|Originally posted by Bok79
I thought the same exact thing when I got the email informing me of my order be delayed. Man, just a day or two earlier and I wouldn't had to have gone through this fiasco.
I think your right, I'll be jumping ship on the 8890. I'll give PCT a call on Tue. and make the switch. I want to be able to get something before I have to leave.
Was Laura able to give you a ship date on your new order? I hope it's before you had to leave.
She didn't exactly. She didn't promise anything, so I don't want people to think they are committing to this, but she did mention that with the shortage of 8890's, they now have a lot more time to work on the 5680's, and in fact many are shipping same-day - it depends on what they have on hand and whether you order anything weird or not. I certainly hope to see the thing go out the door this week if not sooner. In any case, I can say with certainty I'll be getting it a lot sooner than I would the 8890
The more I think about it, the more I come to realize this was probably a blessing in disguise. The 5680 is just as powerful - same CPU options, same dual DDR 400 memory, same video, etc - just a screen that is an inch smaller (but in the case of the wide-angle view, much nicer to look at from what I can tell due to a higher contrast ratio), and a little less expandable. Basically, it doesn't have a 3rd bay, meaning no TV tuner (which I didn't care about anyway) or 3rd hard drive option (which I didn't care about either). It also doesn't have that big keyboard with the numpad, which is actually the one thing I will probably miss the most, believe it or not. I'll just carry one of those portable "flex" keyboards with me; I use one at my office and they are actually really nice, not to mention easy to tote around.
On the other hand, the 5680 has a quick-release primary battery and an option for a second battery in the media slot if you skip the 2nd hard drive/cd option. THIS, I have come to realize, is a big advantage. I travel a lot and the battery life on the 8890 was the one serious concern I had with it. I mean, I couldn't even get a full DVD movie out of it on a plane.
Now, you may be thinking "But Ix, even WITH the second battery installed, the 5680's life is just a little longer than the 8890's". Ah, but swappability (my word) is the key here. The fact that you can have two batteries in it means you can swap one out without having to shut down (unless I am missing something). The fact that the primary battery is quick-release and not screwed in like the 8890 means said swappage is a lot easier. For an extra $230, I can get two spare primary batteries, which (given that the primary battery life is about 1 hour, the primary + secondary is about an hour and 50 minutes) means I could get about 3 hours, 50 minutes or so out of the 5680 on a plane for work or DVD watching, and a little more than 2 hours of serious gaming. All I have to do is swap out the primaries while leaving it running on the secondary. A little cumbersome, perhaps, and of course I have to pay for and carry two extra batteries, but that's no big deal (I got the deluxe Targus backpack anyway). And it makes this solution MUCH more portable.
Given the amount of people here dying for an adapter for one of those Electrolux Powerbricks that cost $500-800 so they can lug them around and use it with their 8890's, it's not even that crazy to spend $230 and get two extra batteries that weigh about 3 pounds combined. Not for almost 4 hours of uninterrupted usage on a plane.
Also, with the 5680, since it still uses mini-PCI and not that weird mini-USB that the 8890 does, you can get internal wireless-G with it and use the built-in antenna. I have wireless-G at my home and all my stores, so this was a big feature for me.
The only thing I really don't like about the 5680 is it's Firewire port appears to be the mini, unpowered, 4 pin kind, which I hate because I can't charge my iPod off it. I'll live with that, though.
Anyway, you may well want to consider it. It's also about 3 pounds lighter and was a few hundred dollars cheaper for me (and that's with the 3.2 processor and a gig of ram, along with the 7200 rpm hard drive). I'm starting to think I should have just ordered one in the first place, as it's a better fit for my needs. Being a geek, I was just distracted by all that expandability the 8890 has, but portability means more.