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Is Dell X1, Sony TX670, or Sharp M4000 best ultraportable?

by lmparsons / January 24, 2006 10:36 AM PST

Please help! I need to purchase a small, VERY lightweight laptop with a long battery life & a great screen for PowerPoint presentations. Which is best -- the Dell X1, Sony TX670, or the Sharp M4000? The Dell & Sony are VERY pricy and non-upgradable, so if I get them, I'll have to keep them for quite some time. The price of the Sharp would allow me to get something else in 18 months when something new & remarkable comes on the market. I'll appreciate your advice! Thanks.

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Sharp m4000
by gadgetgrl / January 28, 2006 11:33 PM PST

I just bought a Sharp m4000 and am very happy with it so far. It does have some problems. The keyboard feels flimsy and the touchpad buttons are too small and are not the most comfortable to use. It doesn't have a scroll button and the scroll mechanism doesn't always work perfectly - in fact, I have been unable as of yet to get it to work with Firefox, which is very annoying. As with most ultraportables, the speakers stink. However, it has an absolutely amazing screen - incredibly bright and high resolution, and a nice 13.3 inches, unlike most 12 inch ultraportables. This really eases eyestrain. The keyboard, while it feels flimsy, is comfortable to type on, and the battery life is excellent. If you don't need super gaming processing power, I think it's a good choice, especially considering how much screen and battery life you get for the light weight. If you haven't already, you may also want to take a look at the Fujitsu s6000 series, which are better designed machines in many ways but with different compromises.

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Thanks! Any idea where I could actually see a Sharp M4000?
by lmparsons / January 29, 2006 1:52 AM PST
In reply to: Sharp m4000

Thank you SO much for your response! I've narrowed my alternatives down to the Dell Latitude X1 and the Sharp M4000. But I can't locate a Sharp M4000 in the Houston area (so that I can actually SEE it). I hate to buy something "sight-unseen". The Sharp website said Fry's in Webster (a suburb of Houston) had the Sharp M4000, so I went there, but Fry's said they had never had a Sharp M4000 in stock.

Did you purchase yours through the Sharp website, or through a reseller? And had you seen one before making your purchase?

Thanks again SO much for your help! I need to buy a laptop in the next week or so, and I'm desperate for advice. I'll really appreciate the advice of you more experienced laptop owners.

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Sharp m4000
by gadgetgrl / January 31, 2006 3:24 AM PST

Unfortunately, I couldn't find a retailer that carried the Sharp either, and not being able to see it was a serious reservation for me, too. I had bought two other laptops sight unseen, though, and they were successful, so I figured I'd take the plunge. I did not buy from Sharp but from a significantly cheaper reseller called Securemart that I found on Froogle or Pricegrabber or some such price engine. Their service was excellent and they shipped the same day, a Friday afternoon. I don't know anything about the Dell but the main advantage of the Sharp seems to be the bigger and, most likely, better screen. For me that was the deal-maker.

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Thanks for the help!
by lmparsons / January 31, 2006 7:18 AM PST
In reply to: Sharp m4000

Thank you SO much! I really appreciate your response. Thanks again!

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Don't get the M4000
by menotbug / January 10, 2008 1:47 PM PST

The M4000 is junk.

When the screen closes, it touches the keyboard. After a couple of months you can see the plastic screen is worn down exactly where the edges of the keys touched - all over!

The female power receptacle is very weakly soldered into the computer. Over time it comes loose.

There is an electrical leak in mine. When I'm using it and I rub my fingertip across the surface, I can feel a small small buzzing sensation. Same thing goes when my wife is using it and I touch her skin.

Finally, try going to the Sharp website to get support on this laptop:

Try "M4000", "4000", "PC-M4000". Those morons pretend to not even have made their own product.

It makes me ill thinking of how much money was lost on this junk.

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