Happy Ending to a Long Story

If any of you have been following in the counter on my sidebar, you know that as of today my laptop has been under Best Buy repair for 31 days now. That’s a very long time to go without a laptop when you’ve become quite accustomed to one, and I went in to the store today with every intention of talking to them quite harshly. When the service man checked the status of my repair though, he said, “Oh, that’s been marked for replacement. Go pick a new one out.”

Sweeter words have never been spoken. I went to the car to get my receipt information. A quick glance in the laptop section revealed they had the exact model I was hoping for, the Vaio Z1A. The exchange still had some credit left over, so I picked up a nice case for it and they renewed the service plan to cover another 3 years and another replacement. I might regret that later, but right now I couldn’t be happier.

This new laptop is everything I could want. It’s light, which my previous powerful but heavy (10 pounds with power supply!) companion wasn’t. It’s faster, the 1.3ghz Centrino processor feels as snappy as my faster clock speed desktop, and benchmarks seem to put it on par with at least a 1.8ghz Pentium 4-M. Integrated WiFi is a must for all future laptops. 512MB of memory gives my programs room to breathe, and the ginormous 60GB hard drive will let me carry my entire music collection around with room to spare.

Best of all, it’s really beautiful. Most PCs are really not well designed, but with this one I can sit in a circle of Powerbooks at SxSW next year and not feel like the ugly cousin. My faith in Sony has been restored. All is forgiven. Pictures are most definitely forthcoming. Maybe an entire gallery worth. 🙂

6 replies on “Happy Ending to a Long Story”

and to make things better…. i mean, wow matt, you just have the COOLEST desktop image… 😉

I had the same sort of thing happen at Future Shop. I live in Canada and they are all over the place. I had taken this bloody car stereo in 3 times to get it fixed and on the 4th they took me to the car audio section and let me pick out a JVC KD-SH909. I’m very happy with my new mp3 deck.

Lucian, you’re so right. Basically any sort of Apple computer was not a replacement option, since they don’t offer any. If I had gotten a different laptop else I would have been disappointed, but this lives up, at least style-wise, to everything I like about Powerbooks.

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