TC4400 Released! & Pricing

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  1. LeonAnderson

    LeonAnderson Pen Pal - Newbie

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    HP TC4400 was released today! Whoohoo. However, I just called HP and here's their pricing for the 4 models avaliable right now.

    *EOV = Enhanced outdoor-viewable display

    RA296AW - $1949.00
    Core Duo 2.0 GHz
    512 MB RAM
    60 GB HDD
    (No EOV)

    RC451AA - $2199.99 (not displayed on their website!)
    Core Duo 2.0 GHz
    1 GB RAM (2x 512)
    80 GB HDD
    Has EOV

    RA301AT - $1649.00
    Core Duo 1.83 GHz
    512 MB RAM
    60 GB HDD
    (No EOV)

    RA302AT - $1879.00
    Core Duo 1.83 GHz
    1 GB RAM (2x 512)
    60 GB HDD
    Has EOV

    I've read around and people said that EOV was definitely worth it. However, as you can see... the 2.0 GHz processor EOV version is very expensive. So.. right now I'm leaning towards the RA302AT. Suggestions?

    Also... HP did not lower the TC4200's prices! The PZ876UA.. the model that I was about to buy before they announced the TC4400 has crappy stats compared to the TC4400 but still costs close to 2k!!

    When does HP usually lower their prices? or do they ever?? I've been watching the TC4200 for the past 4 months.. and their prices havent budged a bit...
     
  2. Gautam

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    Interesting how the HP site posts up to a 100 gig hd, but there is no way to customise the models, and they max out at 80 gigs...hp models tend to have excellent speakers and soundcards, but their design tends to be flimsy looking...we will have to wait for a review...
     
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    Does anyone know if it can be configured with an internal optical drive?
     
  4. SimsHsia

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    Nope,

    It's like the TC4200, the only way to have an optical drive is to have MultiBay I or II externally connected with the optical drive module inserted.
     
  5. LeonAnderson

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    The only upgrades HP made from the TC4200 are:

    1) Added a better processor (Core Duo)
    2) Increased max HDD Space (up to 100 GB now)
    3) Increased max the RAM (up to 2 GB now)
    4) Added a fingerprint scanner

    The crappy thing about HP is that they ONLY sell the 4 preconfigured models listed above. Blah.

    When will the review of the TC4400 come out?
     
  6. rkuo

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    Why would anyone buy this? It seems worse than the Toshiba M400 in every possible respect.

    I'm looking forward to the Fujitsu T4210 though...the modular bay battery puts it slightly over the M400 to me. If only one of these manufacturers put in discrete graphics.
     
  7. G56

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    Well, I have just one question:

    How Vista-ready is the tc4400? :confused:

    Isn't this an important question for those purchasing laptop/tablet computers in 2006?
     
  8. SharezS

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    Will the added power decrease battery life? 2GB RAM expansion is available on the TC4200.
     
  9. LeonAnderson

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    Haha. Trust me. My good friend works for Toshiba. I can get the company 25-33% discount off of any Toshiba laptop/desktop/tablet. Why am I avoiding Toshiba? The answer: bc I've dealt w/ Toshiba crap enough.

    In the past 3 months, I've gone through 9 Toshiba laptops/tablets... and every one of them had design flaws and other things that were wrong w/ them. The most obvious "problem" that most Toshiba notebook/tablet users don't notice is the "slight slant" in the screen.

    I went to CompUSA/Best Buy/Circuit City.. and every Toshiba they sold had screens installed 2-3 pixels off balance. If you have a Toshiba laptop, take it out and look carefully at the top right corner and the top left corner. Compare the black space from the plastic lid to the first line of LCD pixels. It's not aligned straight. .. and that's only one of the many "little" things that contribute to the reason why I give Toshiba a "F" for quality assurance in its products.

    If you are looking for sturdy, good looking, long lasting, worth your money products go -- HP and/or Thinkpads.

    Toshiba is for cheap people.

    ... and to clairfy:

    1 GB 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM = Max RAM for tc4200 ("bought already installed")
    2 GB MAX

    2048 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM = Max RAM for tc4400 ("bought and already installed")
    4 GB MAX
     
  10. LeonAnderson

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    Is the TC4400 Vista Ready?

    Windows Vista's Minimum Requirements

    (YES) 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor1
    (YES) System Memory 512 MB
    (YES) GPU SVGA (800x600)
    (YES) HDD 20 GB
    (YES - W/ External CD Drive) HDD Free Space 15 GB

    Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs

    (YES) 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor1.
    (YES - Selected models) 1 GB of system memory.
    (YES - Shared memory) 128 MB of graphics memory.
    (YES) 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
    (YES - W/ External DVD Drive) DVD-ROM
    (YES) Audio output capability.
    (YES) Internet access capability.
    (YES - W/ External CD Drive) Optical Drive CD-ROM
     
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