhaps upconvert to 1080p (not 100% sure if you can upconvert), it would be scaled down to 1600x900 resolution. So it's a tough choice; if your movie library is or will have mostly Blu-Ray, then the Blu-Ray model. You could get get it all for a higher price, of course.. but it costs $1129 on the Sony site.
 
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I think what it comes down to is if you would rather have a nicer screen (my personal preference) or a blu ray player. Will you honestly use a blu ray player very much?

The RAM and HDD are easy and relatively inexpensive upgrades later. Even a blu ray player can be added rather easily later. You can't upgrade the screen cost effectively.

Not to mention that the GPU in the CompUSA one is better.
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post #5 of 5
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yeah, looks like the compusa one it is...

kinda ironic the higher rez screen doesn't have the blu-ray player lol

now my question is, should I wait a month or two for ivy bridge to see if these drop even lower? or is this pretty much as low as I'll see them.

I don't htink I need the ivy. it's a internet laptop for browsing and MS word. our 3 year old HP laptop still works just fine. it's just the screen is on it's way out, so we are using that as an excuse to upgrade. so I know the technology in this computer will last us 3-4 years which is upgrade cycle for us.
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