My old faithful Toshiba M200 has seen better days, it's battery life is but a distant memory.. at best it manages an hour.. maybe half more, at worse.. it doesn't even want to charge when I plug it in. As it has served me well in the past 2 years I've had it for I decided to reward it by extending it's usefulness and get another battery form Toshiba. I call up the service center and told the nice operator what I wanted. "I'm sorry sir, the part is out of stock" was the reply. Ok.. so how long and how much will it take to order one. I hear some hesitation on the other side of the line.
"12 Weeks, and it costs RM568."
I'm sorry.. did you just say I have to wait 3 months for a battery? "Yes, sir." After the initial shock I gathered myself and ask for a quotation on the only closest replacement model that I could think about.. The Toshiba M400, but after talking to the operator for a while it was evident that.. they didn't stock the version with model with the SXGA screen here, all they had was the crappy XGA screen! Nooooooooooo!!!! Disappointed.. I hung up the phone.
Then a few months ago.. the Sony UX17GP Ultra Portable PC appeared! The system was small... extremely portable, had a decent display for it's size at 1024x600, Core Solo 1.2Ghz processor, hey.. not too shabby. But there was just one thing missing which stayed my hand from getting it. It only had 512MB of RAM onboard and there's no way to upgrade it. I can handle the smaller screen for portability, I can handle the slight hit in processor speed from my current 1.5Ghz to 1.2Ghz, but I can NOT handle anything less than 1GB of RAM!!
Again.. I was disappointed!
But.... now.. now there are rumours of a new UX unit popping up. And this time with 1GB of RAM!!! Very well then.. I shall wait and see how this one looks..