After realizing that my 2-year-old Compaq laptop (aptly baptized as Maximus) wasn’t serving my needs anymore (despite my fruitless attempts at ‘pimping’ it), I decided to hunt for a new one while I as on a 10-day tour of Manila. In particular, I was looking for a lightweight yet powerful PC with quick processing speed, more-than-enough disk space and lots of RAM. I was getting kinda bored with Compaq’s and HP’s offerings and true enough, as I was scouring Glorietta’s Park Square, the picture was bleak. So I thought, why not a Vaio? I entered Electroworld’s store and saw a Sony display table with a Vaoi FZ on it. It was beautiful — a strikingly vivid 15-inch LCD screen, 250GB HD and 2GB of RAM — all that for just 74,000 pesos! The Electroworld guy said that the unit recently got a big price slash, something like 50%. So I was totally sold! When I was getting ready to buy it, I was told that the display unit was the last one they had in stock. Oh my. Ok, later dude, I’ll think about it, is what I told him. The security guard was even trying to convince me, saying the Vaio was put on display only on that day. Fortunately my cousin Ria was bugging me from outside the mall to haul my ass out coz she and her posse of blogger friends were waiting for me. I did go out empty-handed, which is good I guess, coz that would mean more PC-obsessing the next day. I looked up the FZ online and what do you know. The FZ that Electroworld was trying to sell to me did not have the specs I was told it had! The actual specs were: 15-inch non-LCD screen (but the colors were still pretty), 160GB HD and 2GB RAM. The specs above were for a different model that costs 160,000 pesos, while costing about the same price. Darnit.
I went back to Park Square. I ran into TCA (The Computer Authority) and saw this fabulous, shiny HP Pavilion DV3000 on their window display. I can’t believe I missed it the previous day. I interviewed the salesguy but all he could say was that it was a newly-released model and overall a fantastic buy. The specs were quite impressive: 250GB HD, 2GB RAM, Nvidia Video Card with 256MB dedicated memory, a nice titanium finish, really sleek-looking (the salesguy said it’s because it was made of the same material as golf clubs lol). The screen was 13.3 inches which is perfect since I wanted something lightweight. Ah yes, I think I’ve found the one! It set me back some 77,000 pesos or $1,833.00. Notice my consistency in my blogging lately? All because of my new HP DV3000, although blogging didn’t buy me this laptop 🙂
I’m not the “benchmarking” type of guy, but so far I’m loving how lightning-fast it opens and runs applications. In a week or two I’m going to install Warcraft and see how that fairs. Hope you like this review.
Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 2.4Ghz
250GB Hard Drive
NVidia Geforce 256MB Video Card
13″ WXGA LCD
Windows Vista Home Premium
eSATA/USB Combo Port
HP 3D Driveguard
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