QUOTE(icruise @ Oct 14 2005, 12:01 AM)
Good advice Cresho, but I think he was asking more about what the difference was between buying from different retailers. PriceJapan just sends you the unit as it is sold in Japan, with no conversion. I haven't done it, but I understand the conversion process isn't that tricky. If you're confident that you can do it, and you don't need as much hand-holding as Dynamism might give you in terms of support, then feel free to go with the cheaper option.
- I'm with icruise on this. The "mcconvert" script is readily available on the web. I got my C1k from Chase and Company for considerably less than Dynamism, but more than PriceJapan. It came converted, but knowing now what it takes to convert, I'd feel comfortable recommending an unconverted one as long as you feel comfortable converting it
. The process is very
simple, but all in Japanese, though I have seen directions on the web somewhere, months ago.
- The more expensive distributors also give you support if the unit fails. C&C has a shop right in Japan, and they handle all warranty returns for you. If you're like me and have no problems, that's not money well spent, but I'd think if there is a problem, that warranty proxy would suddenly become priceless
- I personally have never missed the hard drive, and got the C1k because it was $150 less than a C3k (no C3100 at that time), and a 4GB CF drive costs $150. I also read a number of other forums and discovered that the microdrives are rather fragile ... one drop while it's actually using the drive and it's toast, though parked it's pretty durable. I really really didn't like the idea of my only
storage going the way of the dinosaur because I was listening to some music and dropped it!
- If I wanted the HD that
badly I could just get it later. I don't do that much music (only five CDs on the SD right now), and I find the 1GB limit to be a little annoying, but not all that. The only
thing I wish I could so is stick some swap in, but with a little memory management I haven't actually had any trouble there, either.
- Hope this helps...