Originally Posted by djdeuce2001
ok im thinking of canceling my dell700m order to get this. I am wondering though if i order this with the lowest specs 40gb hard drive can i replace this with a hitachi 60gb 7200 i ordered to put in the 700m and also does the s270 take what kinda ram? i order a 1gb ram chip would i need to return that and get 2 , 512 chips. Also is the radeon 9700 in it good enuff to run high end games and why doesnt the website show the dvd burner being available even though it says theirs on on it at sonystyle.com
Yes, you can put in a new hard drive. Complete instructions with photos on this site, as well as sony.dirtysoap.net. It's a bit of a pain (20 screws, lots of little connectors) but certainly very do-able. The 7200rpm drive makes a massive difference in performance.
The radeon 9700 is ok. Not phenomenal, but I think 90% of games will work fine. I haven't had luck with Doom3, though supposedly others have. No problems with most other games. i.e. with Unreal 2004, I can play with most of the settings maxed out in single player... although when I play multiplayer, I've got to put the settings to medium or slightly less for good performance. Anyway, that's the best graphics chip you're going to find in a 4lb notebook.