Well, I got one laptop yesterday. And today they canceled the order for the second one.
I can only blame Sony partially. MY credit card denied the charge because they said it looked like fraud when I was charged twice for the exact same amount. I told them I was upset and wanted compensation since I lost my free shipping because of them. They said up yours. Oh well, I'll use other credit cards from now. I was only spending about $5000 a month with them, why should they try to compensate for screwing me.
Sony brilliantly handled this by canceling the order, not calling me, and telling me to reorder when I called customer service.
While they were at it, they told me not to reorder for another month. They said the reason I had problems with this notebook was because its backordered because the S270 is coming out in a week and a half, and therefore they have no parths for the S170 left.
Of course that is bull**** as I expect the s270 to be almost identical. I mean, really, these people must take me for some fool. However, the guy said if I reordered the s170 I might get the same backorder problems. And this was a SALES guy. My god, if he is tellin me not to order there must be some reason. He said once the S270 comes in, they should have everything in stock withing a couple of weeks. So pretty much you can wait until the end of october to get an S270. Hey I've only been trying to order one for a month.. whats another month
I've just about given up. I did email a guy from the shipping department who seemed to be nice, and since he wasnt a customer rep, he doesn't seem to tell me any lies. I got one final inch of hope that I can somehow get that laptop. But i'm guessing as soon as its denied they send it somewhere, who knows where. My god, would it be so hard for Sony to call me and have me give them another credit card number.
Oh btw the s170 I did get is good. Freezes with doom 3 for some reason, while XP does not freeze. Odd, but I will try the omega drivers sometime in the future. Fan noise is audible, but not too annoying. It gets dirty easily, especially if you have oily/sweaty hands. 1 Gig ram + 7200 RPM hard drive were fairly easy to install and seem to work okay. The XBRITE screen is very reflective and a little annoying in some light/dark settings, but if you get a good setting the picture is worth it. I should be overjoyed with this thing, but Sonystyle has soured it beyond help. I'm just blah about it.
Anyone know what the S270 will have different. The only thing that could save me from this depression is news of an ati 9700 w/ 128 mb VRAM. BTW this thing gets really hot with doom, I don't think getting such a powerful GPU in a such a small space is the brightest of ideas.