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Sony VAIO Flip 13.3" Touch Ultrabook, i5-4200U, 8GB Ram,128GB SSD, $699 + FS,Geek Squad Certified Refurbished@Best Buy

valenzio 10 June 5, 2014 at 08:36 AM in Computers (2) More Best Buy Deals
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Nearly 2 month ago there was a deal for the 14" version,
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Which did not have the SSD and 8GB ram. On the other hand I have no idea how reliable that 'Geek Squad Certified Refurbished' is. Any experiences with that?

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#2
tempted but no optional sheet battery and only 2 usb ports sort of made my mind up against.
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#3
very tempted indeed. 1 year warranty for parts and labor per BB site
What is
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optional sheet battery
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#4
I wish I could price it down some and make it an i3 with 4gb RAM and take like $200 off the price.
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does anyone have a posting to a similar laptop on amazon or something? this seems like a graet deal and i think would make a great back to college computer, but i am afraid of the battery life.
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#6
I purchased this exact laptop from Best Buy for $749. They were happy to price match me to $699. It came Geek Squad Certified Refurbished in a generic Best Buy box with the charger included.

There is no digitizer pen, but buying it new also does not include the digitizer pen. I am really happy with the refurbished as I did not notice any major scratches. Screen was clean. The battery health showed excellent using the VAIO tools. I get about 5 hours out of the battery. It is pretty darn light at 3 pounds, however the screen is large to use as a tablet, but that is my preference.

It came with a 1 year warranty and hopefully I won't need to use it. Fingers crossed.
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Quote from likhtin View Post :
very tempted indeed. 1 year warranty for parts and labor per BB site
What is ?
sony has offered sheet batteries in their past vaio lines. I"m looking for the ultimate battery life in my line of work. 10 hours hard use, 20 hours regular use. Teh sheet battery snaps into the bottom, doubling the battery capacity. This ultra-book doesn't offer that option apparently.
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ot and fyi, replying on a $400 flip 11a that was sd posted a week ago and went oos very quickly.

I LOVE THIS FLIP 11A!!! had to put away my dvp8 and now using the flip 11a exclusively...the dvp will be saved and used for other means, but the flip 11a is awesome...everything i need for $400. not, i3 i5, but fast enough w/ n3520 and no fan noise. look up the specs and it makes perfect sense for $400...definitely not $800 msrp. have fun.
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Tempting, but given what I've read of the fan problems NOT being fixed with the latest updates, I think I'll pass.

Got to find something to use this 160 best buy gift card I have sitting around
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Tempting, but given what I've read of the fan problems NOT being fixed with the latest updates, I think I'll pass.

Got to find something to use this 160 best buy gift card I have sitting around
I've heard a BiOS update did in fact fix the fan issue. Obscure, but read the comment below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1PYT9zHEuk

I'd really love to know...
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Quote from apk0926 View Post :
I've heard a BiOS update did in fact fix the fan issue. Obscure, but read the comment below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1PYT9zHEuk

I'd really love to know...
You have to follow the steps for the updates exactly with no deviation. Steps are outlined in a few Best Buy reviews as well as on Notebookreview. I will see if I can find them again. I have a custom 15a and I bought my mother the 14a. Excellent laptops. Battery life on the 15a(2880 x 1620 screen, discrete GPU) is max 5 hours but the 14a gets an easy 7 to 8 with moderate use. Standby time is excellent on each. The Flip line has some of the best screens available on laptops currently at each resolution option. The keyboard and trackpad are accurate but not nearly as comfortable to use as the best laptop keyboard and trackpads. After updating the machine, touchscreen is responsive and accurate. 13a was more glitchy than the larger models on release but they have fixed these issues with successive updates. Simply put, this is one of the best and most undersold/underrated machines on the market. If you want a 13"+ machine with a high quality active digitizer for art, cad, notes, etc., this is the machine to get(it is literally the only laptop with a WQHD screen that is 15"+ with an active digitizer).
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Quote from 308Sound View Post :
sony has offered sheet batteries in their past vaio lines. I"m looking for the ultimate battery life in my line of work. 10 hours hard use, 20 hours regular use. Teh sheet battery snaps into the bottom, doubling the battery capacity. This ultra-book doesn't offer that option apparently.
One of my biggest disappointments with my Flip 15a but not a dealbreaker. Extended battery packs can be had for $100 to $130 that can charge the Flip 15a's 63 watts/hour battery 1.5 to 2 times. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...UTF8&psc=1 and http://www.amazon.com/Poweradd-tr...s=poweradd and http://www.amazon.com/Qi-Infinity...al+battery
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Quote from ilikemoneys View Post :
One of my biggest disappointments with my Flip 15a but not a dealbreaker. Extended battery packs can be had for $100 to $130 that can charge the Flip 15a's 63 watts/hour battery 1.5 to 2 times. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...UTF8&psc=1 and http://www.amazon.com/Poweradd-tr...s=poweradd and http://www.amazon.com/Qi-Infinity...al+battery
ya just not interested in carrying around another piece of hardware. the sheet batteries snap up tight right underneath.
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Just curious. i open this thread using my Android and it asked me to download some apk and then a pop up saying my android has 4 virus or something. i did not download or confirm anything from the pop up

now i open this same post using my windows PC and i got nothing of such message

and to note, that was the first time some pop up asking to download. i thought this site is one of the safe one to browse using android...

i did not get other pop on other SD pages/thread except this one

i m just curious if any other users have experience the same thing using android when browsing SD?

thanks
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