Hiding Machiavelli

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MY GADGETS: Neo Empriva 572SBx

Posted by Eric the Fruit Bat on April 9, 2009

Neo Empriva

Say Hello to Cecilia (the laptop)!

It’s a budget laptop from NEO, the Empriva 572SBX. I got it in November 2007 for around US $700 or around PHP 35,000 depending on the exchange rate. I’ve read somewhere that it shares similarities with the ‘Sager NP7250′ laptop that’s sold in the US.

The Empriva 572SBx is a very compact laptop. I got the white one. Looking back now, I think I should have gone for the fuchsia or for the ‘yellow cab’ yellow – but, then again no. If there was a red though, maybe I would have gone for that. Hehe.

An Affordable Investment

Anyway, this laptop has been one of the very best investments I have ever made – even though I just recently finished paying for it. I went for a financing plan, which I think may have been a mistake, but I didn’t have the money to pay it in full back then.

The best part about it is that the laptop has practically paid for itself. With it, I have established an ‘okay’ freelance web content writing career and I have never missed a payment. If it wasn’t for this laptop I would probably still be penniless or maybe working in a hospital. Since until recently, I’ve had an aversion to being a nurse, I would probably be the former – broke, completely broke.

Laptop Specs

I’m not really sure what the right specs for my laptop are, but you can find a good review here. The images are from that website too. I would have taken the pictures myself – if only I wasn’t too lazy. Hehe.

So, if you guys are looking for an affordable laptop consider something like my NEO. Although, I’m pretty sure there are a lot more cheaper versions out there.


NEO Problems

I think that as a NEO owner, I need to divulge the fact that it wasn’t smooth sailing with my laptop from the get go. No, I had a lot of trouble at the start. I kept getting the Blue Screen of Death, which wasn’t a good thing. I took several trips to the shop before we figured out that the RAM was the problem. I got a new one and its been okay since then. I’m actually planning to upgrade the RAM in a few weeks or so.

Also, the laptop has a very low battery life – ONE ‘not-nearly-enough’ HOUR, but overall, it’s good and its the first gadget I ever bought with my own money – even if it was via a financing plan.

BTW, I checked NEO‘s website and they have models for under 16K PHP. I cant find my Empriva there anymore though – it must have been discontinued.


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