hpq makes some awesome notebooks, as does sony... those are two primary companies, I haven't bought a Dell laptop in awhile. Apple is pretty cool. I would stick with namebrand companies, a Sony I bought wouldnt fire up after a week of use, I was able to exchange it for a new one just by walking into the store. I have 4 fired up during trading hours. Another couple are in the bathrooms, or next to the bed.