Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A New Blessing!

Finally, after months of researching the internet and the local market for a laptop I finally bought one that I really like.  When I was still researching a few months back on which notebook or netbook to buy I had my eye on the MSI Wind.  I considered the weight, first and foremost.  And then, I started reading about other Intel Atom carriers like the Lenovo S10, Asus Eee PC 1000H and the Asus N10J.  I was already set on getting an Eee PC (even though I really wanted the N10J) until Black Friday came.  

Since my in-laws were in the U.S.  I was given an opportunity to ask a favor which is buying a laptop on sale and I immediately fell in love with an HP Pavillion that was on sale, one that had Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, 3GB of memory and the rest of the specs were not that important for me.  But, after underestimating Black Friday, we were not able to get that notebook.

Since that day I have had second thoughts about the Intel Atom, realizing that the price difference with notebooks that had Intel Core 2 Duo were not that big here but the performance and power factors were.  So I began my search for the best buy locally.  I was faced with three options - MSI S1313, Blue M63 (both had Core 2 Duo T5750) and the MSI EX 400 but the one that carried Dual Core T3200 which is available locally. Each were available at P30,999.

I fell in love with the specs especially the dedicated 256MB video card. I was really at peace to settle for the EX 400 Dual Core T3200, 160 GB HD, 2 GB memory but with the ATI HD3450 video memory.  But in the back of my mind I still wanted the EX 400 with the T5750.  But price was the big issue. As we went to the store last Saturday afternoon, right on display was the EX 400 with the T5750 specfications which can be seen in the picture below.  

I was blown away by the price - until the sales personnel (the same one who sold us my wife's laptop) mentioned that they are bringing down the price of the display unit because of the scratch on its body but with the warranty still in.

My wife and I immediately considered especially that they were willing to drop the price P4,500 cheaper for the scratch.  We ended up buying this baby (or should I say monster, at least locally) and I am so happy we did end up getting this - my new laptop.

The MSI EX 400's monster specs

Fresh out of the box

My new 14" everyday companion



tony said...

Hi mate ,. your blog rocks ,great job.
I read here in the notebook forum about the new netbook, but i am still keep my