I just got back, from FS, Memory Express then staples. I went to refund this POS M70 at the FS first thing when they opened this morning, you wont believe it hahahaha, it was well worth the trip just to go that ways. The lady refunded me the ram too, even though i didnt bring it in. $100 value right there! Hahahaha, FREE is good! Makes all these trips pay off with some rewards.
So now I have a free stick of 512 DDR2 ram.
Then I went and took a long hard look at their lineup. But honestly, I just couldnt settle for an HP or Compaq. So I walked out.
Went to Memory express to check out the ASUS Z6000vc and Acer one for $1500 with the ATI X700 card, and the ASUS was really really well built WOW, but I just couldnt get past the somewhat high price and mediocre lackluster looks. I was there for some time just looking. But they couldnt turn it on or anything, which obviously makes my decision much much harder. If they were willing to turn it on and let me try it out, then Im pretty darn sure I would have bought it on the spot. But its pretty darn hard to sell something without even using it. Memory Express has to change this policy.
plus i heard things about ASUS LCDs not being the best so thats what held me off. Plus the speakers were underneath, I dont get that.
The ACER was surprisingly well built. But I just couldnt see myself spending $1500 on an "ACER" I did howveer like the keyboard on that much more, as its thinner keys, much like Apples and less distance when pressed. There was some looseness, flex on the tab and caps keys and the ASUS had a tiny bit on the right side of the enter key and caps key. But man, you could tell the asus one was so solid.
So as hard as it was to decide, I then went on to Staples. I wasnt even going to go, but I figured hell why not. I dont want to ever give my business to Future Crap ever again after this experience, and plus Staples would be much friendlier in wanting my money. Wanna know how bad the service is at Future Shop? I was in there for 30mins, with $1500cdn cash in my wallet...and not one person came up to me. I went in to Staples and guys helped me right away, not one but two. I was only expecting to be looking at Acers as I knew I had to pick one up here.
So I browsed their lineup and I noticed they had a M60 on clearance for $1397, I asked if they had one (cause I was considering this model a while ago), and the guy said they had one left new. So I opened it up, no dead pixels, the keyboard seems fine, the space bar pressed fine and not loose and squeaky...so I said I would take it. you will never find a brand new 17'' for under $1600, let alone $1400, plus all this free stuff haha.
So for $1397 + tax, I got myself a new toshiba M60 (17''), FREE 512 MB DDR2 ram, $30 mail in rebate from the ram, free 50pk blank dvds, and free DVD movie, that I got from the $100 GC hahahahahahaha.
What a steal! No more trips back to Future shop yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So after I get the $30 MIR back, that would mean I would have paid a total of $1367 + tax. pretty sweet.