Miscellaneous laptop discussions forum: Sony Vaio vs. Gateway 4520GZ

by: westchestertp August 1, 2004 4:53 PM PDT

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Sony Vaio vs. Gateway 4520GZ

by westchestertp - 8/1/04 4:53 PM

I am purchasing my first notebook (company always supplied them in the past), and am trying to narrow down my options. Weight is a big consideration as I travel almost every week and am fairly petite. I mainly use my laptop for email, Microsoft Office, web-based contact management software, and watching DVD movies on airplanes. I will be using wireless hotspots regularly.

I am considering the following, but don't know if the price difference to get the Sony Vaio is worthwhile:

1. Sony Vaio PCG-TR3A - I can get it for $1,899 less a $150 mail in rebate on amazon.com. I believe this notebook comes with Pentium M (Centrino) 1.0 GHz; 512 memory; 40 GB hard drive; CDRW/DVD-ROM; 802.11b/g. Not sure how much it weighs, but I believe it is under 4.5lbs.

2. Best Buy is advertising a Gateway 4520GZ notebook for $1,249.99 with Intel Pentium M (Centrino) 705; 1.5 GHz; 512 MB membory; 60 GB hard drive; CDRW/DVD-ROM; 802.11g wireless LAN. Weighs 5.5 lbs and just over 1" thick.

It seems to me that the Gateway has everything the Sony Vaio has, but it weighs about a pound more. Does the Sony Vaio have anything I'm not seeing, or would I be paying an extra $400 to save 1 pound in weight?

Any recommendations/suggestions would be very welcome!

Thanks,
Theresa

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