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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 05 May 2008, 09:46
For those that like to tempt fate while saving money - seem to be stores on e-bay selling 8-cells for about $50
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 05 May 2008, 16:54
ahh exploding Li-Ion batteries, good times. :P

well, they already don't have the 8-cell anymore, so I don't think I really want to order now... I'll wait till I come back from China. If they still don't have it, then I'll just order an 8-cell separately...
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 05 May 2008, 20:43
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Just got a note from Lenovo that said they are currently experiencing delays with batterys. If you are planning to purchase from them I recommend buying sooner rather than later. Kry, perhaps this is why they are no longer offering the 8 cell?


Oops! :shock: I am pretty much set on Lenovo x61, but do not plan to purchase it until I am in the U.S. (because shipping/customs clearance in Russia will make it too expensive). I guess I will have to buy it in an offline store, or from Amazon, or any other online store that sells readily available pre-customized laptops :? Any suggestions?
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 05 May 2008, 22:01
if you can find one on newegg, they are reputable, pretty good prices, and among the better policies. I buy all my parts from them (including the 2gb ram chip for $36 that arrived today!)
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 05 May 2008, 22:07
Thanks, westsider! They do have some x61's.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 05 May 2008, 23:10
good to know westsider, I do love newegg!

The only issue is I get a super deal from Lenovo website because of an employee discount... grr...
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 06 May 2008, 04:33
When are you coming to the US? If it's later on, they may have solved their battery issue by then so it may not be a problem......just a thought.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 06 May 2008, 05:28
Mid-August.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 09 May 2008, 19:39
might get an 8-cell x61 battery in Taiwan... anyone know if the lenovo's in different countries use different batteries?

Taiwan has the same voltage and frequency as the US.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 10 May 2008, 10:46
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might get an 8-cell x61 battery in Taiwan... anyone know if the lenovo's in different countries use different batteries?

Taiwan has the same voltage and frequency as the US.

kryzak, do you just ship with regular mail/DHL from Taiwan to US? How much is the customs clearance for a battery in US? How painful is the process? Do companies in Taiwan has better quotes for batteries? Thought that US, Hong Kong and Singapore beat out all other countries for consumer electronics prices.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 10 May 2008, 17:58
if you are hand carying then no issue in the US (or I've never had one). Just take it out of the box and claim you had it with you when you left. (makes it more believable if you have the laptop with you as well)
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 10 May 2008, 18:59
yeah, didn't think about the customs issue... but the price is roughly $130 USD, so only $20 cheaper. Granted, one can ask for up to a 20% discount, but I guess with the mailing (roughly $10-20 USD for faster shipment) and the customs, it probably isn't worth it...

and I'm still holding out some hope for the X200...
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 11 May 2008, 00:38
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yeah, didn't think about the customs issue... but the price is roughly , $130 USD, so only $20 cheaper. Granted, one can ask for up to a 20% discount, but I guess with the mailing (roughly $10-20 USD for faster shipment) and the customs, it probably isn't worth it...

and I'm still holding out some hope for the X200...

:) shipping from Taiwan to Russia via TNT is about $40-50 (shipping fees there are better than the ones we have here), regular priority postage could be cheaper, close to the $10-20. But isn't there a way to buy something in Singapore? When I compared choice and price of electronics between Taiwan and Hong Kong, the latter one was a no-brainer. And then my friends told me that Singapore has even lower prices... Work a lot with Taiwan and usually have good quotes only for industrial things/quantities.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 12 May 2008, 07:34
You guys were right. My laptop shippied today :) Original estimated shipping date was: 7/21/08!
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 12 May 2008, 23:02
very good to hear, skaballet!

as for Singapore vs Taiwan vs HK, I've heard varying debates... I've seen different electronics cheaper at each of the countries than the others... so I guess it really depends on your luck and what you're looking for...
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 13 May 2008, 05:51
Looks like Lenovo is the choice for majority..but i want a touchpad and X61 doesn't have the option.

what other laptops come close to thinkpad ? any suggestions welcome
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 13 May 2008, 08:12
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Looks like Lenovo is the choice for majority..but i want a touchpad and X61 doesn't have the option.

what other laptops come close to thinkpad ? any suggestions welcome


Dell XPS 1330?

On a side note, couple of days ago I saw and touched MacBook Air in a local electronics hypermarket... My wife urged me to buy it, because it was sooo cute :-D Today I spent an hour reading user reviews of this cutie... :roll:
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 13 May 2008, 08:49
Does the lenovo u110 have a touchpad? seemed to remember it did.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 13 May 2008, 15:16
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Does the lenovo u110 have a touchpad? seemed to remember it did.

who cares?? all hail the nubby!
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 13 May 2008, 18:00
Did any one consider Panasonic books?

http://www.panasonic.com/business/tough ... puters.asp

Under 3 lbs, Drop and Spill resistant and daylight readable , integrated Mobile broadband
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