Sunday, October 10, 2010

Make Your Own Sony VAIO VPCEA290X-S in Just a Few Easy Steps

Make Your Own Sony VAIO VPCEA290X-S in Just a Few Easy Steps

Lately Sony has started seeing negative opinions about their inflexibility when it comes to customizing their laptops. So they started releasing Customize To Order (CTO) laptops to counter these negative opinions in the media. After all, business is business, and it's not pleasant to lose customers over minor things like these. The Sony VAIO VPCEA290X-S, otherwise known as the Sony VAIO VPCEA290X Signature is one of these CTO notebooks. You now have the possibility to build your own laptop to meet your exact specifications. You can choose from various hardware components, from processors and hard disk drives to video cards and displays. With Sony's new Customize To Order laptops, possibilities are endless! Whether you are a gamer, a designer, a developer, a student, or a busy business person, you will find the high degree of customizability very appealing.

The Sony VAIO VPCEA290X-S is basically a laptop that can be customized to suit anyone's' needs. Its price starts at $919.99 and can go as far as $2149.96, software included. Let's see what you get for different prices.

The first thing you get to choose on the Sony VAIO VPCEA290X-S CTO webpage is the processor. If the standard Intel Core i3 350 M processor working at a speed of 2.26 GHz processor is too slow, you can have the Intel Core i5 540 M processor working at a greater speed, 2.53 GHz and armed with the Turbo Boost technology which enables it to go up to 3.06 GHz. It costs just $150 more. The system comes with a genuine copy of Windows 7 Home operating system, but if you require Windows 7 Professional, you will have to pay $50 more. You can pick any colors from Arabesque black, Arabesque gold, and Arabesque pink a no extra charge. Any keyboard skin brings the price up with $20.

The standard Sony VAIO VPCEA290X-S laptop comes with a 320 GB hard disk drive (spinning at 5400 rotations per minute) and if you need the 500 GB hard disk drive (spinning at 7200 rpm), you should be prepared to pay $100 more. If you want the 8 GB (two sticks of 4GB each) DDR 3 random access memory (RAM) with a front side bus of 1066 MHz pack instead of the standard 4 GB (two sticks of 2GB each) DDR 3 RAM on a frequency of 1066 MHz pack, it will cost you $300 more. Whereas a CD/DVD player + burner is free, a Blu-ray drive player + burner costs $160. And when it comes to software, it can be quite expensive: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional edition costs $350 (although you have Microsoft Office 2010 Starter edition for free in the standard package), and Backstage VIP Protection antivirus and antispyware suite costs another $100 (although you receive Norton Internet Security 2010 antivirus and antispyware with a 30 day trial period with the basic package).

As you can see, there are quite a lot of options to configure your Sony VAIO VPCEA290X-S. As an advice, before you start combining features, make sure you know exactly what you want from your laptop and have your budget figured out.

Although the Sony VAIO VPCEA290X-S CTO is a highly configurable notebook and can be built to be very powerful and versatile, we feel that some of the addons are too expensive. There are dozens of possibilities and all you need is a clear idea on what you expect from this laptop.

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