As much as people complain about HP's, if you know how to use them, and you have a good virus protectant, then you are good to go. I love the HP that I'm working with. I had a sony before and it only lasted a year. My dad has a dell laptop, and he's not too found of it. Our school has apple computers, they are good for art and such, but for school work, people with many photos, and music, it's not a good computer because it has such a small hard-drive. I have 42gb of music sitting on my HP and it still runs smoothly (and that's without the movies or music videos) Hope that this helps.