Last year I wrote an article about saving money by purchasing Lenovo TopSeller X200 Tablet PCs versus purchasing directly from Lenovo online. Recently, I revisited their website to see if the pricing gap had narrowed. It hasn't.
Keep in mind that from time to time Lenovo has sales and offers coupons that reduce the price of their build to order units. The TopSeller bundles are still a little less expensive and, since you don't have to wait for them to be custom built, ship more quickly. Since the TopSeller bundles can't be customized, if you need a specific configuration the Lenovo store is your only option.
First, it's important to see what is included in the various TopSeller bundles. Here is a screen clipping from their website showing the part numbers and features:
Here are some comparisons:
7449-88U - This has the LED backlit display, 160Gb 7200rpm HD, Ultrabase w/DVD-RW, Vista Business, 8-cell battery and 3 year warranty. The price on our store is $1,949. Configure the same unit with the same features on Lenovo's website and the price is $2,339.15.
TOTAL SAVINGS: $390.15
7449-EKU - This has the Multiview/Multitouch display, 160Gb 7200rpm HD, Ultrabase w/DVD-RW, Vista Business 64, 8-cell battery and 3 year warranty. The price on our store is $2,199. If you configure this on Lenovo's site the total is $2,729.15.
TOTAL SAVINGS: $530.15
To look up all the different configurations and specifications of Lenovo TopSeller units, go to the Lenovo website and scroll down to ThinkPad X200 (7449) - TopSeller.
To check prices on Lenovo X200 Tablet PC configurations, visit our Lenovo store.