Hunt for U101

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idx_pr_img5.jpgA friend in the US offered to send us some of our favorite Middle Eastern food if we'd go shopping for him. He wanted Sony's tiny laptop, the U101, which isn't sold outside Japan.

Well, as of Saturday, it isn't sold in Japan either.

Tod went to Bic Camera on Saturday afternoon, after he'd received the full shopping list of accessories (why buy a computer if you don't get a case, DVD drive and more memory!), but Bic Camera salespeople told him that Sony isn't making the U101 anymore and it's not available for sale.

On Sunday, checked kakaku.com, a website that shows prices all over Japan, then scoured Akihabara. No U101 at Yamagiwa (where he had seen it before), not at Llaox nor at any of a half dozen other stores. Finally he found one, the last one in all of Tokyo it seems, at a store so obscure that their shopping bags sport the name of a florist.

Tod definitely earned his finder's fee.

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Shishleek!

The fact that the U101 is next to impossible to find at outlets like Yamagiwa etc. usually means that the next version is going to be launched real soon and that the manufacturer has unloaded their current stock...

I wouldn't be surprised to hear pretty soon of an U102 announcement, with a faster CPU...

hey! i'm after to buy this too! i'm off to japan next week too... it will be a real shame if it's not available - are there still any places left in toyko that sell it? is the new one out yet???

Hi,
do you have the web adress of Llaox store, please!

Brgds

Stefan Jauer

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