I wonder how much of Vaio's price drop was spur of the moment and how much of it was deliberate-from-the-outset marketing guile. It's a great looking device, better in terms of specs than any of the others, but was it $1500 better than its competitors? I don't know, though one thing is certain... Americans love a 60% savings on their stuff! (Even if it still means spending a not so modest $1000+ on the other end). I bet Vaio wouldn't have sold out of their stock had they priced it like this to begin with... So.., clever salesmanship or random act of marketing? Either way, I'm glad to see them winning. Top flight engineering should be rewarded! And an Ethernet port. Damn! Out of all the bells and whistles and fine toothed engineering, the daily need to plug an internet cable into my devices is the feature which makes it stand out of the pack for me. A half-penny feature for the Win.