Would You Pay $4000 For A Laptop?

Would You Pay $4000 For A Laptop?
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Danny over at Gizmodo reports that Sony’s new top-end Vaio Z laptop costs a wallet-busting $4000. In an era where sub-$300 netbooks can get the job done, that leaves only one question to be asked: would you ever pay $4000 for a laptop?

Sure, it has some nice specs, but $4000 for a 13-inch screen seems way OTT to me. What do you think?

Sony’s Vaio Z Is A Whopping $4000 In Oz, Covered In Gold! [Gizmodo]


  • Absolutely. If you need to drive CAD (solidworks, Pro/E etc) away from the office, you need the grunt. I’m looking at getting a Dell Precision M4600 (15 inch), and with a few spec upgrades that’s going to be ~$4k.

  • Generally you get what you pay for in life, and technology is rarely much different.

    I have a 17in MacBook Pro which cost just shy of $4K last year … but it includes 8GB RAM, Core i7, 1920×1080, 500GB, and a good battery life. On top of that (but included in the price), it has the extended AppleCare warranty so I don’t have to worry when Apple’s crappy HDD dies after 12-18 months (which invariably happens). This served me well last cycle when HDD dies twice and the main graphic card (read: entire mainboard) died and needed replacing.

    I have done the laptop cycle 3 times now (yep – since about 2003) and haven’t regretted it. If you amortise the cost over 3 years it’s really only about $1K per year and if you use it for business it can be depreciated completely within a short period of time (ask your accountant to help you!).

    As for paying $4K for a 13in Vaio … I’d have a problem justifying that but in the past have seen others be very happy with the portability they offer at that size.

    Of course these days you could always have an iPad (or any decent non-Apple tablet before the Flame-war starts) and use a combination of Cloud services & remote access if you want to be portable and bring “power” with you.

    My $0.02 worth.

    OK, start the “Fanboi” slams …. now!

      • Everyone has bad experiences with one brand of HDDs. I personally see more failures from WD than any other brand. That’s not to say they’re more prone to failure, though. All HDDs have a chance of failing, but if you back up what’s important to you, then it doesn’t matter.

        I don’t see why people are complaining about the screen. 1080p at 13″ would look incredible. External graphics makes complete sense to me. Only bring the power when you need it. You also end up with a slim and cool laptop when playing games or what-have-you. Not that I agree with gaming on laptops.

    • Agree with you totally. No Fanboi slams coming from me.

      I have the current Z Series and I think I am in my third year now with it. I get portability and power and don’t have a desktop. There are alternatives but each to their own.

      • It’s gymped though not having a dedicated graphics card – so you need lo lug around the dock, even though the GPU in it is mid range.

        Seems like a step backwards from the previous Z.

        – Lost onboard Bluray drive
        – Lost dedicated switchable GPU

    • If you’re paying $4000 for a laptop you should really put a good SSD in it, you will never regret it. Its like the difference between a floppy disk and a DVD. Everything feels instantaneous.

      Also one great thing about MacBook Pros is how easy Apple have made it to upgrade the RAM and HDD yourself.

  • I recently found a Sony laptop that suited the specs I was looking for. Then I found a Fujitsu with equivalent specs for 2/3 the price. The Fujitsu’s are just as good quality, if not better, but trying to get your hands on one on a shop floor is a challenge. It goes to show that brand name plays a big part in the price, even with technology.

  • I burned about $6k on an Alienware M17x laptop a few years ago. Definitely not something I recommend other people do. I learned my lesson paying it off.

  • I am still using my SZ from nearly 4 years ago.
    Previously i was in about an 18 month cycle of laptops for about 15 years or so.
    I bought 5 of thesefro the whole company and they are all in great condition, no broken keys or hardware, however i have loaded window s7 on them and that got them all nice and cleaned up.
    other brands would be in pieces by now.
    However i did by them all in HK to save $.
    And i have just made our server redundant and operate fully cloud based with MS hosted etc.
    So…………No i wont send same $ next time, BUT i am waiting for a Sony tblet then i will combine that with a PC.
    my 2c.

  • Could definitely be justified if you work a real job where applications require processing power and screen real estate, but if you’re just a journalist or something a cheapo laptop is fine.

  • not all laptops are created equal.

    If you’re fitting a laptop in to a set budget, then the question of this post “would you pay $4000 for a laptop” makes sense.

    But if there’s a set spec you need in a laptop to get your job done, and that’s matched best by a laptop that’s $4000+, then you get it to get your work done.

  • I forked out $4k for a 17″ monolith from HP about 6 years ago. It was the top of the line then, and it’s still going strong – it has outlasted numerous other mid-range laptops that friends and family have since bought and died in the meantime.

    Sure it’s not as amazing as it was when I got it, and HP make absolute rubbish now, but yeah, I think it was a worthwhile spend.

  • Of course it all depends want you want/need. For me, the issue has always been weight + power over price+ screen size. ANd I always need a proper keyboard so the tablets aren’t a goer. Hence I am on my second VAIO and will certainly get another when this one reaches the end of its life (about a year I guess). On a weight basis, Apple lappys are always heavier (MacBookPro) or underpowered (MacBookAir) when compared to Sony lappys. If you don’t care about that then they certainly are cheaper.

    Its really the low weight you are paying the bucks for.

  • Considering i’ve just purchased the new Alienware M18x (While at $3784.10, it’s not exactly $4000 but its close enough), it’s an absolute beast of a machine. And being a laptop allows me to take it to and from work, lan parties, sit and play it in my lounge instead of being bound to my desk.

    And you do get a lot of bang for your buck. It’s got an i7 2720qm at 2.2Ghz, 18.4″ 1920 x 1080 screen, 16Gb DDR3 ram at 1600MHz, Dual AMD 6970M and 1.5 Tb of Hdd space.

    While this system may be over the top, it’s worth the dosh. A netbook? That’s tethered to It’s GPU? May as well just buy a low profile desktop…

    • Personally I would never fork out $4000 for a gaming laptop.

      The best setup I can think of is:
      -13″ laptop for school/work
      -Custom built Gaming tower for home
      -ITX PC + 18″ Monitor for LAN parties

      Cheaper and you get the benefits of every world. I do most of my gaming at home so it makes no sense for me to have a gaming laptop, it’d just be a distraction.

      You can get better performance for less with an ITX PC rocking an i3-2120 + GTX 560 Ti than you can with any laptop within $3000 of its price.

  • I have a Vaio Z from 2 years ago that is still my main machine and travels with me. A 1600 x 900 on a 13.1″ screen has me spoilt, couldn’t do with any smaller resolutions now.
    $2.5K at the time, OK. Not $4K though, no way.

  • I have the last of the Z138 and have been impressed buy its portability will I buy this absolutely. I travel for extensive periods so a light portably unit is exatly what I need.

  • $4k for a laptop? Absolute. Have in the past and will probably do so again. $4k for that laptop? probably not.

    For that kind of money you could kit out a substantially better specced machine from Dell. Build quality may or may not be as high (depending on who’s experience you take as indicator) – but warranty terms will be just as good. And if you’re an IT person with a good relationship with a vendor – you could almost certainly find a much better deal.

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