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Waterproof Laptop: Necessity or Novelty?

I've certainly had my fair share of spills and accidents on my laptop and computer keyboard. Thankfully companies like Sony Japan are realizing that a simple coffee and tea break can turn into a disaster if your laptop were to get spilled on. Featured on Gearfuse, this VAIO type G notebook uses a built-in drainage system to protect your laptop from liquid. In the event of a spill, it will automatically turn off—although I'm curious to know whether this will prevent electrical shortages and corrosion. The LCD screen is also said to withstand scratches, making this laptop quite the durable little gadget. The G notebooks are set to go on sale October 6th in Japan with a price tag of $1500 and upwards, depending on personal customization. While a good investment for travelers and people who work outdoors, it may not be for everyone. Would you pay a premium for a waterproof laptop? Waterproof laptop: necessity or novelty? Leave your answer and comments below!

jdots24 jdots24 10 years
Necessity, I ruined one mac book already with a drink. Luckily it was insured so I got a new one. While I am not EXTRA EXTRA careful around my gadgets, making everything waterproof and durable is a big plus!
geohiker geohiker 10 years
I am always fearful of a water attack on my computer! I had one very "exciting" week where I destroyed a tv and a vcr (in separate incidents) by spilling water on them. I am SO careful around my computer now. I guess I could avoid that with this new computer!
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 10 years
I need this!!
skinnyforme skinnyforme 10 years
Necessity.. well for people like me :P
syako syako 10 years
I'm not sure how the "shutting down the hard drive" will work on this model, but my vaio has a disk protection feature that basically (somehow) detects when the computer is about to be dropped or jerked and it protects the hard drive so if it is dropped, that part will be saved. Sometimes when I jerk my laptop too quickly a message will appear that says it's protecting my hard drive (it doesn't shut down or anything, so it's not annoying). I think it's a pretty cool feature.
Tall-Face Tall-Face 10 years
at first i thought Novelty, all the way, but then i remembered how much i love dumping glasses of water on my laptop, which is a pretty expense habit, but not anymore! :D oh, and lets not forget all the time i'll save by working in the shower now! "what's that boss? you need those TPS reports by tomorrow? NO PROBLEM SON!"
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
I think it's a Necessity because seriously, how much do you eat around your laptop? Quite a bit I'm assuming!
lily314 lily314 10 years
Now that I've read the Gearfuse article, I'm not sure how effective this laptop would be. I spilled wine on my Macbook (the day I bought it, 5 minutes after I booted it for the first time, I might add), and what actually got fried was where the battery feeds into the laptop. It shorted and we have the burn marks to show for it. My boyfriend and I disassembled the laptop and the hard drive was a little sticky but ultimately looked okay. We bought another Macbook the next week, as well as the $20 keyboard cover that has been absolutely phenomenal. So my question is, why make a laptop that allows water to drain through the keyboard? Why not just make a seamless keyboard (i.e., incorporate the plastic skin that's currently sold separately) that doesn't let water get to the innards to begin with? Sony says the hard drive will shut down when it detects water. Probably better than having to manually shut it down, especially if you don't notice the spill. But doesn't that mean that water can get to the inside anyway? And wouldn't it be too late? I'd be interested in seeing an independent reviewer test Sony's claims.
lily314 lily314 10 years
OMG necessity! Laptops aren't desktops. Say what you will about being careful with drinks around laptops, but they're meant to be portable, so what happens when you're outside and you get caught in a rainstorm? If your bag gets soaked, don't expect the warranty to cover the water damage (act of nature). Or what if your clumsy friend trips and fries your laptop? There's only so far that personal responsibility can get you.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 10 years
Definitely a necessity! I have damaged one too many laptops before for something as stupid as spilled soda...this would have been a lifesaver for me.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 10 years
BTW to anyone who thinks this is expensive. Sony is not Dell, so this is an average price for one of their laptops. Your paying to not have the garbage that Dell will sell you.
verily verily 10 years
Necessity. Unlike your desktop's keyboard, spilling liquid onto your notebook's keyboard can do some serious damage! I'm hyperparanoid around my laptop.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
necessity, although i've never spilled anything on my computer or keyboard and i eat around mine all the time. my roommate has ruined many keyboards though
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
great idea!
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 10 years
Necessity, but too much $$. :/
nitronat nitronat 10 years
I eat and drink around my laptop however I'm always very careful around it so I'm saying novelty. Knock on wood I haven't had an issue with it. *knocks on wood*
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
staceyleeroberts staceyleeroberts 10 years
I've dumped beverages on 2 laptops, the first one Geek Squad was able to salvage, the second time I ruined a laptop's keyboard. I would love this.
bibelot bibelot 10 years
Necessity. I upgraded to my current laptop after accidentally spilling water on my the previous laptop's keyboard. Even though I turned it upside down and left it on a towel to dry overnight, and it *did* eventually reboot, it was never the same. I'm in law school and I use my computer to take exams. I was terrified that it might die in the middle of a test, so I bought a new one...and I bought one of those plastic laptop keyboard shields to go with it. THAT was a great investment - $20 of plastic has prevented some catastrophic near-misses!
wingedkiare wingedkiare 10 years
It's definitely a necessity. My sister killed her Macbook after tripping and spilling wine in it (she waited nearly a week to turn it back on, just in case). I've had far too many close calls with my own.
DeJaVuE DeJaVuE 10 years
There was this kid that spilled beer on his and he didn't really know much about computers so my boyfriend took it to look it it because it wouldn't power on. Well we had it laying around for like 3 weeks and the kid never called . So my boyfriend went to just power it on just for kicks and it powered up! no problems what so ever. So he called the kid and said hey man this laptop is screwed i opened it up and the insides are junk. So we brought the "broken" laptop for 175. My boyfriend turned around and sold it on ebay for probably 450!! Moral.. When you think your laptop is junk because it doesn't power up after you've spilled on it.. Let it sit around for a while and MAYBE it will dry itself! Whooo hoo!
syako syako 10 years
I love me some vaio. I'm on my second vaio laptop and it looks like this one might be my next upgrade. Sony does some fabulous stuff and makes their laptops worth the money they charge.
Megatron Megatron 10 years
Necessity. I eat and drink, espcially drink around my lappy aaaaalllllll the time.
Random2 Random2 10 years
My boyfriend would love this. He's a messy eater, and tends to leave half full pop cans by his computers, which tend to get spilled.
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