I have just purchased one. My older 17incher is getting really old, with first gen i3, 1600x900 resolution, no backlit keyboard, no USB 3.0, it's a great step up. Oh and my battery is about to die, 45 mins work time. The only downside is Win8, but you can't resist progress no matter how stinky it is or if someone just pushing it over you even if you don't want. I will miss Win7. Now just have to wait for another good deal on SSD. How can I find out if this lappy supports SATA-III?
I did a quick (not thorough) google search, and this laptop is 'most likely' SATA II, if anyone knows otherwise, please correct me.
I'm not sure where you're getting your info, but generally any motherboard made after 2010 will support SATA III. It's been industry standard for a couple years now...
The real problem with this laptop is that the 7550 is a joke. It's on par with a 525M (aka only about 50% more powerful than the integrated graphics). I don't see the point of paying for a graphics card when it does a barely better job than the onboard.
If I had any money in my bank account I'd be all over this
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition (OC'd to 4.0 Ghz)
CPU COOLER: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5
GPU: Asus DirectCU II TOP Edition 7970
RAM: Corsair XMS3 8GB of DDR3 Dual Channel RAM @ 1333Mhz
CASE: NZXT Switch 810
PSU: OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold
For this price point this laptop is a steal. Better then any other deal posted so far. As for the GFX card not being good, its considered a top tier level 3 card. It has the Intel HD 4000 beat by a lot. Overall you could do some decent gaming on it. Someone mentioned if im paying for a GFX card I would want something better. Well you can get something better but its going to cost you around $800+. Especially with back lit keyboard which are hard to find, and full 1080 screens. This is a great deal for anyone who needs a desktop replacement, and does not mind the size for carrying around if your going to be lugging it around with you. I bring my asus rpog to a few places, and i dont mind the weight.
In my view the refurbished 15.6" 15R Special Edition with better specs (e.g., 7730M 2GB) is a better deal for $20 more, assuming you're not specifically looking for a 17.3". This Sony is still a great deal though.
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