In an effort to consolidate threads:The difference between odering painted and unpainted lappys.
As for reports from earlier in this thread:
The original painting system was untested and turned out to be completely unworkable as designed. Orders placed under said original system were placed around early October, and resulted in:
a) Paint job orders placed for ridiculously low prices ($325 for a Chameloen paint job, $15 for a High Gloss finish), apparently because overspray approximations were several orders of magnitude too small. (Yes, someone's losing money - the prices were miscomputed and apparently do not even cover the costs of the paint itself).
b) Several-month delays in order delivery, namely turn-around times of 60-80 days, or even longer if complications arose (*cough* my card reader *cough*)
. So some people are just getting their machines now. These delays were the result of incorrect paint and clearcoat mix formulations resulting in excessive drying times. The first batches had clearcoat drying times of four weeks
before they could be shipped to Sager for reassembly!
c) Because of the delays, customers forced to wait for their computers were given a $100 rebate check, knocking their paint job prices even lower.
d) Don't get too jealous of the low prices the early October folks paid, though, because there was a mid-October price drop on the machines themselves, so the early October folks probably paid an extra $150-$300 for the hardware under the paint.
In any event, the painting process is now streamlined and effficient, and a one-month turnaround is quite fast given that the machine is painted to order
after you request the exact color you would like to receive. Prices reflect the high quality materials being used in copious quantity.
In case those last two words confused you, it takes a lot of paint - and a lot of overspray - to put a lot of layers of paint onto a small and complicated surface like the many parts of a laptop.